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2017 Nissan Murano Review

The high-ranking 2017 Nissan Murano has an upscale, spacious cabin and intuitive tech features. It isn’t as engaging to drive as class competitors, but it offers a comfortable and smooth ride.

Pros & Cons

  • Posh cabin
  • Very comfortable seats
  • Intuitive tech features
  • Fuel-efficient for a V6 SUV
  • Not as athletic as rival SUVs

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Nissan Murano's #2 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2017 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 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Nissan Murano Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan Murano a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Nissan Murano is a very good used midsize SUV. It has superb fuel economy, a posh cabin, and easy-to-use tech features. In addition, we named the Murano our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money. Just note: If you’re in search of a sporty SUV, you may want to look elsewhere. Performance isn’t the Murano’s forte.  

Why You Can Trust Us

We researched 28 Nissan Murano reviews and included information on price, reliability, fuel economy, and more to give you a complete overview of the 2017 Murano.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan Murano?

Based on almost 1,300 listings for the 2017 Nissan Murano, you can expect to pay between $21,000 and $35,400 for this vehicle. The average list price is $26,400. Prices fluctuate based on demand and the vehicle's mileage, features, and condition.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan Murano Cost to Own?

On top of the initial purchase price, many costs will arise after you drive off the lot. The Murano’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are estimated to be $24,130, or around $4,830 per year. By comparison, the 2017 Ford Edge's five-year cost estimates are around $24,500, while the 2017 Honda Pilot’s are about $27,700.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Murano?

A 2018 Nissan Murano has a base price of $30,800, which is $4,400 more than the average price of a 2017 Murano. For the 2018 model year, Nissan made automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, navigation, and an 8-inch touch-screen NissanConnect infotainment system standard. If these additions don’t appeal to you, you may want to stick with the 2017 Murano model to save money. You can also find some upper-level 2017 models with these features, often for less money than a new model.

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You can also purchase the highly rated 2018 Kia Sorento for about the same as the average price of a used 2017 Murano. While the Sorento has a smaller, less powerful engine than the Murano, it still offers a quiet and comfortable ride. The Sorento has a spacious interior with high-quality materials, great fuel economy estimates, and an available third row of seats.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Murano Is Best?

Nissan redesigned the Murano for the 2015 model year, but changes have been minor since then. The 2016 Murano made a USB port standard, while an 11-speaker Bose audio system became available. For 2017, Nissan began to offer Apple CarPlay. Since there aren’t many differences between the models in this generation, you can save money by shopping for an older model and still get a similar vehicle.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan Murano?

The 2017 Nissan Murano has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That is slightly above average.

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2017 Nissan Murano Recalls

As of this writing, there is one recall for the 2017 Murano. Brake fluid may leak onto the circuit board, resulting in an electrical short. If this recall affects the used model you are considering, make sure the problem has been addressed by a Nissan dealer before you buy.

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Which Used Nissan Murano Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Murano comes in four trims: S, SV, SL, and the top-of-the-line Platinum. The S or SV trims will suit most shoppers. The base S is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, an infotainment system with 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 SV trim adds remote engine start, an 8-inch touch-screen NissanConnect infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and fog lights. The SL trim features an 11-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a power liftgate, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a driver drowsiness monitoring system. The top-of-the-line Nissan Murano Platinum trim adds alloy wheels, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

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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.

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

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How Safe Is the Murano?

The 2017 Murano earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in addition to the highest score of Good in all five of its crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the Murano.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2017 Murano. Available advanced safety features include a 360-degree camera system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a driver drowsiness monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and forward automatic emergency braking.

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2017 Nissan Murano Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Murano or 2017 Ford Edge?

The 2017 Ford Edge and the Murano have a lot in common. They both have comparable safety scores, comfortable cabins, and great fuel economy estimates. The Murano has a higher predicted reliability score, but the Ford Edge has sportier handling and more available engines. The Edge is a bit more spacious than the Murano, offering more rear-seat legroom and cargo space whether the rear seats are up or down. In fact, we named the Murano our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for Families, thanks to its combination of space and available family-friendly features. Ultimately, both SUVs are excellent choices.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Murano or 2017 Nissan Pathfinder?

There aren’t many reasons to choose the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder over the Murano. Though it produces more horsepower from its base engine than the Murano, it is plagued by a poor predicted reliability rating, a rough ride quality, and unengaging handling. One of the few advantages the Pathfinder has over the Murano is its size. It has more cargo space and can adequately seat up to seven with its third row of seats. If you can do without this extra space, you’re better off sticking with the Murano.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Murano or 2017 Honda CR-V?

The 2017 Honda CR-V is a very good compact SUV. While the CR-V is from a smaller class than the Murano, it offers almost 10 cubic feet more cargo space and more rear-seat legroom than the Nissan. It earns comparable safety scores and predicted reliability ratings to the Murano. While it gets better gas mileage than the Murano, the CR-V’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine is no match for the Murano’s V6. Still, it’s hard to go wrong with either SUV – especially considering they are priced similarly.   

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2017 Murano Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan Murano Drive?

The Nissan Murano is equipped with a 260-horsepower V6 engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). While CVTs tend to be noisy, the Murano’s is one of the best around. And although the Murano’s V6 engine isn’t the most powerful, it has sufficient power for the average driver. The Murano keeps its composure, but it does produce some body roll, and steering could be sharper. For the most part, it offers a cushy, smooth ride. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2017 Nissan Murano Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Murano has some of the best fuel economy estimates in the midsize SUV class. With both the front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models, the Murano gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

2017 Nissan Murano Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Murano can tow up to 1,500 pounds.

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2017 Murano Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 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. Its Zero Gravity seats are made to reduce pressure on your body. Additionally, there is plenty of room in both rows to comfortably fit four adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 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 deep in the seats.

2017 Nissan Murano Features

The Murano's standard features list includes a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a NissanConnect infotainment system with a 7-inch display. Available upgrades include a panoramic moonroof, a power liftgate, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, and an upgraded version of NissanConnect with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation. The upgraded infotainment system is fast and has crisp graphics and intuitive menus.

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2017 Nissan Murano Dimensions

Nissan Murano Cargo Space

The Murano has 32.1 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats. With the second row folded, this expands to a maximum cargo space of 67 cubic feet.

2017 Murano Length and Weight

The Nissan Murano is around 16.1 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,769 to 4,017 pounds. The Murano’s gross vehicle weight ranges from 5,110 to 5,280 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Nissan Murano Built?

The 2017 Murano was assembled in Canton, Mississippi.

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