2015 Nissan Murano: Slow Steering
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 22, 2015
That's Mike Magrath in our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano with both hands together on the wheel. It's generally frowned upon to drive like this, but in some rare instances in the Nissan, it's necessary.
This was shot (poorly) as we ran the Murano through a tight slalom course. Past the first cone, the power steering was working fine. At the second cone, effort builds significantly. By the third cone, it actually feels like the wheel is fighting against you.
Okay, fine, so most people will never run a Murano through a slalom, but I have encountered this issue in a more common scenario: multiple-point turns.
In my narrow carport area, I need to back cars into a space and that means five- to seven-point turns. If I want to do this in any reasonable timeframe, that means I'm spinning the wheel back and forth very quickly. The Murano simply doesn't want any part of this.
The effort is as strong or even stronger than a car without power steering when you outrun the unit's ability. The only fix seems to be to turn it slower ? much slower. If it were a problem common to other cars, it wouldn't warrant a post, but the Murano is the only car that I've experienced thus far that suffers from this.
At least if I needed to swerve out of the way of something on the road and swerve back into my lane, I'm confident there'd be enough time to get the power steering back. If not, that'd be a huge problem.
Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor