2015 Nissan Murano Long-Term Road Test - Wrap-Up

2015 Nissan Murano Long-Term Road Test

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What We Got
The Nissan Murano midsize crossover is now in its third generation, and although it's not the largest Nissan SUV, the company has made it clear that it considers the Murano its style and technology showcase.

In order to sample all that the Murano offers, our test vehicle was the top-tier Platinum trim with front-wheel drive. The Platinum model includes most of the things you would expect from a high trim package. This means LED headlights, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, leather throughout, 20-inch wheels, navigation and a back-up camera.

We added the $2,260 Technology package, the only option available on the Platinum. This adds a panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning with active braking. All in, our tester rang up at $42,145.

Over 12 months and 23,388 miles, here's what we found:

Performance

2015 Nissan Murano

  • "From 20-70 mph, the Murano slingshots with zero hesitation. You need to suppress the urge to be that guy and start overtaking everything in sight. More practically, the 260-horsepower V6/CVT combination makes it easy to keep pace with traffic with pleasant precision." — Dan Frio


  • "I think our Murano gives you a nice balance of comfort and composure. It is not borderline-sporty like the first-generation Murano (I never drove the second-generation version). But it'll go around a challenging highway interchange without going limp, while the ride is comfortable and serene to an extent that any parent will appreciate." — Erin Riches

MPG

  • "At 22.5 mpg, we're still below the EPA's combined driving estimate of 24 mpg. But most of our long-term test cars end up a bit shy of their respective combined estimates, so I'm not surprised here. The way I see it, our Murano's got a solid powertrain that will get you fuel economy in the low/mid 20s, depending on your driving conditions and style. If this was my Murano, I'd be satisfied with that." — Brent Romans


  • "The new low mark stands at 14.7 mpg after 220 miles of driving on a nearly full tank. That's way off the EPA's city estimate of 21 mpg. The numbers check out, though, so there's no obvious excuse or explanation other than we apparently drove around with a heavy right foot. We're also down to 21.9 mpg lifetime, from 22.0 last month." — Brent Romans

Comfort

  • "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." — Ed Hellwig


  • "Here's the thing. The seats really are comfortable, which became immediately apparent on the drive. At least in regard to my back, the difference between the Jaguar and Murano seats was as dramatic as being waterboarded or floating in a sun-drenched pool, with beautiful maidens gently cooling me with freshly cut palm fronds. OK, maybe the pain meds just kicked in." — Mark Takahashi

Cargo Space

2015 Nissan Murano

  • "For me, the Murano fits perfectly. It'll swallow a 10-foot surfboard whole, with room to spare for a rear passenger and other board meeting essentials. Sure, there are other alternatives to transporting longer items, like strapping said items to a roof-mounted rack, but nothing is as secure as keeping your valuables in cabin, under lock and key." — Jonathan Elfalan


  • "To its credit, the Nissan was spacious. The spec sheet claims 39.6 cubic feet in cargo area, but other specs actually make using that space more practical. When open at its lowest point, the hatch was 73 inches from the ground, lessening the chances of my 74-inch frame hitting it. The load floor sits a reasonable 31 inches high, limiting lower back strain for awkward items like strollers. Load floor dimensions are 43 inches wide at the wheelwells, increasing slightly in front of them, and 35 inches deep. As an unexpected bonus, rear headrests extend nearly to the roof. This meant I could pack softer items up top without fear of them falling into the passenger area." — Mike Schmidt

Interior

2015 Nissan Murano

  • "The piano black trim element surrounding the climate controls in the center stack bows outward from the center. There are also a few small scratches that are visible in the image. I tried to push it in a little, thinking that maybe a little fastener wasn't catching, but it doesn't feel like it. Perhaps it'll be checked out if it goes in for service before it leaves our fleet. Otherwise, the interior is holding up quite well." — Mark Takahashi


  • "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 backseat where it's needed most." — Ed Hellwig

