2015 Nissan Murano: Competent Handling, But Nothing More
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.
We didn't have much nice to say in our official track test, noting it "feels more like a minivan or tall SUV" in the slalom test. Ouch. Within urban confines, the word "competent" mostly comes to my mind. The suspension tuning is soft, which results in noticeable lean when going around a turn. But it seems well-mannered enough within its own modest limits. Get frisky and the stability control system cuts in before anything remotely dangerous can happen.
The Murano might feel livelier were it not for a couple additional limiting factors. As James noted previously, it's hard to park and see out of because of that tall hood. And then there's the steering, which Mark observed as being quite slow. It feels a bit wide and bulky at times, too.
Here's the thing, though. I don't think any mainstream midsize crossover SUV is going to inspire backroad wanderlust in me. Maybe the new Ford Edge Sport would a little, with its turbo V6 and sport-tuned suspension.
But the Jeep Grand Cherokee? Kia Sorento? Hyundai Santa Fe Sport? Nope, nope and nope. This class is all about comfort and refinement now. Dial up some smooth jazz on your media player/phone and relax on your way to the office.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor