by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on March 1, 2016
Our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano traveled just shy of 2,000 miles in January, our last full month with the crossover, but we saw no change in any of our overall numbers. A few came close, however.
January's best tank was 27.8 mpg, the second-best overall average in our year with the car, although the 244 miles of range was nowhere near the top. We did achieve a noteworthy range of 382.9 miles on a single tank in January, definitely one of the best that we've seen, but again, not record-breaking.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 4, 2016
I saw an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report a couple days ago about the effectiveness of frontal collision warning and mitigation systems. According to the IIHS study, having a frontal collision warning system on a vehicle can reduce the likelihood of a front-end crash (i.e., the driver rear-ends somebody) by 23 percent.
If the vehicle has frontal collision warning and a mitigation system with automatic braking, the likelihood of a frontal collision drops by about 40 percent on average, the IIHS says.
Our 2015 Nissan Murano happens to have both systems.
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on February 1, 2016
It's that time of year, when little girls in green are peddling their Thin Mint and Trefoil boxes, both door-to-door and in front of stores.
Like most wares, these cookies must pass through a giant warehouse prior to point-of-sale distribution. This year, one of my fellow Girl Scout Moms volunteered to pick up the bulk of our troop's 90 cases of cookies in her 2014 Toyota Sienna. As our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona was already in service elsewhere, who was I to argue?
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on January 26, 2016
When it comes to our 2015 Nissan Murano, my criticisms are few and far between. Dan Frio beat me to the punch when he extolled the plushness of the Murano's cabin. There are many luxury brands that haven't executed soft touch half as well as Nissan has here.
Comfort is a big reason I choose the Murano for many of my longer drives, and like Ed Hellwig, I find that the adaptive cruise control is a real boon in slow, soul-sucking traffic (not so much on the open road, however).
But there are a couple of holes in the Murano's long game, and they're related to the electronics.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 8, 2016
I've spent a lot of time with our 2015 Nissan Murano recently. It's proved to be a comfortable and stylish family cruiser. This comes at the expense of some sport, though. Previous-generation Muranos were known for above-average handling.
Having enthusiastically guided our Murano around a few turns recently, this new third-gen Murano didn't do much for me. But it's not a wobbly mess, either.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 6, 2016
December was another popular month for our 2015 Nissan Murano. We drove it about 2,000 miles, cresting 20,000 miles along the way. Many of those miles were on the highway, and that contributed to maintaining the fuel economy upswing we've seen the past few months.
For December 2015, we averaged 23.4 mpg. That's a bit better than November (22.9 mpg) and it helped push our lifetime mpg up another tenth to 22.5 mpg. Our long-term Murano test is nearing its end so what we have here is pretty close to our final fuel economy.
by By Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 1, 2016
As noted in our previous update, our 2015 Nissan Murano sailed past 20,000 miles recently. That meant it was due for scheduled maintenance. I looked up the recommended 20,000-mile service in the owner's manual, then booked an appointment at Stadium Nissan in Orange, California.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 30, 2015
Over Christmas break, I schlepped my wife and two small children to visit my in-laws for a week-long vacation. I'd originally hoped to secure the Honda Pilot or Kia Sedona in our fleet since I hadn't yet driven either, and I figured the extra space and seating could be useful. Alas, neither was available, but my fallback vehicle, the 2015 Nissan Murano, was, so I signed it out for my 800-mile family road trip.
As my two young children are a little older now (ages four and eight), they thankfully don't require nearly as much travel-oriented accessorizing as they once did. Still, with presents, baked goods and the typical vacation luggage, we packed the Murano's 39.6-cubic feet luggage area pretty full.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 24, 2015
Our 2015 Nissan Murano is the loaded-up Platinum trim level, which means it comes standard with the 8-inch "Nissan Connect" touchscreen. I've been driving our Murano for about a week straight now and have a few observations on how well this touchscreen's interface works.
For automotive touchscreens, an 8-inch display is a pretty healthy size. Most range from 5 to 8 inches, so this one's on the upper end. In theory, the additional real estate allows the interface designers to create a less cluttered and easier-to-use interface.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 22, 2015
That's Mike Magrath in our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano with both hands together on the wheel. It's generally frowned upon to drive like this, but in some rare instances in the Nissan, it's necessary.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 18, 2015
Our typical goal for our long-term test vehicles is to amass 20,000 miles in the course of a year. Some cars seem to easily meet the target while other, less-loved models struggle. While I wouldn't describe our 2015 Nissan Murano as "loved" necessarily, it's definitely been popular, and that definitely suggests success.
Our Murano has clicked off 20k after just 10 months in the fleet.
by Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on December 16, 2015
There's a lot to like about our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano. Its heated front seats, however, don't make the list.
It must be hard to screw up heated seats in 2015, especially in a $40,000-plus crossover where bun warmers have become as ubiquitous as the seat itself. Yet the folks at Nissan have managed to botch the job.
Well, more specifically they managed to botch half the job. The left half.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 14, 2015
It's been a busy couple of months for our 2015 Nissan Murano. In October, we drove it about 2,400 miles. In November, about 2,600. The latter included a couple of long-distance runs to destinations in Northern California and Palm Springs.
That's a pretty good showing given that we're on the verge of 20,000 miles. It's also a testament to how well the Murano does as a long-distance runner. Its creature comforts are many and the cabin such an easy place to sit while burning miles that we'll hit our target and then some by the time the Murano leaves at the end of January.
In November, we averaged 22.9 mpg over nine fills and 110 gallons of fuel. That's a tad higher than the current average lifetime, which crept up two-tenths of a gallon from October.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 11, 2015
In soccer, you're always trying for a soft touch. Receiving a pass, you try to dissipate the ball's velocity by making a cradle with the inside of your foot. Football wide receivers and running backs are likewise taught to bring the ball in softly with their hands and forearms and disperse the energy of that 50-mph leather rocket.
Mike Monticello is an arbiter of the soft touch. Gruff on the outside, the man is all marshmallow inside. He likes his cars to have soft landing pads for arms, elbows and knees. I have to believe the 2015 Nissan Murano interior is fully Monti-approved.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 8, 2015
The on-demand cam in our 2015 Nissan Murano is a personal favorite creature comfort. I'm surprised more automakers don't offer it. There's not much to it really, but it beats the standard rearview cam that only comes on when you engage reverse. That's because Nissan's Around View Monitor is more than a basic rearview cam.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 3, 2015
What's this, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel? In a Murano?
Yes. Our 2015 Nissan Murano offers this unexpected little luxury feature on the Platinum trim, a small incentive to upgrade from the SL. This is actually one of those features that you don't appreciate until you have it. If you're the owner and primary driver of the car, you might just set and forget it. Maybe engage it once in awhile if a car wash or restaurant valet needed to adjust it.
But if you share your Murano with other drivers and the steering wheel position moves around often, you'll appreciate this feature.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 24, 2015
In my apparently never-ending "Will the Bike Fit" saga, this week we're going to put the 2015 Nissan Murano to the test.
Ah yes, but we've upped the stakes. It's no longer just a question of whether the bike will simply fit. Instead, it's changed to: Will it fit with all wheels on?
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 20, 2015
In a rare moment of Edmunds editorial carpooling, editors Josh Jacquot, Dan Frio and I piled into the 2015 Nissan Murano for a dreaded mid-afternoon drive from Santa Monica down to Orange County.
As Josh and I got in up front, I immediately looked to empty my personal effects somewhere. With both console cupholders being used by (you guessed it) cups, there was precious other space to put things.
My immediate question: "Where's the front bin?"
by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on November 19, 2015
Back in September, our 2015 Nissan Murano provided me with an excessive heat alert during the hottest time of the year in an already hot climate. It made me laugh and I jabbed at it here for sharing the relatively worthless warning.
It's November now. You know, winter. In SoCal the normal days dip into the low 70s and nights might drop to 45. Brrr.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on November 17, 2015
Every year, Edmunds editors attend a driving school to refresh our reflexes and keep our insurance guys happy. It's a fun day out of the office, but requires that we drive to a racetrack in a desert about an hour-and-a-half north of our offices. I opted to take our 2015 Nissan Murano for the round-trip.
