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Used 2015 Nissan Murano S SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2015 Nissan Murano S SUV.

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars
2015 Nissan Murano Platinum
Ken Holub,03/25/2016
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
This is my second Murano...I traded in a five year old Murano that I still enjoyed driving but wanted to update. My trade in Murano along with the three Maxima's I have owned have been the most dependable vehicles I have ever owned and that is why I prefer to buy Nissan vehicles. The experience at my first dealership visit set up through Edmonds was not very positive. I had a loud and … pushy salesperson that must have thought I was an idiot. He lowballed me on my used car by about $3000...He asked me where I got my price from...The visit was set up via Edmonds...Need I say more. My wife and I did not enjoy all we went through to get this automobile, but we really love it now that we have it. As stated in reviews it has a somewhat softer ride than our previous Murano and we enjoy that. It is a very quiet ride and we really appreciate the increased mileage. We got 27 MPG on an interstate trip and average about 21 MPG on our suburban driving. That is up from about 18 suburban and 20 highway from our last Murano...Impressive improvement. We were committed to purchasing a White car. It is hard to believe the Pearl White is an upgrade...I have the same paint on my Maxima and there was no up charge...In fact I believe Pearl White is the only upcharge paint. All of our white cars have had a beige/tan interior. When we saw the Murano with the beige interior we hated it. The cheap white paneling looked awful and it looked like there was a beige pad over the speedometer. If beige was the only option interior we would not have bought the car. However the Graphite interior with the brushed steel trim looks like a different interior...We really like the look of it and are quite satisfied. We both think that Nissan made a big mistake with the beige interior...I believe they called the panel trim white washed oak...It looked extremely cheap...Hard to believe they made such a miss. We did contact the Nissan home office about the poor sales treatment at the first dealership and they did follow up with us on it. I recommend anyone who has a poor experience with a dealer to contact Nissan...The did follow through on my complaint. Shopping for a car should be enjoyable but it rarely is. With the help provided by Edmonds you know the value of your trade in and a fair price for the vehicle you want...I have depended on Edmonds for the last six or seven cars I bought and it helps make you a more informed consumer. My advice to anyone shopping is to get up and walk out when your salesperson is unsatisfactory.
5 out of 5 stars
Nissan replaced a sensor and all peoblems solved.
Oscar,10/29/2016
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Very good and reliable car. 6 years and still running good!
3 out of 5 stars
Still Having Regrets at 35,000 Miles
phil pinol,01/25/2016
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
1) Contrary to other reports about the seats, driver's seat uncomfortable for me. 2) 20" wheels inflated to 35 pounds are a disaster. You feel every bump in the road and noisy. 3) The high dash and hood obstructs my view (I'm 6'2") of possible obstructions, i.e. wide posts, columns all around obstruct your view, especially looking back over the right shoulder. 3) At the wiper blade … well, the hood metal slopes backward approx. 45 degrees and will reflect sunlight in the drivers eyes on sunny days between say 11 AM to 3 PM when driving towards or away from the sun. This is a safety hazard and some non-glare material needs to be added. 5) The extra 1" of overhang for the top cover of the convenience storage box between the driver and passenger seat obstructs the fasting of the drivers seatbelt. I can only imagine what trouble a very heavy person would have attaching their seat belt. 6) No ability to raise the passenger seat vertically. Stupid. 7) Poor storage cubby-holes in the doors and transmission housing: all deep, long and narrow. I miss the large convenient storage area forward of the gear shift and under the dash in my '07 Murano. 8) With 55,000 miles on the car, my average MPG is only around 19 - 20 with equal city and highway driving. Advertised 23 - 26. 9) The fit and finish issues: still have a whistling in the driver's door at 50MPH, plastic inserts in the steering wheel overhang and tend to scrape your fingers. Also had to replace the windshield because of internal flaws. I think my old 09 Murano SL was a better car. Bottom line: Shouldn't have changed my mind and left it at the dealership after 100 miles. Looking to trade in for Lexus
5 out of 5 stars
My 6 year old Murano
Betsy Thomas,01/13/2016
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
I still love my Murano! All the controls are so simple and logical. It’s perfect for me. I often actually use it like a truck, hauling materials, trash and debris (I have a rubber mat in the back). I am disappointed that the seat heater and air on the drivers side has stopped working and the dealer said it would be major to repair as they checked all the simple solutions. Otherwise. … Normal repairs and maintenance.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2015 Nissan Murano S SUV

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious and upscale interior
  • comfortable seats
  • nice balance of power and fuel economy
  • pleasant ride.
  • Not as sporty to drive as its predecessor.


Full Edmunds Review: 2015 Nissan Murano SUV

What’s new

The Nissan Murano has been redesigned for the 2015 model year. Major changes include a nicer interior, sleek new styling and improved fuel economy.

Edmunds says

Just as in years past, the Nissan Murano is a pleasant and versatile five-passenger midsize crossover. But with this year's redesign, it's also more stylish and luxurious. The 2015 Murano is a smart choice if you want an upscale, V6-powered crossover without having to step up to a luxury brand.

Vehicle overview

We've been impressed with the Nissan Murano ever since its debut way back in 2003. One of the first crossover SUVs, it stood out for its combination of stylish looks, roomy five-passenger seating, and power and handling characteristics that were more sport sedan than sport-utility. Since then, dozens of crossovers have followed from almost all automakers. That larger crowd makes it harder for the 2015 Nissan Murano to stand out, but this is still one crossover you'll want to check out.

