2015 Nissan Murano: Soft Touches, Monticello-Approved
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 11, 2015
In soccer, you're always trying for a soft touch. Receiving a pass, you try to dissipate the ball's velocity by making a cradle with the inside of your foot. Football wide receivers and running backs are likewise taught to bring the ball in softly with their hands and forearms and disperse the energy of that 50-mph leather rocket.
Mike Monticello is an arbiter of the soft touch. Gruff on the outside, the man is all marshmallow inside. He likes his cars to have soft landing pads for arms, elbows and knees. I have to believe the 2015 Nissan Murano interior is fully Monti-approved.
Look how squishy that door armrest is. That's almost some memory foam action right there. You can adapt to hard plastic armrests, but it's no fun, especially when you're covering miles. This is one of those details that helps the Murano make an impression. Nice stitching, too.
Another nice detail: knee cushioning. Again, you adapt without it. But it's like good wine. Once you've tasted it, you remember it and suddenly the bar is a little higher. This is another detail that makes the Murano feel a little richer than it is. At $42k, you would hope your SUV can deliver these little luxury touches, but automakers are all over the map on this creature comfort.
Still nice to know you can get this kind of quality on a Nissan and not need to pay the Infiniti premium for it.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor