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2015 Nissan Murano Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Nissan Murano was new.


Performance: 7.8

The 2015 Nissan Murano rides comfortably and has decent engine power, according to automotive critics. While some test drivers say that it doesn't feel as nimble as the previous model, most are pleased with the 2015 Murano's poised handling. They remark that its continuously variable transmission operates smoothly, and the Murano gets very good fuel economy for the class.

  • "The ride is very quiet, handling is confident but not sporty and the 3.5-liter V6 is perfectly matched to the continuously variable transmission (CVT)." -- AutoTrader
  • "Whether from behind the wheel or participating as a passenger, we found the Murano to be a great place to cover miles." -- Consumer Guide
  • "I drove a variety of trim levels through Northern California wine country last week in torrential rains and found the Murano to be a terrific all-around vehicle that has eye-grabbing looks to spare. But the previous generation's performance-focused spirit is no longer present." -- Cars.com
  • "Again, nothing about the Murano driving experience is particularly engaging, but both refinement and dynamics are appropriate and even above par for the segment." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 260 horsepower, and a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard. At an EPA-estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway, the 2015 Murano gets better fuel economy than other V6-powered, midsize SUVs.

Most reviewers say that the Murano has sufficient power, but doesn't feel especially fast. A few critics observe that highway passing power could be better and that the Murano sounds a bit strained when passing other vehicles on the highway. Reviewers note that the CVT operates smoothly and quietly, and some like the built-in shift points that simulate a conventional automatic transmission.

  • "There's nothing wholly remarkable about the way the Murano moves down the road, but that's no bad thing. … It's not going to feel like a firecracker off the line, but the power is nicely metered-out by the CVT, and while I'm generally not a fan of ever-spinning continuously variable units, Nissan continues to have one of the best setups out there." -- Autoblog
  • "Power delivery is adequate, but not impressive. Accelerating up to highway speeds or passing slower traffic with authority requires a healthy amount of pedal pressure, and the engine sounds a bit coarse in the process. The transmission does a decent job of making the most of the available power, and it feels more like a traditional automatic than an efficiency-minded CVT." -- Edmunds
  • "Although the power rating is hardly impressive for a 3.5-liter engine today, it's certainly adequate for the Murano, which lost 146 power-sapping (and fuel-sucking) pounds in the redesign." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Nissan has essentially perfected the tuning of the 3.5-liter V-6/CVT combination at this point. That's no surprise, given how long this powertrain has been around; the first-generation Murano had this same drivetrain way back in 2003. Refinement has improved greatly since then, and the new Murano might be the VQ V-6's smoothest and quietest application yet." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive is standard in the 2015 Murano and all-wheel drive is optional. Test drivers write that the Murano rides comfortably over rough roads, and most agree that it has poised handling and controlled body motions while turning. Some think the steering is well-weighted, but others think it feels numb and could be more responsive.

  • "We are impressed with the nicely weighted steering, the well-damped suspension, and the firm brake pedal. Just as its predecessor, the new Murano does a nice job of toeing that fine line between isolating and involving." -- Car and Driver
  • "When it comes to handling agility, you won't mistake the Murano for a Porsche Macan, but the steering is responsive and delivers adequate heft, and the car changes direction without undue body lean." -- MSN Autos
  • "On the smooth, surprisingly wet roads around Napa Valley, the Murano was quiet and composed, with no sour moments. Body roll was there, but only in exactly the amount expected. Corners aren't really the Murano's forte, but it held its own when pushed. Brake feel was solid, with linear pedal feel. The steering was light, but there was enough feedback through the wheel to let me know what the front tires were doing." -- Autoblog
  • "Although we didn't find a hint of sportiness … body motions are well controlled and the ride is composed without being too floaty. The only real dynamic letdown is the light steering, which lacks on-center feel and doesn't communicate much of anything through the oversized steering wheel." -- Automobile Magazine

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