2015 Nissan Murano: Stout V6 Makes It Feel Smaller
March 2, 2015
After some initial seat time in our 2015 Nissan Murano I'm glad it comes standard with a V6. Sure, there are plenty of smaller, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that deliver similar levels of output these days, but the broad range of torque from the Murano's 3.5-liter V6 makes it feel far more responsive, especially for a vehicle of its size.
That extra helping of power also makes the standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) feel less strained. In our long-term Rogue, any kind of hard acceleration required long periods of high rpm operation that made the engine sound loud and unrefined. In the Murano, the CVT ramps up quickly but then settles down soon thereafter by simulating shifts like a traditional automatic. Seems like an odd thing to do for a transmission with no gears to shift between, but the end result is a more refined overall experience.
One thing to note, since our Murano is still breaking in, I didn't get into the throttle with as much gusto as our Rogue. Even so, I think the results so far are indicative of a drivetrain most drivers will like, CVT and all.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 908 miles