2015 Nissan Murano: Sailing Through 10,000 miles
July 30, 2015
This was a mostly highway run but, as ever, it's hard to completely isolate the highway miles in a given tank. In addition to the obvious endpoint stop at GDB headquarters, we also detoured off the highway and added a couple dozen city miles near Walnut Creek to visit my wife's sister and her family.
After that we hit horrible traffic and idled along for 15 minutes trying to work through a construction zone and the toll both for the double-decker San Rafael bridge.
None of these sorts of large deviations interfered with the tank of fuel we burned on the leg north from home, though. It was pretty close to a pure highway tank except for a dinner break and a potty stop or two. We refueled after 376.8 miles and added 14.214 gallons, which boiled down to 26.5 mpg — a bit shy of our Murano's 28-mpg EPA highway rating.
The first 70 miles of the next tank was where the visit to Auntie Terri's house, the bridge traffic and the visit to the GDB campus came into the picture. After that we pointed the Murano south for 300 miles or so, with a lesser version of the bridge traffic and a few extra potty stops added in to make sure our new pup didn't have a chance to have an accident.
All told, it was a 381-mile run that burned 15.33 gallons — a 24.9-mpg performance that is slightly better than the Murano's 24-mpg EPA combined rating.
As the topmost photo shows, the admittedly optimistic MPG meter hinted at a better tank to come. But I arrived home after midnight too tired to fill up. Whatever happened during those 150-something miles will get mixed in with whatever the next driver does with the Nissan.
The Murano's MPG didn't set the world on fire during this trip, but it didn't come across as a huge disappointment, either. I'm thinking there's more in the tank.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 10,000 miles