2015 Nissan Murano: Fits My Life, But I'd Get a Quest Instead
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.
"Why are you driving the Murano so often," my better half has asked more than once.
"It has a really comfortable ride and it's quiet," I answer without thinking. "Plus, there's a ton of room for the car seat."
Of course, that's not what he signed up for when we got married. Back then, I assured him that I didn't think the ride quality of a modified WRX was too stiff, and I dutifully double-clutched any 2-1 downshifts to keep the elderly car's transmission happy. I haven't driven that Subaru in almost two years. The car hasn't changed. I've changed. Its lack of side-impact airbags for the rear seat is now something I hold against it.
Presently, the Nissan Murano is the most useful vehicle in our long-term road test fleet for mom-related activities. It's not my favorite vehicle to drive. That would be the VW GTI. But I sign out the Murano far more often and I understand why someone would buy one.
But I would buy a similarly-equipped Quest instead. I would miss having the Murano's newer-generation navigation system (which is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), but I would gain an extra row of seats, even more polarizing Japanese-domestic-market styling and a cabin ionizer (the built-in Sharp Plasmacluster filtration system).
Here's a photo of our long-term 2012 Nissan Quest that Dan Edmunds took in Oregon. The 2015 model is just as handsome.
And while I believe there are some minor differences in the continuously variable transmission between these two vehicles, I'd get the same 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine that works so nicely with this CVT. Of course, the Quest is heavier and slower than our Murano. But it's also a van, and vans are infinitely cooler in my eyes, so I'd forgive it for that.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 10,279 miles