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2018 Nissan Murano Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.9

The 2018 Nissan Murano's incredibly upscale cabin helps it stand out from rivals. It's so luxurious that it wouldn't feel out of place in a premium-branded SUV. The cabin has a stylish design and high-end, soft-touch materials throughout. Both rows of seats are comfortable, and the rear seats are roomy enough for adults. Additionally, the NissanConnect infotainment system is easy to use.

  • "The Murano cabin has a level of plushness similar to an Acura or Lexus SUV, if not quite the level found with luxury marques like BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Thick padding covers the tops of the dashboard and door panels, and it runs along the sides of the console." -- Consumer Reports
  • "This is where Nissan put a lot of time and effort. There isn't a straight line in sight, with big, sweeping curves, and even the surfaces that you know are hard appear to be soft." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Once seated, you'll notice how the Murano is noticeably more upscale than the typical compact crossover (think Nissan's Rogue) thanks to plenty of high-quality materials and standard features." -- Edmunds (2016)

Seating

The Murano seats five on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

Nissan equips the Murano with "Zero Gravity" seats inspired by NASA to contour the body to create a weightless feel. They do a great job at keeping you comfortable, though the lower cushion in the rear doesn't provide much thigh support for tall adults. The back row provides ample head- and legroom.

Each outboard rear seat has a full set of LATCH car-seat connectors, while the middle rear seat has an additional upper tether anchor.

  • "Backseat leg room and head room are generous even for adults, and there is good foot room under the front seats. The low second-row cushions reduce thigh support for adults, but the backrest recline adjustments are a welcome touch." -- Consumer Reports
  • "Evidence the Murano is intended for adults is found in the accommodating ‘zero gravity’ seats at the four outboard seating positions." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "Nissan calls them 'Zero Gravity' seats because they are designed to contour to the position the body assumes in zero gravity. Here on 1-G Earth, we think they are among the finest seats on the market." -- Edmunds (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2018 Murano include dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera.

Optional features include a panoramic moonroof, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a 360-degree camera.

The user-friendly NissanConnect infotainment system has straightforward menus, quick responses, and digital buttons for frequently used settings like climate and audio that are always on the screen for easy access. There are also some intuitively arranged physical controls for audio functions.

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  • "The Murano's infotainment system is one of the most intuitive on the market. Physical volume and tune knobs give the audio system a familiar feeling, and radio-station presets and audio-source selection are clearly presented on the touch screen. A row of function 'buttons' that are always visible across the bottom of the screen makes it easy to select what feature you want to use next (i.e., audio, phone, navigation, settings) without a requiring a scavenger hunt through screen menus." -- Consumer Reports
  • "In the middle, there's a clean center console with a large touchscreen interface that facilitates a serious reduction of buttons versus previous Nissan interiors. Everything here is easy to use, with buttons and knobs exactly where you expect them. And the touchscreen system is clean, vibrant, and most importantly, responsive." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "Controls for the infotainment and climate systems are refreshingly simple and easy to reach, at least when compared to other high-end vehicles. The infotainment system includes several real-life buttons and knobs (gasp) that augment other touchscreen controls." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

Cargo

The Murano has 31.1 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seats and 67 cubic feet with them folded. Most midsize SUVs have similar cargo capacities. When you fold the rear seats, you get a flat load floor that makes it easy to slide in cargo. The load floor is low too. A hands-free power liftgate is available.

  • "There is ample cargo space. The rear seats fold down easily to expand it further, and the cargo-area floor is at a convenient height for loading. Bag hooks and tie down loops help with securing items. A 12-volt power supply is handy to handle electronic devices or accessories. Starting with the SL trim line, a power liftgate is standard." -- Consumer Reports
  • "There's also an abundance of interior room in front and back with a generous cargo area, whether the rear seats are in place … or folded flat." -- Cars.com (2015)
  • "… it's very easy to fold down the spring-loaded rear seatbacks. Just touch the appropriate latch in the cargo area and the seatbacks shoot down flat. Another push button powers them back up." -- MSN Autos (2015)

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