What better than a cushy crossover loaded with effort-eradicating electronics to cover the distance?
by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on November 13, 2015
I'm a sucker for little details, and one of the things I appreciate most about the 2015 Nissan Murano's cabin is the white stitching against the Nissan's dark leather. It's sporty, yet still classy compared to the bright-colored stitching you often find in cars targeted at younger shoppers.
by John Adolph, Senior Production Manager on November 9, 2015
We added 2,572 miles to the odometer of our 2015 Nissan Murano in October, consuming 120.5 gallons of 87-octane go juice in the process. That equates to 21.33 miles per gallon for the month, just a bit lower than its new lifetime average of 22.2 mpg. All the October miles helped nudge the Murano's lifetime up 0.3 mpg.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 5, 2015
It was time to escape from L.A. for a week or so with some co-workers, an opportunity to unplug and enjoy the wilderness. Before setting out, I expected a large dog for a passenger, quite a bit of gear and perhaps some off-road capabilities. A last-minute change of plans had me switching out of one of our long-term pickups for the 2015 Nissan Murano, but my traveling companions assured me that one of their personal vehicles would get us where we wanted to go while we parked the Murano.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on November 3, 2015
Let's cut right to the chase: the 2015 Nissan Murano is not easy to park, and I'm not even talking about backing it in. For the most part, the big mirrors and multi-view parking camera make up for the enormous rear-quarter blind spot.
No, just going in the old-fashioned way is a pain.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 30, 2015
Most people don't need to haul long cargo on a daily basis. And for those that do, pickup trucks exist. But if a truck doesn't fit your lifestyle or, say, your garage, the 2015 Nissan Murano just might.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on October 26, 2015
As the photo above demonstrates, it's hard to photograph a minor flaw in our 2015 Nissan Murano's interior trim. In person, it's really not that big of a deal, but once seen, it's hard to ignore since it's dead-center in the dash.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on October 22, 2015
While driving for road tests and ratings lately, I've noticed that many cars have very light steering effort. On a winding road I like a decent amount of effort, while in parking lots I want it feather-light. Our 2015 Nissan Murano doesn't quite get this.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 19, 2015
Erin Riches wrote an earlier update about our 2015 Nissan Murano's misaligned interior trim. In that update, she also pointed out the Murano's unusual hood shape, which angles down right near the base of the windshield.
Now I've discovered another potential downside to that angle besides aesthetics: Sun reflections.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 14, 2015
If you go by the spec sheets, so-called midsize crossover SUVs like our 2015 Nissan Murano don't typically offer substantial cargo-hauling capacity gains over popular compact crossovers. For example, the Murano is rated at 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 69.9 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded flat.
The Murano's compact stablemate, the Rogue, checks in at 39.3 behind its second row and 70 cubic feet total.
"Why bother going midsize?" you might ask.
It's a fair question. But I learned there are some subtle differences.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 12, 2015
It's a good thing Nissan doesn't use me in its promotional spots. Otherwise you'd get videos of "Brent Takes His Family to Target" and "Brent Drives to the Gym While Listening to NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" instead of promos full of considerably better-looking young couples going to clubs.
But hey, I'm just keeping it real. And truth be told, the 2015 Nissan Murano is pretty good for my bland, domesticated life.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 7, 2015
Nissan introduced its 360-degree surround-view camera system ("Around View") about eight years ago in the Infiniti EX35 and has gradually added it to other Nissan/Infiniti models since. The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano includes it as part of the SL trim level and, just as on other vehicles, it's a handy feature for parking in tight spaces.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 2, 2015
Our 2015 Nissan Murano plied the clogged byways of metro Los Angeles for much of September, and our fuel economy is left to tell the tale. After about 1,200 miles, we lowered our lifetime average and set a new record for gas guzzling. But hey, there's no crying in accounting, or at least that's what my wife tells me.
by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 25, 2015
Our 2015 Nissan Murano isn't anywhere near autonomous, but it does have one piece of the puzzle — adaptive cruise control. Just set your speed and it maintains a set distance from the car ahead of you. Pretty basic stuff, but when it doesn't work well, it's more hassle than it's worth.
In this case, Nissan's "Intelligent Cruise Control" works quite well.
By Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on September 18, 2015
A few days ago our 2015 Nissan Murano barfed up this meaningless warning on my way to work.
