2015 Nissan Murano: Last-Minute Switch Turns Out Better
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 5, 2015
It was time to escape from L.A. for a week or so with some co-workers, an opportunity to unplug and enjoy the wilderness. Before setting out, I expected a large dog for a passenger, quite a bit of gear and perhaps some off-road capabilities. A last-minute change of plans had me switching out of one of our long-term pickups for the 2015 Nissan Murano, but my traveling companions assured me that one of their personal vehicles would get us where we wanted to go while we parked the Murano.
After just a few hours on the road, I was glad I switched into the Murano. The comfortable ventilated seats were fatigue-free and the smooth ride made the miles tick by without any struggle. Fritz the dog took to the rear seats without issue as well and the Orvis dog seat cover protected the Murano's leather and also served as a bit of a catch hammock when heavier braking was needed.
We drove the Murano onto some dirt roads, but nothing remotely challenging. On one quick trip into town for provisions, the SUV performed impressively on some winding mountain passes. Drama was heightened during this nighttime drive, but the car remained predictable and composed.
At the end of the week, we logged 1,174 miles and the humans, dogs and Murano all returned no worse for the wear.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor