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2016 Nissan Murano Review

The 2016 Nissan Murano ranks in the top third of its class, thanks to its roomy, upscale cabin and intuitive technology. It may not be the most athletic midsize SUV, but it rides smoother than many of its competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh, comfortable cabin
  • Easy-to-use tech features
  • Smooth ride
  • Good fuel economy
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Not as athletic as rival SUVs

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Nissan Murano's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Nissan Murano has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 9.3
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2016 Nissan Murano Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan Murano a Good Used SUV?

A used 2016 Nissan Murano is certainly worth buying. It’s a good fit if you prefer comfort to sportiness. Although it has decent composure around turns, it rides better than it handles. As an added bonus, it has respectable fuel economy for a midsize SUV. Inside, the Murano boasts plenty of passenger and cargo space, straightforward infotainment features, and an upscale look and feel.

We named the Nissan Murano our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Families. However, it’s not a good fit for everyone. If you’re looking for a sporty SUV, consider the Ford Edge instead. Also, the Murano has poor rearward visibility, which is a nonnegotiable for some folks.

Why You Can Trust Us

We researched 25 Nissan Murano reviews and included information on price, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a complete overview of the 2016 Murano.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan Murano?

Based on more than 700 listings for the 2016 Nissan Murano on our site, you can expect to pay between $19,000 and $32,400 for this vehicle. The average list price for a 2016 Murano is $24,700. Prices fluctuate based on demand and the vehicle's mileage, features, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan Murano Cost to Own?

Aside from the initial purchase price, there are other costs to owning a vehicle. Compared to other midsize SUVs, the 2016 Nissan Murano’s ownership costs are about average. Over five years, expect to pay just under $23,800 on gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance. That amounts to about $4,750 per year. By comparison, the 2016 Ford Edge's costs are about $500 less, while the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder’s are around $700 more.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Murano?

A 2018 Nissan Murano has a base price of $30,800, which is $6,100 more than the average price of a 2016 Murano. Although that seems like a steep jump in price, it’s worth it if you’re looking for more standard safety and tech features. Unlike the 2016 Murano, the 2018 model comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, the 2018 Murano gives you the benefit of a new car warranty.

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For $1,200 more than the average price of a 2016 Murano, you can get the highly ranked 2018 Kia Sorento. Like the Murano, the Sorento has plenty of seating and cargo space, a smooth ride, and respectable gas mileage. However, the Sorento has a smaller, less powerful base engine than the Murano. All new Kia models come with a five-year/60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. New cars often have available cash-back or financing specials, so check out our Kia deals page for current Kia deals and incentives that could narrow that $1,200 price gap. Buying a new Sorrento could save you money in the long run.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan Murano?

The 2016 Nissan Murano has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is slightly above average for the class.

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2016 Nissan Murano Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three recalls for the 2016 Murano. One involves brake fluid leaking into the brake bump, which could potentially cause a fire. Another recall fixes a problem that prevents the passenger airbag from deploying. The third recall addresses an insufficient brake fluid pressure issue that can lengthen stopping distance.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Murano Is Best?

Nissan redesigned the Murano for 2015, and changes were minor for 2016. A USB port became standard, and the available Bose audio system gained two speakers, pushing the total number to 11.

The Murano was a competitive SUV even before its 2015 redesign. However, the newer generation has improved fuel economy and a fresher look inside and out. Still, the previous Murano generation is a little sportier and easier on your wallet.

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Which Used Nissan Murano Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Murano comes in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The Murano Hybrid, which Nissan produced in very limited quantities, is available in SL and Platinum trims. The base Nissan Murano S comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch display, a rearview camera, smartphone app integration, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. The Nissan Murano SV adds remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and fog lights. This model should suit most shoppers’ needs.

However, for the best balance of features and value, we recommend the Nissan Murano SL, which features an 11-speaker Bose audio system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. You’ll also get several safety features, including a 360-degree parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The top-of-the-line Nissan Murano Platinum trim adds a heated steering wheel, LED headlights, ventilated front seats, and heated outboard rear seats. The Technology package (available with the SL and Platinum trims) adds a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

According to our research, Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Murano?