It's September in Southern California, the hottest time of the year in an already hot, dry climate. I'd just spent a few hours outside being reminded how hot it can be in a place that hasn't had meaningful rain in 30 or so months.
And now the Murano is reminding me that it's hot. Or that it's going to be hot 10 miles from where I was at the time.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 15, 2015
The first service for our 2015 Nissan Murano, you might remember, wasn't exactly cheap at around $92. So we were prepared to spend another Benjamin when it came time for the next scheduled service at 10,000 miles. But the Murano proved a popular car during the summer, someone always asking if they could "just borrow it for a weekend or a short road-trip."
Before we knew it, we were overdue for a 10K service.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 9, 2015
Our 2015 Nissan Murano has been a bit of a disappointment for its fuel efficiency performance. As Dan pointed out last month, we're beyond 10,000 miles and hopes are fading that we'll be able to effect any significant change in lifetime fuel economy for the remainder of the test. In August, we posted our best tank yet, but it was a minor victory that lacked long-term impact.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 1, 2015
The seats in our 2015 Nissan Murano are phenomenal. This really can't be understated.
Like Mark experienced awhile ago, I contended with a minor medical malady recently, one that left behind a tender incision on my lower back, held together by a bunch of stitches and carefully considered back movement. I was thankful I had the Murano for several days as the wound healed. I could always find a comfortable position. There's this sensation of being reposed slightly aloft, perhaps the "NASA-inspired" zero-gravity effect that Nissan took pains to tout in its Murano marketing.
Whatever it is, it works.
But you've already heard from others about the seats. I'm just joining the chorus. What I'm actually here to praise is the Murano's continuously variable transmission, that scourge of powertrain technology that is the bane of anyone with a driving pulse.
The Murano's CVT is excellent.
August 26, 2015
Nissan found out the hard way that SUVs and convertibles don't mix well. The Murano Cross Cabriolet didn't find too many homes, so when the 2015 Nissan Murano arrived, we weren't surprised to learn that a convertible version wouldn't be forthcoming.
Instead of going the full convertible route, the latest Murano offers an optional panoramic sunroof. It stretches all the way from above the driver's head to the middle of the second row. It's huge and does a great job of giving the interior a more open feel, especially in the back seat where it's needed most.
August 20, 2015
"Want to go to Pebble Beach in the Yugo?" asked fellow Edmunds editor Josh Sadlier. I'd never been to the Concours d'Elegance and figured it would be pretty fun to go in a car that was on the opposite end of the spectrum of the cars we were going to see. Plus, the Yugo was going to be entered in the 2015 Concours d'Lemons, which promised to have its own unique gems (more on that in a later post).
"Count me in!" I said.
Despite the Yugo making it from Idaho to California, we still wanted to be on the safe side and chose our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano as a chase car.
August 11, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum has rather attractive simulated wood trim in a silvery tone. Visually, it splits the difference between wood and metal. It could be either or neither. I like the color a lot.
A large band of it runs from the tops of the front door panels and across the width of the dash. It helps the Murano's dash appear lower than it really is, and from a distance, it looks good. But the various sections don't match up perfectly in our Murano tester, and now that I've seen the misalignment, it's all that see.
August 7, 2015
You'll have to excuse this somewhat tired looking photo of our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano. I was tired when I took it at an unmentionable hour of the day. My child was in the backseat but you can't tell (I love privacy glass), and I may have been using the Murano as a means of inducing slumber. It's pretty good for that.
August 4, 2015
Little has changed over the last four months. Our 2015 Nissan Murano seems to have plateaued well shy of its 24-mpg EPA combined rating. Its lifetime average was 21.6 mpg at the end of April, 21.5 at the end of May and 21.6 again at the end of June. Now that July is history, the number is essentially the same: 21.7 mpg.
The very slight uptick came about because July's added mileage was helped by a northern California road trip in which the Murano duplicated its best tank of 26.5 mpg. But this was offset by a couple of lesser tanks in the teens, too. Taken in isolation, the 2,127 miles added this month came in at 22.2 mpg.
Now that the Murano has passed through 10,000 miles total, it's going to be difficult to make big changes in the lifetime average from here on out. Its 24-mpg EPA combined rating seems impossibly far away in the face of a lifetime average that so far has barely risen above its EPA city rating of 21 mpg.
