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Nissan Murano Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 260 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/24 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2013 Nissan Murano

  • The 2013 Nissan Murano is a well-rounded midsize crossover that offers an engaging driving experience and overall sophistication.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    High-quality cabin; spacious backseat; responsive powertrain; confident handling; smooth ride; user-friendly controls.

  • Cons

    Less cargo space than some rivals; compromised rear visibility.

  • What's New for 2013

    The 2013 Nissan Murano receives a few new safety features that include lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection and rear cross-path detection.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Very happy with my murano

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Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Murano

I looked at the Enclave and Acadia. I looked at the Equinox and Terrain. I thought about the Forrester. But at the end of the day the Murano was the best of the bunch. I wanted a quiet vehicle and I wanted a smooth ride. The Murano is whisper quiet and smooth as silk. The Nissan V-6 is a proven engine and highly regarded. I highly recommend the Murano.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

So far, we love this

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Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Murano

We bought an SV front wheel drive, and traded in a 2005 Toyota Matrix. With about 3000 miles on it, we've been very impressed. The interior is very upscale, with excellent fit and finish. Motor is very strong. One it's best traits is one of the worst in other vehicles: the CVT transmission. In most other vehicles I've driven with a CVT, the engine drones and the vehicle is sluggish. Not so the Murano! The drivetrain is quiet and this thing takes off! Plenty of room. We love the tilt back rear seats and dual sunroof. Gas mileage has been 25-27 highway.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

2012 sl awd with navigation

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Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Murano

I really enjoy the ride of this car. We went to upstate NY in a snow storm and the car did very well. Overall driving is very smooth. I miss the additional power my Maxima had eventhough they share the same engine.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Glad to have it!

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Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Murano

My wife and I have not been able to afford a Murano until now, and are glad to have it. You truly can't beat the comfort or power in this thing. We had a 2010 Altima with all the specs, and that doesn't even compare to the Murano. We averaged about 23MPG from Florida to Illinois and back with a fully loaded and weighed down vehicle (plenty of space). Handled excellent in Chicago and Atlanta traffic with plenty of power when I needed it. No issues at all. If I baby it, it will get close to 28MPG, or 19MPG if I have too much fun. Was hoping it got closer to 28MPG with normal highway driving (70-80MPH), but 23MPG is still great. LOVE IT!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Extremely bad mileage car!

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Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Murano

Don't have a hope that the car will give you 18-23 mpg city/highway! In fact, it may be way below fine printed 14-20 mpg. I was unlucky to by Nissan Murano S AWD 2012 in July 2012. The car makes only 11-13 miles per gallon even if I drive very smoothly. It is bad in city and bad on highway. Checked with the service in the dealership - they found nothing wrong with the car. Third time the service director took the car on the series of test drives and measured the mileage himself. Not looking at the cluster display but actually running the car, measuring miles, topping the fuel and calculating the mileage. The numbers went out the same: 11-13 mpg. Nissan doesn't want to take the car back!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

Excellent crossover!

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Vehicle: 2012 Nissan Murano

After driving several Crossovers like a Buick Enclave, GMC Terrain and a few others we drove this and loved it. It has a great response and handling and the interior is well put together, fun and sophisticated. It has a lot of technology built in it and it is all user friendly too. Strong engine and we look forward to having a lot of fun in it for a long time

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Full 2013 Nissan Murano Review

What's New for 2013

The 2013 Nissan Murano receives a few new safety features that include lane-departure warning, blind-spot detection and rear cross-path detection.


When the original Nissan Murano debuted, its heavily rounded form was different enough that many folks found the design a little off-putting. A decade later, the market has evolved, and the 2013 Nissan Murano no longer looks so avant-garde. But there's more to the Murano than just styling, and it remains a solid choice for a midsize crossover SUV.

The Murano still offers the same strengths that eventually won over both reviewers and consumers. These include a gutsy 3.5-liter V6, one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT) in the business and a sport-tuned suspension that makes this one of the more engaging crossovers on the market. The interior also remains a handsome and comfortable space that offers the latest in technology, with Moving Object Detection and blind-spot/lane-departure warning systems added to the amenities lineup this year. As far as negatives go, there are significant rear blind spots, and cargo room is mediocre.

There are other solid choices for a midsize crossover, including the 2013 Ford Edge, 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2013 Toyota Venza. But overall, the stylish 2013 Nissan Murano continues to impress.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2013 Nissan Murano is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and LE.

The entry-level S comes well-equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, deep-tinted rear privacy glass, keyless entry/ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, a reclining 60/40-split rear seat, a 7-inch monochrome screen, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer and an auxiliary audio input jack.

The SV adds automatic headlights, foglights, roof rack side rails, heated power front seats (eight-way driver and four-way passenger), a 7-inch color display, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, a universal garage door opener, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth and an upgraded audio system with satellite radio and iPod integration.

Stepping up to the SL trim gets you rain-sensing wipers, heated mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, leather upholstery, power-return rear seats, heated front seats, driver seat memory, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a nine-speaker Bose premium audio system. The LE trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, heated rear seats, a heated and power tilt-and-telescoping steering column and wood interior trim.

Optional on SV models is a Value package that bundles the power liftgate and Bose audio system plus voice controls, Bluetooth audio connectivity and a navigation system. A Navigation package offered for the SL includes those extra features plus blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross-patch detection. The Platinum Edition option for LE models is similar but includes exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels and exterior paint color.

These two trim levels are also offered with a rear-seat entertainment system with twin headrest-mounted displays.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2013 Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a CVT, with the choice of standard front-wheel drive or an available all-wheel-drive system. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 18/23/20 with all-wheel drive.


All 2013 Nissan Murano models feature standard antilock brakes, traction and stability control, active front head restraints, front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive Murano with 18-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 126 feet: an average performance for this class.

In government crash testing, the Murano received an overall rating of four stars (out of a possible five), with four stars for overall front impact protection and five stars for side impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Murano its highest rating of "Good" in both the frontal-offset and side crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Murano's passenger cabin may not be as attention-getting as its exterior styling but it's an attractive place nonetheless. The pleasing aesthetics are enhanced by high-quality materials as well as gauges and controls that substitute trendy trying-too-hard interior design for a much simpler user interface. Even the in-car technology like the navigation system and iPod integration operates quite intuitively.

As far as passengers are concerned, even rear-seat occupants have a generous amount of head- and legroom, not to mention the added comfort that comes from the reclining rear seatbacks. In the cargo hold, the Murano offers 31.6 cubic feet with both sections of those 60/40-split seatbacks up and 64 cubic feet of room with them folded down, numbers that are respectable, though less generous than you'll find in other crossovers.

Driving Impressions

The 2013 Nissan Murano's well-tuned suspension and steering deliver agile handling that's among the best in the category. Ride quality is quite decent, at least on models without the available 20-inch wheels. Complementing this setup is the combination of the strong 3.5-liter V6 and smooth CVT. Unlike other engines fitted with CVT automatics, the Murano's powertrain performs as well as any traditional automatic while helping to boost fuel efficiency.

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