Unexpected Power - 2015 Nissan Murano Long-Term Road Test

2015 Nissan Murano Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Nissan Murano: Unexpected Power

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 3, 2015

2015 Nissan Murano

What's this, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel? In a Murano?

Yes. Our 2015 Nissan Murano offers this unexpected little luxury feature on the Platinum trim, a small incentive to upgrade from the SL. This is actually one of those features that you don't appreciate until you have it. If you're the owner and primary driver of the car, you might just set and forget it. Maybe engage it once in awhile if a car wash or restaurant valet needed to adjust it.

But if you share your Murano with other drivers and the steering wheel position moves around often, you'll appreciate this feature.

No fumbling under the column to release a lever, find the optimal steering position, then hold the column steady while you lock the lever back in place. Hopefully you got it comfortable enough that you don't have to adjust it once out on the road. In the Murano, the whole process is motorized and quick. If we need to dial in a few millimeters of comfort once out on the road, it's as easy as pressing the knob in the right direction.

We might file this under our specific occupational hazards, but anyone who rents cars often will also understand. A complementary feature is that the steering column position can be stored in one of two driver memory settings, along with seating and side mirror positions. If there's any criticism to level at this feature, it's that the motor is a little loud. No damped, E-Class subtlety here.

This Platinum trim level, which comes in just below $40,000, also adds a heating element to the steering wheel, as well as LED headlights, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats and 20-inch wheels (we also added the lone option available for the Platinum trim, the Technology package, which added the panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and $2,260 to the sticker price.)

Dan Frio, Automotive Editor


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