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 Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief on December 16, 2015
There's a lot to like about our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano. Its heated front seats, however, don't make the list.
It must be hard to screw up heated seats in 2015, especially in a $40,000-plus crossover where bun warmers have become as ubiquitous as the seat itself. Yet the folks at Nissan have managed to botch the job.
Well, more specifically they managed to botch half the job. The left half.
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.
by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 3, 2015
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.
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 Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 1, 2015
The seats in our 2015 Nissan Murano are phenomenal. This really can't be understated.
Like Mark experienced awhile ago, I contended with a minor medical malady recently, one that left behind a tender incision on my lower back, held together by a bunch of stitches and carefully considered back movement. I was thankful I had the Murano for several days as the wound healed. I could always find a comfortable position. There's this sensation of being reposed slightly aloft, perhaps the "NASA-inspired" zero-gravity effect that Nissan took pains to tout in its Murano marketing.
Whatever it is, it works.
But you've already heard from others about the seats. I'm just joining the chorus. What I'm actually here to praise is the Murano's continuously variable transmission, that scourge of powertrain technology that is the bane of anyone with a driving pulse.
The Murano's CVT is excellent.
August 20, 2015
"Want to go to Pebble Beach in the Yugo?" asked fellow Edmunds editor Josh Sadlier. I'd never been to the Concours d'Elegance and figured it would be pretty fun to go in a car that was on the opposite end of the spectrum of the cars we were going to see. Plus, the Yugo was going to be entered in the 2015 Concours d'Lemons, which promised to have its own unique gems (more on that in a later post).
"Count me in!" I said.
Despite the Yugo making it from Idaho to California, we still wanted to be on the safe side and chose our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano as a chase car.
August 7, 2015
You'll have to excuse this somewhat tired looking photo of our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano. I was tired when I took it at an unmentionable hour of the day. My child was in the backseat but you can't tell (I love privacy glass), and I may have been using the Murano as a means of inducing slumber. It's pretty good for that.
July 8, 2015
If you live in a place that gets hot more than a few weeks out of the year, the ventilated seats in the 2015 Nissan Murano deserve consideration. During a toasty weekend here in Southern California — the first official weekend of summer — I used them constantly.
After a while, I realized that I barely needed the normal air-conditioning most of the time. Turns out, having air blowing right onto your backside does a surprisingly good job of keeping you cool.
June 8, 2015
It was the best of seats, it was the worst of seats. Well, that's a bit dramatic, but it works with the title. I signed out the Jag F-Type for a weekend not knowing what my lower back had in store for me. In hindsight, I may still have signed it out instead of our 2015 Nissan Murano, but I'm an idiot.
May 12, 2015
It's easy to pick on Southern California for its lack of public transportation infrastructure (yes, we have trains and busses, but they don't go where people need them to). But look at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. It is the prettiest Union Station in the country.
As you see, I drove our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano here this week. A family member of mine actually took the train home from work. At first, I was none too excited about driving the Murano. From the driver seat, it feels big to me, like the current Nissan Pathfinder or our departed long-term 2012 Ford Explorer. I've quickly acclimated to the Murano's size, however, something that never really happened for me with the Explorer.
May 7, 2015
As something of a persnickety cruise control-er, I made a few notes about the Murano's cruise control system, which does some things very well, but has room for improvement.
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.
May 4, 2015
Last week I took our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano on a 2,200-mile road trip from Los Angeles to Portland, Ore., and back. It was almost exclusively a freeway blast, because that's how you connect those two endpoints.
The objective this time was to reach the destination and not linger on the road too long, so I took Interstate 5. This is a long, straight, boring freeway until you reach Shasta in northern California, where it bends and climbs, and comes with pretty views.
Here's what I learned about this big wagon on this trip, which was also my first time driving it.
April 8, 2015
This was my view from the driver seat of our 2015 Nissan Murano yesterday afternoon. With the sun high in the sky, there's significant glare directly in front of the driver. My front passenger reached across to take this photo to simulate the driver-eye view, but it was just as bad on her side.
March 12, 2015
Some people may say that using a heated steering wheel in 69-degree weather is ridiculous. I beg to differ. As with heated seats, if the option to warm up a body part is available, I'm going to use it.