Audio and Technology

2015 Nissan Murano

  • "It may be difficult to see, but the driver's side camera has gone dark. I tried shifting in and out of Reverse and even restarted the car, but was unsuccessful in convincing this camera to wake up. The camera worked the next time I called on its services, which saved us a trip to the dealer. But if this becomes a common occurrence, it's likely to cause some fits among the staff." — Jonathan Elfalan


  • 2015 Nissan Murano

  • "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 and not comfortable to reach. Why is it all the way down there?" — James Riswick

Maintenance

  • "The total came to $91.38, steep for this kind of minor service. If I had shopped around a bit, I may have found a different dealer offering service specials. Cerritos Nissan had a $34.95 oil change special, and Stokes Tire Service rotates SUV tires for $25. Instead I paid extra for one-stop convenience." — Cameron Rogers


  • "The first service for our 2015 Nissan Murano, you might remember, wasn't exactly cheap at around $92. So we were prepared to spend another Benjamin when it came time for the next scheduled service at 10,000 miles. But the Murano proved a popular car during the summer, someone always asking if they could 'just borrow it for a weekend or a short road trip.' Before we knew it, we were overdue for a 10K service." — Dan Frio

Miscellaneous

  • "The dash is tall and the hood rises to a peak even higher than that, then cascades down out of sight, completely eliminating the possibility of knowing where that highly styled shnoz ends. The Murano is also quite wide, and that nebulous forward visibility makes it feel even wider. Add to this the oddly heavy low-speed steering effort and there you have my conclusion: not easy to park." — James Riswick


  • "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. The Murano, for example, requires an 87-point turn to back into my new apartment's carport. I swear one day I'm going to Austin Powers myself between the walls. All this 'scoot forward a foot, spin the wheel, back up a foot, spin the wheel' stuff highlights how heavy the steering effort is in our long-term Murano. It might actually be the heaviest I've encountered in a few years." — Mark Takahashi

Maintenance & Repairs

Regular Maintenance:

The Murano calls for service every 5,000 miles. Given that we topped the 20,000-mile mark, this meant four scheduled dealer visits that ended up costing $634.76. Fortunately the Murano never had to visit the dealer outside of its regular service intervals.

Service Campaigns:
None.

Fuel Economy and Resale Value

Observed Fuel Economy:
EPA fuel economy estimates for the Murano were 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway). We averaged 22.5 mpg over 12 months and 23,388 miles. Our best tank matched the highway estimate at 28 mpg, while the worst was an abysmal 14.7 mpg. The best range we achieved was 448.4 miles.

Resale and Depreciation:
Our Murano had an as-test MSRP of $42,145. After 12 months and 23,388 miles the Edmunds TMV® Calculator valued our tester at $31,302, based on a private-party sale. That's 26 percent depreciation, less than our 2014 Nissan Rogue, but more than our 2014 Acura MDX.

Summing Up

Pros:
Great seats that are comfortable for the long haul; flexible cargo space makes it feel bigger than its numbers suggest; strong V6 means you're never short on passing power; overall mileage number was close to its EPA rating; no problems in the first 23,000 miles.

Cons:
Steering is heavy and the turning circle is wide; dashboard controls aren't always intuitive; rearward visibility is hampered by large roof pillars.

Bottom Line:
When it comes to two-row midsize crossovers, they don't get much more practical or comfortable than the Nissan Murano. It's fast when you need it to be, swallows passengers and cargo with ease and will deliver reasonable mileage if you drive it conservatively. Heavy steering and a few odd controls are the only drawbacks to this otherwise reliable and enjoyable crossover.

Total Body Repair Costs: None
Total Routine Maintenance Costs: $634.76 (over 12 months)
Additional Maintenance Costs: None
Warranty Repairs: None
Non-Warranty Repairs: None
Scheduled Dealer Visits: 4
Unscheduled Dealer Visits: None
Days Out of Service: None
Breakdowns Stranding Driver: None
   
Best Fuel Economy: 28.0 mpg
Worst Fuel Economy: 14.7 mpg
Average Fuel Economy: 22.5 mpg
   
True Market Value at service end: $31,302 (private-party sale)
Depreciation: $10,845 (26% of original MSRP)
Final Odometer Reading: 23,388 miles

The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.


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