2015 Nissan Murano Long-Term Road Test - Performance

2015 Nissan Murano Long-Term Road Test

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2015 Nissan Murano: Competent Handling, But Nothing More

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on January 8, 2016

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I've spent a lot of time with our 2015 Nissan Murano recently. It's proved to be a comfortable and stylish family cruiser. This comes at the expense of some sport, though. Previous-generation Muranos were known for above-average handling.

Having enthusiastically guided our Murano around a few turns recently, this new third-gen Murano didn't do much for me. But it's not a wobbly mess, either.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Family Hauler for the Holidays

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 30, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Slow Steering

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on December 22, 2015

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That's Mike Magrath in our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano with both hands together on the wheel. It's generally frowned upon to drive like this, but in some rare instances in the Nissan, it's necessary.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Active But Lazy Cruise Control

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on November 17, 2015

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Every year, Edmunds editors attend a driving school to refresh our reflexes and keep our insurance guys happy. It's a fun day out of the office, but requires that we drive to a racetrack in a desert about an hour-and-a-half north of our offices. I opted to take our 2015 Nissan Murano for the round-trip.

What better than a cushy crossover loaded with effort-eradicating electronics to cover the distance?

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2015 Nissan Murano: Last-Minute Switch Turns Out Better

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor on November 5, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Transmission Deserves Praise

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on September 1, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Escorts the Yugo to Pebble and Back

August 20, 2015

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"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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Fits My Life, But I'd Get a Quest Instead

August 7, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Cube Climber Meets Cubic Feet

June 19, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Drives Better Than the Pathfinder

May 12, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Decent Adaptive Cruise, But Could Be Better

May 7, 2015

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During my 2,200-mile road trip with our long-term 2015 Nissan Murano, I used the cruise control. A lot.

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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: CVT and Seats Shine On Long-Haul Road Trip

May 4, 2015

2015 Nissan Murano

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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Performance Tested

March 11, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Stout V6 Makes It Feel Smaller

March 2, 2015

2015 Nissan Murano

After some initial seat time in our 2015 Nissan Murano I'm glad it comes standard with a V6. Sure, there are plenty of smaller, turbocharged four-cylinder engines that deliver similar levels of output these days, but the broad range of torque from the Murano's 3.5-liter V6 makes it feel far more responsive, especially for a vehicle of its size.

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