2015 Nissan Murano: Drives Better Than the Pathfinder
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.
No doubt the Murano's quickness has something to do with that. Nissan's 3.5-liter V6 engine feels much more potent in the Murano than it does in the heavier Pathfinder (the heaviest Murano is listed right around 4,000 pounds, while a loaded Pathfinder is around 4,600 pounds). It's also a great deal quieter when you're accelerating hard. Plus, as Jay Kavanagh noted after driving the Murano to Oregon, the continuously variable transmission (CVT) does a really good job of keeping you in the power when merging and passing.
I also think our Murano gives you a nice balance of comfort and composure. It is not borderline-sporty like the first-generation Murano (I never drove the second-generation version). But it'll go around a challenging highway interchange without going limp, while the ride is comfortable and serene to an extent that any parent will appreciate.
And I really can't imagine purchasing a Nissan Murano if you don't have kids. It's attractive enough, but this isn't some kind of personal luxury crossover. This is a family crossover through and through.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 5,430 miles