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2014 Nissan Murano Review

The 2014 Nissan Murano has sporty handling and a powerful V6 engine. Its high-end interior is another plus, though its safety scores are not as high as many rival crossovers’ scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile handling
  • Sophisticated cabin
  • Responsive engine


  • Low safety scores
  • CrossCabriolet models have very little cargo space


New for 2014

  • Final model year before redesign
  • Final model year of CrossCabriolet production

Rankings & Awards

The 2014 Nissan Murano's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was a finalist for our 2014 Best 2_Row Midsize SUV for the Money award. Currently the Nissan Murano has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 68 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Nissan Murano Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Murano a Good Used SUV?

Overall, the Murano is a solid choice if you're looking for a comfortable, high-end cabin paired with ample engine power and nimble cornering. The Murano earns above-average reliability scores for a crossover, though most rival SUVs perform better in crash tests.

Drivers who like a little fun behind the wheel should find it in the Murano. It has sharp handling and plenty of power from its 3.5-liter V6 engine. A continuously variable transmission (CVT), which functions like an automatic, is standard. The CVT makes good use of the engine's power, and it operates smoothly, unlike some other CVTs. The Murano gets up to 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which is typical for a midsize SUV. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive can be found in some models.

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The Murano has a handsome and upscale cabin fitted with premium materials. The top trim, which has leather upholstery and real wood trim pieces, is especially luxurious. Whether you're in the front or rear seats, you'll be comfortable and well-supported. There's also ample rear-seat legroom to keep adult passengers happy. The base Murano seats five, while the convertible Murano CrossCabriolet only accommodates four. There are LATCH connectors in the rear seats to help safely install child safety seats. The connectors are easy to find and reach.

Standard features in the Murano include dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker audio system. Higher models add features like Bluetooth, a USB port, navigation, a rearview camera, a Bose audio system, satellite radio, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring. There are physical controls for climate and audio settings that are easy to find and use, and even the functions that you access through the optional 7-inch infotainment system are straightforward. However, the display can be hard to see in bright sunlight. While the standard Murano has a typical amount of cargo room for a midsize crossover, the CrossCabriolet model sacrifices a lot of space. In fact, the CrossCabriolet only has about as much cargo space as a compact sedan.

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Used 2014 Nissan Murano Prices

Prices for the 2014 Murano range from around $16,000 for a base model up to about $25,000 for an all-wheel-drive LE model. Exact prices depend on the SUV's mileage, condition, and features. Pricing may also vary across different regions of the country. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Murano?

The Murano has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is a bit above average for the affordable midsize SUV class. Most midsize rivals have a score of three out of five.

How Safe Is the Murano?

The Murano's safety scores are among the lowest in the midsize SUV class. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Murano a four-star overall rating, while many rivals received five stars. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the Murano earned a Good score in three of the four tests and a Marginal score in the roof strength test.

There are no standard safety features in the Murano, but you may find higher trims with a rearview camera, lane departure warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Murano?

The 2014 model year was the last model year before a full redesign, so there's not much difference between the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Murano models. However, if you want blind spot monitoring or lane departure warning, you'll want to skip the 2012 model, since that feature became available in 2013. Otherwise, you might save some money by shopping for an older model. 

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Which Used Nissan Murano Is Right for Me?

While the base S trim is fairly well-equipped with standard features like dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, and a 7-inch display, the SV model is a better bet. It adds power-adjustable front seats, an upgraded infotainment screen, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a rearview camera.

For more features, the SL gets you leather upholstery, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a Bose audio system. The top-of-the-line LE trim has heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and unique styling elements. 

A certified pre-owned Murano may suit you best. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 68 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We compiled and analyzed 68 different data sets to write this review, including published professional reviews, reliability data, and crash test scores. We've got everything you could want to know about a used Murano, from what fuel economy you can expect to which trim you'll want to buy for leather seats.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our team has 75 years of combined experience in the automotive segment, and we've been ranking the best cars and trucks for a decade. We ensure our reviews remain impartial by keeping our distance from automakers. We don't accept gifts or trips from car companies, and the ads you see on our site are handled by an outside partner.

2014 Nissan Murano and Other SUVS to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Murano or 2014 Nissan Rogue?

The 2014 Nissan Rogue can't quite beat the Murano. Even though both models have similarly high-end cabins and straightforward features, the Rogue's performance falls short. While the Murano has plenty of punch from its V6, the Rogue has an underwhelming four-cylinder engine mated to a less refined transmission. Through turns, the Rogue isn't quite as nimble as the Murano, either. The Rogue is a good choice if you're only looking for practicality and a lower price, but if you want something that is more engaging to drive, the Murano is the better bet.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Murano or 2014 Nissan Pathfinder?

If you need room for up to seven passengers, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has an adult-friendly third row. Otherwise, you're better off sticking with the Murano. Both models offer many of the same features, along with comparably upscale interiors. They even have the same engine – and that's where the problems lie. While the Murano gets plenty of grunt from its V6, the Pathfinder is a larger, heavier vehicle using the same amount of power. That means the Pathfinder is slower getting up to speed, especially when loaded up with seven passengers and their cargo. The Pathfinder can't handle corners as sharply as the Murano. Safety scores for the Pathfinder do beat the scores earned by the Murano, however.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Murano or 2014 Honda CR-V?

Both the Murano and the 2014 Honda CR-V are solid choices for SUV buyers, but each shines for different reasons. The Murano has an upscale cabin, a punchy V6 engine, and sharp handling. The CR-V, on the other hand, has more plastics in the cabin, only adequate engine power, and a ride more tuned toward comfort than agility. However, the CR-V offers more cargo space, better fuel economy, and higher safety scores than the Murano.

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