2015 Nissan Murano
Bold styling is something we always appreciate. And, from concept to production, the mid-size 2015 Nissan Murano has kept its promise of sharpening up the typically dull crossover world. With a plunging grille, expressive lighting, cresting sheet metal lines, and floating D-Pillars, Murano is as modern as CUVs come.
Getting a “full body” treatment, the Murano grows and stretches a tad, yet loses close to 145 pounds. That, and better aero, bump fuel economy up as much as 20 percent.
How that petrol is burned is less earth shaking, with the same 260 horsepower 3.5 liter V6. Ditto, is the familiar CVT transmission configured for front or all-wheel drive.
But, that’s where similarities to the old Murano end. Our drive time in Napa proved to us the new Murano’s driving experience clearly mirrors the sportier image; a little on the stiff side and more edgy than last year and most rivals.
The modern exterior carries over to the interior, though here it is both sporty and very satisfying.
A low set gauge cluster, standard 7.0 inch center screen, and reduced button clutter improve functionality.
New ergonomic seats, refined materials, and an open-air cabin theme should move the Murano upscale in its appeal to smaller families. Smaller, because there is no 3rd row option.
Ben Davis: “I’m a big fan of the interior design of the Murano. It looks like a high-end lounge in here. Instead of using a wood, or a fake wood, Nissan’s used this, for a lack of a better term, material that looks a lot like granite. It complements the interior very well; keeps everything light, fresh. The driver’s seat is extremely comfortable. There’s plenty of legroom for driver and passenger, as well as anybody in the back.”
John Davis: Available with a suite of radar and camera based safety systems, the 2015 Nissan Murano starts just over $30,000 and is on sale now.
Engine: 3.5 liter
Price: Starts just over $30,000