July 30, 2015
This was a mostly highway run but, as ever, it's hard to completely isolate the highway miles in a given tank. In addition to the obvious endpoint stop at GDB headquarters, we also detoured off the highway and added a couple dozen city miles near Walnut Creek to visit my wife's sister and her family.
After that we hit horrible traffic and idled along for 15 minutes trying to work through a construction zone and the toll both for the double-decker San Rafael bridge.
July 27, 2015
Warning: Gratuitous puppy content ahead.
A few years back, my daughters were searching for a charity to support. After some research they settled on Guide Dogs for the Blind, an organization that breeds, trains and ultimately deploys guide dogs. The pups aren't mature enough for formal guide training until they're 14 or 15 months old, and they need to learn socialization and basic obedience before they're eligible. This "puppy-raising" phase is where my daughters enter the picture.
The breeding compound is in San Rafael, California, and the fresh puppies are usually delivered to puppy-raiser families across the western U.S. via the Puppy Truck, perhaps the happiest vehicle on earth. But things would be different this time. Our newest pup was to be handed over during the finale of the Fun Day open house event at GDB headquarters.
San Rafael is 425 miles from our front door, so we'd need to bring a vehicle with enough room for the four of us, overnight luggage and doggie-related paraphernalia including a collapsible crate. It also needed to be something with a nicely-damped ride that wouldn't make our new pup puke.
Our 2015 Nissan Murano ticked all the right boxes. But how would our new canine react? After all, this hours-long trip would be its first car ride of any kind.
Guide Dogs names all of their dogs, and they never use the same name twice unless the dog has left the program. The name is always a big secret that's revealed at handover. It's a thing. All we knew is we'd be getting a female Golden Retriever with a first name beginning with the letter "F." Our guesses were all over the map.
July 8, 2015
If you live in a place that gets hot more than a few weeks out of the year, the ventilated seats in the 2015 Nissan Murano deserve consideration. During a toasty weekend here in Southern California — the first official weekend of summer — I used them constantly.
After a while, I realized that I barely needed the normal air-conditioning most of the time. Turns out, having air blowing right onto your backside does a surprisingly good job of keeping you cool.
July 6, 2015
Like many of the vehicles in our long-term fleet, our 2015 Nissan Murano has XM/Sirius satellite radio. It's great for long road trips in the middle of nowhere or the daily commute depending on what kind of programming you're into.
To make the satellite experience even better, XM/Sirius has also added the ability to deliver additional information like the oft-touted, but rarely sought after weather/sports/stock market combo. It's been around for a while, yet I've never bothered to look for it in any of our test vehicles.
Turns out our Murano has an auxiliary home screen that puts all this information in one place.
June 19, 2015
One of many things that you can haul easily with the 2015 Nissan Murano is a Little Tikes cube climber and slide that I bought for $25 off Craigslist. Of course, if I'd had a pickup truck, I wouldn't have needed to disassemble the sun-faded cube, a process which revealed myriad spider webs and snail shells. But once in pieces, the climber fit easily into the Murano's 39.6-cubic-foot cargo bay.
I'm sure it would have all fit into the trunk of a midsize sedan, too, but as it was, I didn't have to put too much thought into the loading process. And a folded Joovy umbrella stroller fit in there, too, and without obstructing my rearward view.
June 16, 2015
All three generations of the Nissan Murano have had distinctive exterior styling. Arguably, the very first generation was the most distinctive, almost all curves at a time when competitors were still rehashing the pickup-truck-with-a-backpack aesthetic. By comparison, our third-gen 2015 Nissan Murano has a more mainstream appearance and the same basic shape as many of its contemporaries, including the one-size-smaller Nissan Rogue.
Yet when a Rogue parked near me during a post office and dim sum takeout run last week, it was apparent to me what starkly different roles these two play within the Nissan family.
June 12, 2015
Families of four or even five will be quite happy with the 2015 Nissan Murano. It's incredibly roomy for a five-passenger, two-row crossover SUV.
The third-generation Murano easily passes my personal car seat test: My oversize convertible car seat (a First Years True Fit C680 SI) fits in all its side-bolstered glory, and there's still space for an average-size adult to sit up front quite comfortably.
June 10, 2015
May was a slow month for our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano, covering just 1,500 miles. Our goal is 1,700 per month. But this number is a bit misleading though, since it doesn't include any of Jay's 2,200-mile road trip to Portland, which technically ended on the first of the month.
June 8, 2015
It was the best of seats, it was the worst of seats. Well, that's a bit dramatic, but it works with the title. I signed out the Jag F-Type for a weekend not knowing what my lower back had in store for me. In hindsight, I may still have signed it out instead of our 2015 Nissan Murano, but I'm an idiot.
May 29, 2015
I don't often venture north of Interstate 10 (the freeway that basically bisects the Los Angeles County basin), so before I headed to Westlake Village for the annual Heels & Wheels event, I consulted our 2015 Nissan Murano's navigation system. I didn't have the address at hand, but the Four Seasons Westlake Village was listed as a Destination in the nav, so I selected it and hit the road.
I knew vaguely where the hotel was located, so I started to take notice when the nav directed me to the opposite side of the freeway.
Six miles later, the nav politely announced I had arrived at my destination.
May 21, 2015
Our 2015 Nissan Murano was a hot ticket during its first three months here. Before we knew it, the SUV needed its first scheduled oil change and tire rotation at 5,000 miles. The closest Nissan dealer to our office is in downtown Los Angeles, 12 miles away. Instead, I took the Murano home and brought it to nearby Puente Hills Nissan.
May 19, 2015
In a new round of testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, our 2015 Nissan Murano finished tops among seven popular SUVs and crossovers in the small overlap front crash test. The Murano earned the Institute's "Good" rating, and by offering the optional frontal-collision and mitigation system (can automatically apply braking if driver fails to take evasive action), it qualifies for the Institute's "Top Safety Pick+" award.
But while our Murano came out on top, our long-term Jeep Cherokee did not. It earned only a "Marginal" score in the small front overlap test. Other vehicles tested included the Jeep Wrangler ("Good"), Ford Flex ("Acceptable"), Hyundai Santa Fe and Dodge Durango (both "Marginal") and the Dodge Journey ("Poor").
The IIHS small front overlap test aims to test the crash-worthiness of a vehicle's outer edges, which are generally not incorporated into the overall frontal crash structure or crush zones. The vehicle travels at 40 mph into a 5-foot tall rigid barrier, simulating a collision with a tree, utility pole or an oncoming vehicle (think a headlight-to-headlight strike), forcing the front wheel, suspension and firewall to absorb most of the crash energy.
Make the jump to see great video of our Murano and others getting munched in slow motion. Keep an eye out at 0:50 to see the Murano's left front wheel get absolutely obliterated.
May 15, 2015
Secondary audio controls on the steering wheel are not exactly a new innovation, and predictably, our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano has the standard set: seek, source and volume adjustment.
I've found that audio system volume is generally the only thing I use steering wheel audio controls to adjust. If I'm going to seek or change audio sources, I end up using either the touchscreen or the vehicle's voice control.
May 12, 2015
It's easy to pick on Southern California for its lack of public transportation infrastructure (yes, we have trains and busses, but they don't go where people need them to). But look at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. It is the prettiest Union Station in the country.
As you see, I drove our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano here this week. A family member of mine actually took the train home from work. At first, I was none too excited about driving the Murano. From the driver seat, it feels big to me, like the current Nissan Pathfinder or our departed long-term 2012 Ford Explorer. I've quickly acclimated to the Murano's size, however, something that never really happened for me with the Explorer.
May 7, 2015
As something of a persnickety cruise control-er, I made a few notes about the Murano's cruise control system, which does some things very well, but has room for improvement.
May 6, 2015
Two adults, a toddler, an infant and their baggage piled into a 2015 Nissan Murano for a week of camping. It felt like a punchline should follow and in a sense, it did. This was our first legitimate get-out-of-town since our 10-month-old came on the scene, so we tried to keep things mellow. But kids tend to make life an adventure.
May 4, 2015
Last week I took our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano on a 2,200-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., and back. It was almost exclusively a freeway blast, because that's how you connect those two endpoints.