Just as it did with the original, Nissan is taking some risks with the new Murano's styling. Bold and futuristic, the 2015 Murano's sporty and swoopy lines are highlighted by a "floating" roof that creates the illusion that the rear roof section is supported only by glass. Along with prominent chrome accents and distinctive winged headlights, the Murano brings a welcome dose of style to a class of vehicle that is still at its core about practicality.

There is still plenty of practicality in the new Murano, though. It's a little bigger than last year's model, and the added space provides more room for passengers and their cargo. Nissan's "Zero Gravity" seats also make their debut on the 2015 Murano. They provide great support for reduced fatigue on long drives, and in the Murano you get them not just for front occupants, but rear (outboard) passengers as well. All occupants are surrounded by quality materials and the latest in technology and safety features. Nissan's three-row Pathfinder might offer more room for a similar price, but the Murano is certainly nicer.

Nissan has softened the Murano's suspension tuning this year, biasing this crossover more for comfort than has been the case in the past. While the new Murano isn't as much fun to drive as before, the ride quality is certainly smooth and quiet. Largely unchanged are the Murano's 260-horsepower V6 engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT), but fuel economy is better this year.

That sole V6 might still be a small drawback if you want other options under the hood. Notably, the redesigned 2015 Ford Edge, which is the Murano's closest competitor, offers a range of engines that are either more fuel-efficient or more powerful. If you want some added off-road or towing ability, the 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee would be a better choice. Or, if you're willing to spend more money, you might also want to look at the 2015 Lexus RX 350 or 2015 Volkswagen Touareg. Overall, though, we like the newest Murano and its mix of style, practicality and luxury.

2015 Nissan Murano models

The 2015 Nissan Murano is a midsize crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Each can be had with front- or all-wheel drive.

Standard equipment on the S includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and cruise control. Electronics and entertainment features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, smartphone app integration and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, an auxiliary input jack and a USB port with an iPod interface.

The S model is offered with an optional Navigation package that consists of an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, a navigation system and HD radio.

The SV model gets all the equipment in the Navigation package, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, foglights, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment) and a four-way power front passenger seat. An optional Premium package for the SV adds a panoramic sunroof and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.

Going with the SL model gets you the Bose audio system as standard and further adds heated outside mirrors, driver memory settings, a blind spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alerts, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 360-degree parking camera system, ambient interior lighting and a power liftgate.

The top-line Murano Platinum is loaded with the above, plus a power tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats and power return rear seats.

The SL and Platinum are offered with a Technology package that includes a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning and crash mitigation system.

Performance & mpg

Powering the 2015 Nissan Murano is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 260 hp and 240 pound-feet of torque. A CVT is standard, and you can get the Murano with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Either way, EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway), which is better than what you get from most competing crossover SUVs with V6 engines.

In acceleration testing, Edmunds.com recorded a 7.5-second time to reach 60 mph that puts it at the top of the charts for front-wheel-drive midsize crossovers.

Safety

The 2015 Nissan Murano comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, hill-start assist, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag, active front head restraints and a rearview camera.

In Edmunds.com testing, a 2015 Murano Platinum with front-wheel drive required 117 feet to stop from 60 mph, a shorter than average distance for vehicles in its class.

The SL and Platinum models add blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning systems, as well as a 360-degree parking camera system that includes a moving-object detection feature that lights up quadrants of the around-view monitor and sounds a beep if people or objects are moving near the vehicle. Optional for these models is adaptive cruise control combined with a frontal-collision warning and mitigation system that can automatically apply the brakes to avoid or mitigate the severity of a frontal crash.

Driving

The 2015 Nissan Murano has traded earlier models' sporty character for a more luxurious ride. The ride is smooth, and ruts and potholes are never jarring, even with the Platinum model's 20-inch wheels. Despite a slight reduction in weight compared to the previous-generation model, though, the new Murano leans and feels less nimble around turns. While the steering is fairly light at low speeds, it has some reassuring heft as things pick up, but it isn't particularly direct or communicative. The new Murano is most at home just swallowing up miles on the interstate, and we suspect most car buyers will find its laidback personality easy to like.

The carry-over V6 engine is suitably powerful and works well with the CVT. While CVTs are often associated with increased engine drone during hard acceleration, this transmission acts more like a regular automatic and simulates gearshifts. That said, accelerating up to highway speeds or passing slower traffic with authority requires an aggressive right foot, and the V6 engine sounds a bit coarse in the process.

Interior

The seats might not be the first thing you notice when you hop in the Murano, but they will leave a lasting impression. Nissan calls them "Zero Gravity" seats because they are designed to contour to the position the body assumes in zero gravity. Here on 1-G Earth, we think they are among the finest seats on the market. They are especially supportive of the lower and mid back, and you'll find them both up front as well as for the two outboard rear seating positions.

The rest of the interior is also impressive. While we're not really sold on the woodlike trim, almost all of the other materials are soft to the touch and high in quality. The overall effect is certainly upscale, and the new Murano's larger size gives it an airy feeling. The Murano also gets Nissan's latest touchscreen interface. It is called Nissan Connect and it houses the available navigation system and offers smartphone app integration via owners' smartphones. We initially found the system had integration for just one app (Google search) but other Nissan models offer access to several apps, so improved functionality is sure to follow.

When it's time to haul stuff, the 2015 Murano is up to the task, with 39.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row and 69.9 cubic feet available with the rear seats folded flat. Those cargo room figures are competitive with rivals like the Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2015 Nissan Murano in Virginia is:

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