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2015 Nissan Murano: Frontal Collision Mitigation Could Be Worth the Cost

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on February 4, 2016

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Intermittent Interface Aggravation

by Jonathan Elfalan, Road Test Editor on January 26, 2016

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Nissan Connect Touchscreen Interface Works Well

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on December 24, 2015

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Our 2015 Nissan Murano is the loaded-up Platinum trim level, which means it comes standard with the 8-inch "Nissan Connect" touchscreen. I've been driving our Murano for about a week straight now and have a few observations on how well this touchscreen's interface works.

For automotive touchscreens, an 8-inch display is a pretty healthy size. Most range from 5 to 8 inches, so this one's on the upper end. In theory, the additional real estate allows the interface designers to create a less cluttered and easier-to-use interface.

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2015 Nissan Murano: On Demand Cam

by Dan Frio, Automotive Editor on December 8, 2015

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The on-demand cam in our 2015 Nissan Murano is a personal favorite creature comfort. I'm surprised more automakers don't offer it. There's not much to it really, but it beats the standard rearview cam that only comes on when you engage reverse. That's because Nissan's Around View Monitor is more than a basic rearview cam.

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2015 Nissan Murano: More Worthless Alerts

by Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on November 19, 2015

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Back in September, our 2015 Nissan Murano provided me with an excessive heat alert during the hottest time of the year in an already hot climate. It made me laugh and I jabbed at it here for sharing the relatively worthless warning.

It's November now. You know, winter. In SoCal the normal days dip into the low 70s and nights might drop to 45. Brrr.

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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: Mediocre Visibility Makes "Around View" a Necessity

by Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor on October 7, 2015

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Nissan introduced its 360-degree surround-view camera system ("Around View") about eight years ago in the Infiniti EX35 and has gradually added it to other Nissan/Infiniti models since. The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano includes it as part of the SL trim level and, just as on other vehicles, it's a handy feature for parking in tight spaces.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Fractionally Autonomous Cruise Control

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on September 25, 2015

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Our 2015 Nissan Murano isn't anywhere near autonomous, but it does have one piece of the puzzle — adaptive cruise control. Just set your speed and it maintains a set distance from the car ahead of you. Pretty basic stuff, but when it doesn't work well, it's more hassle than it's worth.

In this case, Nissan's "Intelligent Cruise Control" works quite well.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Master of the Obvious Brings the Heat

By Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor on September 18, 2015

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A few days ago our 2015 Nissan Murano barfed up this meaningless warning on my way to work.

It's September in Southern California, the hottest time of the year in an already hot, dry climate. I'd just spent a few hours outside being reminded how hot it can be in a place that hasn't had meaningful rain in 30 or so months.

And now the Murano is reminding me that it's hot. Or that it's going to be hot 10 miles from where I was at the time.

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2015 Nissan Murano: SXM Sat Radio Delivers More Than Just Music

July 6, 2015

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Like many of the vehicles in our long-term fleet, our 2015 Nissan Murano has XM/Sirius satellite radio. It's great for long road trips in the middle of nowhere or the daily commute depending on what kind of programming you're into.

To make the satellite experience even better, XM/Sirius has also added the ability to deliver additional information like the oft-touted, but rarely sought after weather/sports/stock market combo. It's been around for a while, yet I've never bothered to look for it in any of our test vehicles.

Turns out our Murano has an auxiliary home screen that puts all this information in one place.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Navigation System Shows You Exactly Where to Turn

June 30, 2015

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Even with the help of a navigation system, I often make wrong turns when I'm driving in unfamiliar areas. Partly, it's my inability to conceptualize a turn that's coming up in 0.2 mile or 400 feet or whatever, and partly it's due to dividing my attention between the primary activity (driving the vehicle), listening to the radio, and following the nav system's guidance.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Thumb-Wrestling With Steering Wheel Controls

June 24, 2015

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What would you say is the most frequently-used steering wheel control? Perhaps I don't make many Bluetooth phone calls, perhaps I don't fiddle with the trip computer that much, and perhaps I'm loath to use voice controls. However, I am constantly changing stereo volume. In the 2015 Nissan Murano, however, the steering wheel volume control is not on the easily-reachable wheel spoke.

Instead, it's considerably lower (see my thumb in photo) and not comfortable to reach. Why is it all the way down there?

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2015 Nissan Murano: Nav to Nowhere

May 29, 2015

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I don't often venture north of Interstate 10 (the freeway that basically bisects the Los Angeles County basin), so before I headed to Westlake Village for the annual Heels & Wheels event, I consulted our 2015 Nissan Murano's navigation system. I didn't have the address at hand, but the Four Seasons Westlake Village was listed as a Destination in the nav, so I selected it and hit the road.

I knew vaguely where the hotel was located, so I started to take notice when the nav directed me to the opposite side of the freeway.

Six miles later, the nav politely announced I had arrived at my destination.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Wind Warning

February 26, 2015

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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.

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2015 Nissan Murano: Well, That's Awkward

February 23, 2015

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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.

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