by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 4, 2016
I saw an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report a couple days ago about the effectiveness of frontal collision warning and mitigation systems. According to the IIHS study, having a frontal collision warning system on a vehicle can reduce the likelihood of a front-end crash (i.e., the driver rear-ends somebody) by 23 percent.
If the vehicle has frontal collision warning and a mitigation system with automatic braking, the likelihood of a frontal collision drops by about 40 percent on average, the IIHS says.
Our 2015 Nissan Murano happens to have both systems.
by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on January 26, 2016
When it comes to our 2015 Nissan Murano, my criticisms are few and far between. Dan Frio beat me to the punch when he extolled the plushness of the Murano's cabin. There are many luxury brands that haven't executed soft touch half as well as Nissan has here.
Comfort is a big reason I choose the Murano for many of my longer drives, and like Ed Hellwig, I find that the adaptive cruise control is a real boon in slow, soul-sucking traffic (not so much on the open road, however).
But there are a couple of holes in the Murano's long game, and they're related to the electronics.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 18, 2015
Our typical goal for our long-term test vehicles is to amass 20,000 miles in the course of a year. Some cars seem to easily meet the target while other, less-loved models struggle. While I wouldn't describe our 2015 Nissan Murano as "loved" necessarily, it's definitely been popular, and that definitely suggests success.
Our Murano has clicked off 20k after just 10 months in the fleet.
by James Riswick, New & Used Car Editor on November 3, 2015
Let's cut right to the chase: the 2015 Nissan Murano is not easy to park, and I'm not even talking about backing it in. For the most part, the big mirrors and multi-view parking camera make up for the enormous rear-quarter blind spot.
No, just going in the old-fashioned way is a pain.
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on October 22, 2015
While driving for road tests and ratings lately, I've noticed that many cars have very light steering effort. On a winding road I like a decent amount of effort, while in parking lots I want it feather-light. Our 2015 Nissan Murano doesn't quite get this.
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.
by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 12, 2015
It's a good thing Nissan doesn't use me in its promotional spots. Otherwise you'd get videos of "Brent Takes His Family to Target" and "Brent Drives to the Gym While Listening to NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!" instead of promos full of considerably better-looking young couples going to clubs.
But hey, I'm just keeping it real. And truth be told, the 2015 Nissan Murano is pretty good for my bland, domesticated life.
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.
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 30, 2015
This was a mostly highway run but, as ever, it's hard to completely isolate the highway miles in a given tank. In addition to the obvious endpoint stop at GDB headquarters, we also detoured off the highway and added a couple dozen city miles near Walnut Creek to visit my wife's sister and her family.
After that we hit horrible traffic and idled along for 15 minutes trying to work through a construction zone and the toll both for the double-decker San Rafael bridge.
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 16, 2015
All three generations of the Nissan Murano have had distinctive exterior styling. Arguably, the very first generation was the most distinctive, almost all curves at a time when competitors were still rehashing the pickup-truck-with-a-backpack aesthetic. By comparison, our third-gen 2015 Nissan Murano has a more mainstream appearance and the same basic shape as many of its contemporaries, including the one-size-smaller Nissan Rogue.
Yet when a Rogue parked near me during a post office and dim sum takeout run last week, it was apparent to me what starkly different roles these two play within the Nissan family.
May 19, 2015
In a new round of testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, our 2015 Nissan Murano finished tops among seven popular SUVs and crossovers in the small overlap front crash test. The Murano earned the Institute's "Good" rating, and by offering the optional frontal-collision and mitigation system (can automatically apply braking if driver fails to take evasive action), it qualifies for the Institute's "Top Safety Pick+" award.
But while our Murano came out on top, our long-term Jeep Cherokee did not. It earned only a "Marginal" score in the small front overlap test. Other vehicles tested included the Jeep Wrangler ("Good"), Ford Flex ("Acceptable"), Hyundai Santa Fe and Dodge Durango (both "Marginal") and the Dodge Journey ("Poor").
The IIHS small front overlap test aims to test the crash-worthiness of a vehicle's outer edges, which are generally not incorporated into the overall frontal crash structure or crush zones. The vehicle travels at 40 mph into a 5-foot tall rigid barrier, simulating a collision with a tree, utility pole or an oncoming vehicle (think a headlight-to-headlight strike), forcing the front wheel, suspension and firewall to absorb most of the crash energy.
Make the jump to see great video of our Murano and others getting munched in slow motion. Keep an eye out at 0:50 to see the Murano's left front wheel get absolutely obliterated.
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 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.
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 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 11, 2015
Each car in our long-term test fleet is driven gently until the engine is fully broken in. The owner's manual for the 2015 Nissan Murano recommended we wait until the odometer clicked past 1,200 miles before we could run it through our usual round of performance tests. We brought it to our test track shortly after clearing that threshold to see how the crossover handled the dragstrip, skidpad and slalom course.
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.
February 13, 2015
The Nissan Murano is one of the few midsize SUVs that has remained truly midsized. While some of its competitors have become bigger to accommodate a third row of seating, the Murano has stuck with its five-passenger setup while the smaller Rogue and larger Pathfinder cater to those looking for seven-passenger capacity.