2015 Nissan Murano: Cube Climber Meets Cubic Feet
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.
I don't really want to tell you how far I drove to spend $25, but the Nissan Murano is quite enjoyable on a somewhat longer drive. I really like its forgiving ride, and its seats are well-cushioned and well-shaped for a 5-foot-10-inch-tall adult of average weight.
Much like in our long-ago-departed 2012 Nissan Quest, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) works really well. I rarely notice that the Murano has a CVT and not a conventional automatic, because this CVT does such a fine (and normal) job of keeping you in the useful range of the V6's power. When you really get on it to catch a gap in traffic, the Murano feels not exactly fast, but certainly potent enough for a family crossover.
Later we assembled the slide.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,111 miles