2019 Nissan Murano

Performance


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2019 Nissan Murano Performance Review

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Performance: 6.9

The only engine available with the 2019 Nissan Murano is a V6 with enough power to get this SUV up to speed on the highway, thanks to a decent amount of torque, but it doesn't provide many thrills. If you're in the market for an SUV with an engaging ride, the Murano isn’t the vehicle for you. Instead, the Murano is focused on delivering a comfortable, composed ride.

  • Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 sends power to either the front or all four wheels, depending on spec, with output rated at a respectable 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a continuously variable transmission, the V6 takes a while to really get cooking while accelerating from a standstill, but once the engine is in the heart of its power band, mid-range punch is excellent. The Murano's CVT mimics the action of a conventional automatic, kicking down when I stomp the throttle, and offering 'shift' points throughout its action." -- CNET
  • The Nissan Murano isn’t as dull to drive as its Rogue or Rogue Sport lineup mates, with most of the additional verve—marginal though it may be—coming courtesy of the torquey engine, and it is generally comfortable and possessed of a smooth, steady ride. But we can remember the days when Nissan products could be reliably counted on to serve up an extra dose of sportiness, and we miss them." -- Automobile Magazine
  • It should come as no surprise then that Nissan aimed for luxury-car buyers when tuning the Murano's ride, handling and overall comfort (NVH, materials, etc.). The ride is quiet and relatively plush without being too loose, but there is obvious body lean in turns, which can make a mid-corner adjustment feel a bit dramatic." -- Left Lane News

Acceleration and Power

The only available engine in the 2019 Murano is the same 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that has been standard throughout this generation. It's not the most powerful engine in the class, but it does a solid job in everyday driving situations. It gets the Murano up to highway speeds at a decent clip, though acceleration from a stop is a bit slow. The continuously variable automatic transmission operates smoothly, though the engine gets a bit noisy at high speeds.

At the time of this writing, there are no fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Murano. The 2018 Murano, which features the same powertrain, gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

  • "Its 3.5-liter 260-horsepower V6 engine is nothing fancy, but it is responsive and stands out in a crowd of its competitors equipped with smaller turbocharged engines. Plus, the Murano's unobtrusive continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is the textbook definition of how a CVT automatic should be done." -- Edmunds
  • Power goes through a CVT to either the front wheels or all four. On our test drive, we found that acceleration is adequate and the engine feels responsive. It's a bit rough sounding, though, and competitors in this midsize two-row crossover segment offer both smoother and punchier engine options, including the Ford Edge's turbocharged offerings. Pleasantly, the CVT is smooth and doesn't get hung up at specific rpms." -- Autoblog
  • It’s difficult for us to say anything too negative about the VQ-series V-6, which is an old and dear friend, outside of the oft-stated desire for more refinement at higher rpm. … But the 260-hp rating—unchanged since the current Murano made its debut in 2015—reads more like a punchline. You’d think Nissan could at least fit the direct-injected version of the engine from the Pathfinder, where it delivers 284 horsepower and meets more stringent emissions standards—but it didn’t." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

The Murano has a plush ride that remains comfortable even on long trips. Handling is composed in most situations, but there's a fair amount of body roll when cornering, and steering feedback is minimal. Adding the available 20-inch wheels may also make the ride feel jarring over rough roads.

  • As before, the Murano moves down the road with ease. The steering is light and feedback is mostly absent, and there's expected amounts of body roll in turns. This certainly isn't a sporty car -- though, unlike the Maxima, it isn't claiming to be." -- CNET
  • Equally smooth is the ride, which manages to avoid being floaty. Handling is secure, but there's moderate body roll, and it doesn't turn in particularly quickly or eagerly. Steering has good weight to it, but other than some muted feedback from the road, it's vague and imprecise." -- Autoblog
  • "Our biggest beef is with the steering. We'll readily acknowledge that every auto journalist seems to feel obligated to hate any steering system introduced after 1999 or so, but our complaint is far narrower than that. We specifically dislike the lack of feedback when cruising, where the Murano can drift slightly off-line without telling you. Look away for a second and chances are you'll have to make a correction." -- Left Lane News
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