The objective this time was to reach the destination and not linger on the road too long, so I took Interstate 5. This is a long, straight, boring freeway until you reach Shasta in northern California, where it bends and climbs, and comes with pretty views.
Here's what I learned about this big wagon on this trip, which was also my first time driving it.
April 27, 2015
The 2015 Nissan Murano comes standard with a fancy new touchscreen infotainment system. Our Murano has the range-topping Platinum pack with the Technology package. This $2,260 option includes, amongst other things, a panoramic sunroof.
Unfortunately, thanks to the world's most reflective screen, use of the panoramic sunroof and the nav screen are mutually exclusive.
April 15, 2015
March was a slow month for our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano. It covered only about 600 miles, most of which were in the city. Those in-town commuting miles gave it a new worst-fill MPG and dropped the lifetime average from 20.7 to 19.7 mpg.
We've got 10 months remaining on this long-term test, however, and with the way many of us already love the seats and general cabin comfort, the Murano won't stay idle for long. With summer coming, we've got plenty of time for road trips and reaching the EPA estimates.
April 10, 2015
One of the added features you get with the Platinum version of the 2015 Nissan Murano is a pair of two-level seat heaters. Not bad for a non-luxury crossover.
April 8, 2015
This was my view from the driver seat of our 2015 Nissan Murano yesterday afternoon. With the sun high in the sky, there's significant glare directly in front of the driver. My front passenger reached across to take this photo to simulate the driver-eye view, but it was just as bad on her side.
March 24, 2015
I've become a bit of a sucker for simple instrument panels like the one in our 2015 Nissan Murano. Big analog speedometer, big analog tachometer and not much else, that's the basic formula.
March 19, 2015
When I first saw the center armrest in our 2015 Nissan Murano I was suspicious. Cutting out the center section for the sake of design seemed like a bad idea. Turns out, my right elbow had nothing to fear.
March 12, 2015
Some people may say that using a heated steering wheel in 69-degree weather is ridiculous. I beg to differ. As with heated seats, if the option to warm up a body part is available, I'm going to use it.
March 11, 2015
Each car in our long-term test fleet is driven gently until the engine is fully broken in. The owner's manual for the 2015 Nissan Murano recommended we wait until the odometer clicked past 1,200 miles before we could run it through our usual round of performance tests. We brought it to our test track shortly after clearing that threshold to see how the crossover handled the dragstrip, skidpad and slalom course.
March 6, 2015
The 2015 Nissan Murano completed its first month in our long-term fleet while on vacation in Desert Hot Springs, a small town that sits over natural hot mineral water aquifers in the low desert of Southern California. (Hence the palm tree poking its head out of the Murano's roof.)
Let's take a look at how this midsize SUV's fuel economy fared during its first 2,000 miles. Keep in mind this first month included its break-in period, a trip to our test track, and the vacation drive.
March 2, 2015
After some initial seat time in our 2015 Nissan Murano I'm glad it comes standard with a V6. Sure, there are plenty of smaller, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that deliver similar levels of output these days, but the broad range of torque from the Murano's 3.5-liter V6 makes it feel far more responsive, especially for a vehicle of its size.
February 26, 2015
Since the climate is typically very moderate here in Southern California, we don't often encounter the weather warnings that may commonly blast other less-temperate states.
February 25, 2015
It's rare to find an empty cargo area in one of our long-term vehicles. Like most real-world owners, we use our crossovers and SUVs for what they were intended, to move people and their stuff.
February 23, 2015
One of the first things I do when I get into a car is connect my iPod. This small space by the shifter in our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano is hard to reach in with your hand and plug in the USB connector.
February 18, 2015
The first time I drove our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano I sat for a minute to familiarize myself with its features. I adjusted the seat, mirrors, steering wheel, seatbelt height, A/C to my preferred temperature and direction, put on the seat heaters, plugged in my iPod. My usual routine. As you can imagine, it takes me awhile to get out of our parking garage.
February 13, 2015
The Nissan Murano is one of the few midsize SUVs that has remained truly midsized. While some of its competitors have become bigger to accommodate a third row of seating, the Murano has stuck with its five-passenger setup while the smaller Rogue and larger Pathfinder cater to those looking for seven-passenger capacity.