by Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on February 1, 2016
It's that time of year, when little girls in green are peddling their Thin Mint and Trefoil boxes, both door-to-door and in front of stores.
Like most wares, these cookies must pass through a giant warehouse prior to point-of-sale distribution. This year, one of my fellow Girl Scout Moms volunteered to pick up the bulk of our troop's 90 cases of cookies in her 2014 Toyota Sienna. As our long-term 2015 Kia Sedona was already in service elsewhere, who was I to argue?
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 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 Kelly Hellwig, Managing Editor on November 13, 2015
I'm a sucker for little details, and one of the things I appreciate most about the 2015 Nissan Murano's cabin is the white stitching against the Nissan's dark leather. It's sporty, yet still classy compared to the bright-colored stitching you often find in cars targeted at younger shoppers.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on October 26, 2015
As the photo above demonstrates, it's hard to photograph a minor flaw in our 2015 Nissan Murano's interior trim. In person, it's really not that big of a deal, but once seen, it's hard to ignore since it's dead-center in the dash.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 19, 2015
Erin Riches wrote an earlier update about our 2015 Nissan Murano's misaligned interior trim. In that update, she also pointed out the Murano's unusual hood shape, which angles down right near the base of the windshield.
Now I've discovered another potential downside to that angle besides aesthetics: Sun reflections.
August 26, 2015
Nissan found out the hard way that SUVs and convertibles don't mix well. The Murano Cross Cabriolet didn't find too many homes, so when the 2015 Nissan Murano arrived, we weren't surprised to learn that a convertible version wouldn't be forthcoming.
Instead of going the full convertible route, the latest Murano offers an optional panoramic sunroof. It stretches all the way from above the driver's head to the middle of the second row. It's huge and does a great job of giving the interior a more open feel, especially in the back seat where it's needed most.
August 11, 2015
Our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum has rather attractive simulated wood trim in a silvery tone. Visually, it splits the difference between wood and metal. It could be either or neither. I like the color a lot.
A large band of it runs from the tops of the front door panels and across the width of the dash. It helps the Murano's dash appear lower than it really is, and from a distance, it looks good. But the various sections don't match up perfectly in our Murano tester, and now that I've seen the misalignment, it's all that see.
June 12, 2015
Families of four or even five will be quite happy with the 2015 Nissan Murano. It's incredibly roomy for a five-passenger, two-row crossover SUV.
The third-generation Murano easily passes my personal car seat test: My oversize convertible car seat (a First Years True Fit C680 SI) fits in all its side-bolstered glory, and there's still space for an average-size adult to sit up front quite comfortably.
May 15, 2015
Secondary audio controls on the steering wheel are not exactly a new innovation, and predictably, our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano has the standard set: seek, source and volume adjustment.
I've found that audio system volume is generally the only thing I use steering wheel audio controls to adjust. If I'm going to seek or change audio sources, I end up using either the touchscreen or the vehicle's voice control.
April 27, 2015
The 2015 Nissan Murano comes standard with a fancy new touchscreen infotainment system. Our Murano has the range-topping Platinum pack with the Technology package. This $2,260 option includes, amongst other things, a panoramic sunroof.
Unfortunately, thanks to the world's most reflective screen, use of the panoramic sunroof and the nav screen are mutually exclusive.
April 10, 2015
One of the added features you get with the Platinum version of the 2015 Nissan Murano is a pair of two-level seat heaters. Not bad for a non-luxury crossover.
March 24, 2015
I've become a bit of a sucker for simple instrument panels like the one in our 2015 Nissan Murano. Big analog speedometer, big analog tachometer and not much else, that's the basic formula.
March 19, 2015
When I first saw the center armrest in our 2015 Nissan Murano I was suspicious. Cutting out the center section for the sake of design seemed like a bad idea. Turns out, my right elbow had nothing to fear.
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.
February 26, 2015
Since the climate is typically very moderate here in Southern California, we don't often encounter the weather warnings that may commonly blast other less-temperate states.
February 23, 2015
One of the first things I do when I get into a car is connect my iPod. This small space by the shifter in our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano is hard to reach in with your hand and plug in the USB connector.
February 18, 2015
The first time I drove our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano I sat for a minute to familiarize myself with its features. I adjusted the seat, mirrors, steering wheel, seatbelt height, A/C to my preferred temperature and direction, put on the seat heaters, plugged in my iPod. My usual routine. As you can imagine, it takes me awhile to get out of our parking garage.