2015 Nissan Murano: Prefer Adventurous Murano Styling to Rogue's Conservative Character
June 16, 2015
All three generations of the Nissan Murano have had distinctive exterior styling. Arguably, the very first generation was the most distinctive, almost all curves at a time when competitors were still rehashing the pickup-truck-with-a-backpack aesthetic. By comparison, our third-gen 2015 Nissan Murano has a more mainstream appearance and the same basic shape as many of its contemporaries, including the one-size-smaller Nissan Rogue.
Yet when a Rogue parked near me during a post office and dim sum takeout run last week, it was apparent to me what starkly different roles these two play within the Nissan family.
The Murano and Rogue are clearly related. The overall shape is familiar. So is the integrated roof spoiler. And they both have the like-it-or-not chrome grille mustache. And that's about where the similarities end.
Whereas the Rogue is conservative in character, the Murano takes you on a crazy adventure. You'll need a road map to follow the character line down the side of Nissan's midsize crossover, and the Murano's headlights and taillights are positively zany. It's probably too much. It is too much. But the 2015 Nissan Murano is not boring, even with taupey beige exterior paint, and that's why I prefer it.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 7,056 miles