2015 Nissan Murano: Now That It Is Seen, It Cannot Be Unseen
August 11, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum has rather attractive simulated wood trim in a silvery tone. Visually, it splits the difference between wood and metal. It could be either or neither. I like the color a lot.
A large band of it runs from the tops of the front door panels and across the width of the dash. It helps the Murano's dash appear lower than it really is, and from a distance, it looks good. But the various sections don't match up perfectly in our Murano tester, and now that I've seen the misalignment, it's all that see.
If you scrutinize the Murano's hood, you understand immediately why the designers wanted this band of trim in the cabin. The hood goes up from the nose of the car to provide more crush space for pedestrians who might be hit by your Nissan Murano. Then, the hood descends a couple inches to meet the top of the dash inside the crossover. Without the trim as a distraction, you might dwell on the hood's elevation changes.
This photo from our introduction on the long-term 2015 Murano captures the total view.
I certainly wouldn't advocate getting rid of this trim, but the fit of the pieces has to be pretty much perfect to achieve the desired effect. It's not easy to get the door trim to line up exactly with the dash, and that shows in our Murano.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor