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2021 Nissan Murano Performance


#17 out of 22 in Midsize SUVs

MSRP
$32,510
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2021 Nissan Murano Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 6.8

The 2021 Nissan Murano accelerates briskly and rides comfortably on rough roads. Handling is secure but not especially nimble or sporty, and the powertrain can drone loudly at times.

  • "The last Murano we tested had decent performance on our test track and delivered peppy performance around town. Bury your foot in the throttle—an exercise few Murano buyers will do frequently—and the CVT spikes the engine revs and holds them there, resulting in a loud, droning growl from under the hood." -- Car and Driver
  • "When it comes to ride comfort, the Murano ranks well above its competition, and its suspension will cosset occupants over uneven roads and longer distances." -- Autotrader
  • "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)

Engine Options, Horsepower, and Acceleration

  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6 with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic (CVT)

The Murano’s V6 engine provides adequate power for everyday driving and relatively snappy acceleration. That said, the transmission tends to keep the engine operating at high rpm when power is needed, and this revving noise can become irritating over time.

  • "The biggest chink in the Murano’s armor is its CVT transmission. Under full acceleration, the CVT allows the V6 engine to spin noisily at high revs while the vehicle speeds up. It’s an annoying characteristic that will put off enthusiast owners. However less aggressive drivers may not notice the issue." -- Autotrader
  • "The Murano is in its element on long-distance highway jaunts, where the powertrain fades into the background and delivers a peaceful journey." -- Car and Driver
  • "The standard 3.5-liter V6 engine packs enough power for typical daily driving, delivering good acceleration when called upon, and helped by a CVT automatic that's better than the industry average. Consistent, reliable power is delivered to the road without noticeable gear changes except under hard acceleration." -- Edmunds (2020)

MPG Estimates

The Murano gets an EPA-rated 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. That’s above-average for a midsize SUV.

Handling and Braking

The Nissan Murano rides smoothly and comfortably, even over rough pavement. It also feels fairly composed around turns; body lean is noticeable but controlled. However, the light steering can make the Murano feel cumbersome to maneuver in tight areas.

  • "With a suspension tuned for comfort, the Murano makes easy work of road trips, and its suspension damps out even the roughest of potholes to deliver a smooth ride. Encounter a twisty road and the Murano will safely deliver you to the next intersection, but it won't entertain you along the way. The steering delivers good highway stability but is dull and uncommunicative on meandering two-lanes." -- Car and Driver
  • "… we think the vast majority of consumers will appreciate the balance Nissan has struck between good handling and a soft, comfortable ride." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "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 … it isn't claiming to be." -- CNET (2019)
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