The Nissan Murano was one of the first midsize crossovers introduced in the United States. At its debut, it instantly became a popular alternative to the traditional SUVs of the time thanks to its carlike ride, spacious interior, powerful V6 engine and distinctive styling.
Since then a second-generation Murano has bowed. It follows a similar formula, though it's a bit classier than the older model and has a more responsive transmission. New or used, however, the Murano is worth a look for those shopping for a midsize crossover.
Current Nissan Murano
The Nissan Murano brings liberal helpings of style and performance to the crossover segment. All trims are available in either front- or all-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 good for 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque puts its power to the pavement through a continuously variable transmission (CVT)
The Murano is offered in four trim levels. The base S model is reasonably well-equipped, including dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-CD changer, but many desirable items are grouped into packages not available on the S. The SV adds features like a panoramic sunroof and rearview camera, and the SL trim offers leather upholstery. The top-of-the-line LE pours on the decadence, offering as standard just about every option on the Murano's list.
We've generally praised the Nissan Murano's sophisticated appearance, stylish and comfortable interior, strong V6 engine and sharp handling characteristics. Our only concerns are the Murano's middling fuel economy and poor rearward visibility. Competing models may be better on one or both of these counts, but they won't likely offer the Murano's combination of performance and style.
Read the most recent 2014 Nissan Murano review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Nissan Murano page.