2020 Nissan Murano

Performance


#15 out of 22 in Midsize SUVs

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2020 Nissan Murano Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.7

The only engine available with the 2020 Nissan Murano is a V6. It has adequate power, but it’s a bit sluggish off the line. It’s paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission that is smooth, and it admirably simulates the shifts of a traditional automatic transmission. The Murano puts the focus on ride comfort, so it’s not ideal for drivers seeking engaging handling.

  • 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 (2019)
  • 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 (2019)
  • 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 (2019)

Acceleration and Power

The 2020 Murano has a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. While this SUV is a bit slow accelerating from a stop, it has plenty of power for passing and keeping up with traffic on the highway. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) has refined shifts. In fact, it’s one of the better CVTs on the market.

The Murano gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, whether it's equipped with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Those figures are pretty good for the class, especially for a V6-powered model.

  • "… We expect that most buyers will think the CVT feels just fine, and they'll definitely appreciate its role in helping the Murano achieve such respectable fuel economy." -- Autotrader
  • "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 (2019)
  • 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 (2019)

Handling and Braking

The Murano is tuned for driving comfort. Consequently, it has light steering and some noticeable body roll through turns. However, the overall ride is generally comfortable and smooth. The Murano comes standard with front-wheel drive, and it's available with all-wheel drive.   

  • "… we think the vast majority of consumers will appreciate the balance Nissan has struck between good handling and a soft, comfortable ride." -- Autotrader
  • 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 (2019)
  • 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 (2019)
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