by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 30, 2015
Over Christmas break, I schlepped my wife and two small children to visit my in-laws for a week-long vacation. I'd originally hoped to secure the Honda Pilot or Kia Sedona in our fleet since I hadn't yet driven either, and I figured the extra space and seating could be useful. Alas, neither was available, but my fallback vehicle, the 2015 Nissan Murano, was, so I signed it out for my 800-mile family road trip.
As my two young children are a little older now (ages four and eight), they thankfully don't require nearly as much travel-oriented accessorizing as they once did. Still, with presents, baked goods and the typical vacation luggage, we packed the Murano's 39.6-cubic feet luggage area pretty full.
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 24, 2015
In my apparently never-ending "Will the Bike Fit" saga, this week we're going to put the 2015 Nissan Murano to the test.
Ah yes, but we've upped the stakes. It's no longer just a question of whether the bike will simply fit. Instead, it's changed to: Will it fit with all wheels on?
by Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor on November 20, 2015
In a rare moment of Edmunds editorial carpooling, editors Josh Jacquot, Dan Frio and I piled into the 2015 Nissan Murano for a dreaded mid-afternoon drive from Santa Monica down to Orange County.
As Josh and I got in up front, I immediately looked to empty my personal effects somewhere. With both console cupholders being used by (you guessed it) cups, there was precious other space to put things.
My immediate question: "Where's the front bin?"
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 5, 2015
It was time to escape from L.A. for a week or so with some co-workers, an opportunity to unplug and enjoy the wilderness. Before setting out, I expected a large dog for a passenger, quite a bit of gear and perhaps some off-road capabilities. A last-minute change of plans had me switching out of one of our long-term pickups for the 2015 Nissan Murano, but my traveling companions assured me that one of their personal vehicles would get us where we wanted to go while we parked the Murano.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on October 30, 2015
Most people don't need to haul long cargo on a daily basis. And for those that do, pickup trucks exist. But if a truck doesn't fit your lifestyle or, say, your garage, the 2015 Nissan Murano just might.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 14, 2015
If you go by the spec sheets, so-called midsize crossover SUVs like our 2015 Nissan Murano don't typically offer substantial cargo-hauling capacity gains over popular compact crossovers. For example, the Murano is rated at 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 69.9 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded flat.
The Murano's compact stablemate, the Rogue, checks in at 39.3 behind its second row and 70 cubic feet total.
"Why bother going midsize?" you might ask.
It's a fair question. But I learned there are some subtle differences.
July 27, 2015
Warning: Gratuitous puppy content ahead.
A few years back, my daughters were searching for a charity to support. After some research they settled on Guide Dogs for the Blind, an organization that breeds, trains and ultimately deploys guide dogs. The pups aren't mature enough for formal guide training until they're 14 or 15 months old, and they need to learn socialization and basic obedience before they're eligible. This "puppy-raising" phase is where my daughters enter the picture.
The breeding compound is in San Rafael, California, and the fresh puppies are usually delivered to puppy-raiser families across the western U.S. via the Puppy Truck, perhaps the happiest vehicle on earth. But things would be different this time. Our newest pup was to be handed over during the finale of the Fun Day open house event at GDB headquarters.
San Rafael is 425 miles from our front door, so we'd need to bring a vehicle with enough room for the four of us, overnight luggage and doggie-related paraphernalia including a collapsible crate. It also needed to be something with a nicely-damped ride that wouldn't make our new pup puke.
Our 2015 Nissan Murano ticked all the right boxes. But how would our new canine react? After all, this hours-long trip would be its first car ride of any kind.
Guide Dogs names all of their dogs, and they never use the same name twice unless the dog has left the program. The name is always a big secret that's revealed at handover. It's a thing. All we knew is we'd be getting a female Golden Retriever with a first name beginning with the letter "F." Our guesses were all over the map.
June 19, 2015
One of many things that you can haul easily with the 2015 Nissan Murano is a Little Tikes cube climber and slide that I bought for $25 off Craigslist. Of course, if I'd had a pickup truck, I wouldn't have needed to disassemble the sun-faded cube, a process which revealed myriad spider webs and snail shells. But once in pieces, the climber fit easily into the Murano's 39.6-cubic-foot cargo bay.
I'm sure it would have all fit into the trunk of a midsize sedan, too, but as it was, I didn't have to put too much thought into the loading process. And a folded Joovy umbrella stroller fit in there, too, and without obstructing my rearward view.
May 6, 2015
Two adults, a toddler, an infant and their baggage piled into a 2015 Nissan Murano for a week of camping. It felt like a punchline should follow and in a sense, it did. This was our first legitimate get-out-of-town since our 10-month-old came on the scene, so we tried to keep things mellow. But kids tend to make life an adventure.
February 25, 2015
It's rare to find an empty cargo area in one of our long-term vehicles. Like most real-world owners, we use our crossovers and SUVs for what they were intended, to move people and their stuff.