2015 Nissan Murano: Intermittent Interface Aggravation
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.
Connecting a smart phone via USB cable affords you control of your media through the Murano's touch screen. This keeps your phone out of your hand and frees you of temptation to read text messages or check how many people have 'liked' the video you posted of that levitating Bonsai tree.
The first issue I have with this system is the short window of time you get to make a music selection. Linger too long on an artist or podcast list and the system will take you back to the home screen pictured above, requiring you to dig through the menu layers all over again. Let me linger, damn it!
The second issue is more of a system glitch that happens when you're too enthusiastic with your song requests. Communication between the audio system and phone gets jumbled and you're presented with the lovely screen below:
Often the Screen of Contempt, as I like to call it, requires you to make a clean break in order to rebuild relations. You acknowledge you're sorry, disconnect and reconnect the smartphone cable, and then wait for the system to come around. Occasionally the SOC will pop up mid-song/podcast, unprovoked, which is a larger inconvenience than it sounds.
A workaround for this is to use the Bluetooth audio connection instead. But then you're left thumbing your phone's music controls and draining its battery juice instead of running off the Murano's energy supply.
The last issue has thankfully only occurred once so far, but has the potential to create a fair amount of annoyance. As Riswick pointed out in an earlier post, our Murano is not the easiest vehicle to judge spatially, so the Around View monitor system is something you often rely on to keep paint on the fenders.
It may be difficult to see, but the driver's side camera has gone dark. I tried shifting in and out of reverse and even restarted the car, but was unsuccessful in convincing this camera to wake up. The camera worked the next time I called on its services, which saved us a trip to the dealer. But if this becomes a common occurrence, it's likely to cause some fits among the staff.
Murano, you're still OK by me.
Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor @ 21,652 miles