The 2016 Murano has good safety scores overall. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest score of Good in all five crash test categories. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the front-wheel-drive Murano four out of five stars for its overall, side crash, and rollover ratings. It earned five out of five stars for the side crash test.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2016 Murano. Available advanced safety features include a 360-degree parking camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2016 Nissan Murano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Murano or 2016 Ford Edge?

Both the Ford Edge and the Murano have cushioned rides, high-end interiors, and ample passenger and cargo room. The Murano has a higher reliability score, but the Edge has higher safety ratings. The Edge is nimbler around corners and offers a potent twin-turbocharged V6 engine option. Although both SUVs are excellent choices, the Edge is better if you prefer some fun behind the wheel.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Murano or 2016 Lexus RX 350?

The Lexus RX and the Murano both have comparable safety scores, cushioned rides, roomy cabins, premium interior materials, and long lists of tech features. The main differences between the two are reliability and price. Although the Murano earns a good reliability rating, the RX’s is higher. The cheapest RX costs about the same as the most expensive Murano. Since these models are so similar, buying the cheaper Murano is the wise move.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Murano or 2016 Nissan Pathfinder?

Unless you need third-row seating to accommodate a couple more passengers, buying the Nissan Pathfinder instead of the Murano is a poor decision. The Pathfinder is a mediocre vehicle overall, with adequate engine power, numb handling, and a dismal reliability score. The Pathfinder does have top-shelf cabin materials similar to the Murano, however.

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2016 Murano Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan Murano Drive?

Although it’s not particularly powerful, the Murano’s 260-horsepower V6 engine makes sufficient power. A standard continuously variable transmission, a type of automatic, is one of the smoothest CVTs around. A hybrid model, which Nissan produced in very limited quantities, features a 250-horsepower, supercharged four-cylinder engine that offers better fuel economy. The Murano provides a smooth and stable ride. Though competent, its handling is less athletic than rival midsize SUVs. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2016 Nissan Murano Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Murano’s fuel economy is better than competing V6-powered SUVs. V6-powered Muranos achieve 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Hybrid models return an EPA-estimated 26-27 mpg in the city and 29-30 mpg on the highway, with front-wheel-drive models earning higher estimates than all-wheel-drive variants.

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2016 Murano Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Murano Seat?

The Murano seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats are available. There’s plenty of space all around in the Murano’s quiet and comfortable cabin. However, large rear roof pillars hinder rear visibility. Interior materials are top notch, with many design cues from Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury marque.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Nissan Murano?

There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats, along with an additional upper tether on the middle rear seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Murano's LATCH system as Acceptable – the second-best rating – for ease of use. The upper tethers are all easy to locate, but the lower anchors are buried a bit too deep in the seats to be accessed easily.

2016 Nissan Murano Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-inch display, smartphone app integration, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a USB port. Available upgrades include remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, a navigation system, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and a panoramic sunroof.

Overall, the cabin’s tech features are easy to use, with straightforward buttons and knobs for changing climate and audio settings. The available 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system has clean graphics and a user-friendly layout.

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2016 Nissan Murano Dimensions

Nissan Murano Cargo Space

The Murano offers good storage space for an SUV with two rows. With the rear seats upright, there’s 32.1 cubic feet of storage space. Pull the lever to collapse those 60/40-split-folding rear seats, and you get 67 cubic feet. Power-folding rear seats and a power liftgate are available. Interior storage is decent, though rivals offer more.

2016 Murano Length and Weight

From front to back, the Murano measures about 16 feet. Its curb weight ranges from 3,790 to 4,021 pounds. The Murano’s gross vehicle weight ranges from 5,110 pounds to 5,280 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan Murano Built?

The 2016 Murano was assembled at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, alongside stablemates like the Frontier and Titan.

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