Just traded in 2011 murano for the new 2015 murano sl awd. This is a completely different suv. Much more comfortable seating and better set up of the dash and gauge arrangement. Living in Canada the roads are rough and full of potholes in the winter. The new murano soaks up the bumps much better then my 2011 did. With temperatures near -30 C this murano was still smooth and absorbed the harshest of road conditions this country has to offer. Heated seats and steering wheel a big plus. Great value for the buck.
My first ever Nissan - first ever foreign car as well. Just got tired of the unreliability and poor resale of domestics. Test drove and researched a number of crossovers, ultimately landing on the Murano, which wasn't even on my radar throughout most of my search. Have always liked the concept of the Murano, but never loved the styling. The new styling definitely caught my eye and sold me on the product. I receive a ton of compliments on the appearance of the vehicle. But on to the performance. Great car, fun to drive, reliable, all the things you would expect. KIds love the second row heated seats - and all the seats are very comfortable. Not a ton less cargo space than my much larger seeming Durango, but there does seem to be less useful storage space. Bottom line, great car, with really only two complaints. The smaller of which is the climate control - set at 70 on automatic it will blast full speed until it basically forces you to adjust the fan down (which puts it into manual mode) because it gets too cold. Second, and far more annoying complaint, is the navigation. This is the first car I have owned that has navigation and after using my phone as for this duty the past five years, it feels like I went back in time a solid decade. It is embarrassing how bad Nissan's navigation is. I tried using it a few times and went back to my phone - nothing about it is redeeming - it's inaccurate, not user friendly and it's cumbersome. It has to be the worst nav system on the market today. That said, it's a minor thing and everyone has a smart phone, so it's not a big deal. Why car companies can't contract with Google to do their mapping is beyond me, but I promise you, if you are used to using a phone to navigate, you will be sorely disappointed with what Nissan offers in this arena.
2015 Murano - The longer you live with it, the more you love it.
written on 03-29-2015
Absolutely excellent machine. Nissan has achieved (what is in the Canadian market) a superb value. The fact that you can cross shop a Ford Escape and a Nissan Murano says it all. There is simply no comparison for comfort, style, size and functionality. The Murano sits on the large end of the 2 row SUV scale offering more behind the second row storage than the Jeep Grand Cherokee. An impressive feet considering the Murano looks sleek and athletic by comparison. I'm 6'4" and 38 years old, this is my wife's car and replaced a 2005 Chrysler Pacific that wouldn't die soon enough. Well good thing it held off (it threw a rod eventually) because we would have missed out on owning a great car
I specifically chose the SL over the Platinum due to my experience with intelligent cruise control on my Infiniti MX35. It was so aggressive on the highway the first time it kicked in, I thought that the engine was dying. I was 100 yards away from the car in front of me and it was slowing me down! You could reduce its aggressiveness but you couldn't turn it off. There is a great deal to like about this car. I find the styling, inside and out to be refreshing. The interior reminds me of Infiniti's that I have had so they definitely moved things upscale. The seats are very comfortable, the car rides wonderfully, and I find the steering to be pretty precise. The car handles well for sitting so high. The surround camera and cross traffic alerts are worth their weight in gold. Given the difficulty in sensing where the front of the car is while parking, the ability to turn the surround cameras on when going forward slowly is a big help. Having had a 1st generation CVT on a Ford 500, the Murano's is a giant step forward. There is a slight bit of noise from it but not at all objectionable. I find the acceleration to be reasonably good. Having the next driving instruction from the Nav in the driver display is very useful, and the general timing of guidance and how it is provided works well. There have been issues with my experience with buying and using this car: - Nissan touts their NissanConnect smartphone integration with its 6 functions. I told my sales rep that smartphone integration for safe driving was a key concern of mine and he allowed me to believe that all of these functions were available at the SL trim level, as one would expect with a higher level trim. They are not! Cars with Nav ONLY have Google search available so, if like me, you want Pandora integration, go elsewhere or get a Murano without navigation! (By integration I mean being able to see the Pandora interface on the dash and use steering wheel controls to interact with it.) Compounding this, I was basically stonewalled at every level when trying to get an honest answer about when the other functions would be supplied. Whether I went to my salesman (still waiting for him to get back to me), Nissan national customer service, or the office of the North American president, I got the same low-integrity, condescending answer: "We have no information at this time if or when the other functions will be available". Man up, already, and just say that you aren't going to do it! So now I am stuck with a car without Pandora integration, which virtually every other car brand has. - As my car was delivered to me, the three navigation settings that impact how it chooses routes were set so that it didn't want to use expressways / tollways / interstates. This fact, coupled with the imprecision of the navigation, had it telling me to make left turns off of a 65 mph expressway after I ignored its instructions and went onto the expressway. It thought I was on a road paralleling the expressway so it kept giving me unsafe instructions for where I actually was. After I had figured out two of the settings but was still having problems I called into the dealer. They had their "expert" get on the phone but he couldn't offer anything else. I did find the third setting and that was when I came to understand the lack of precision and why it was giving me unsafe instructions. The Nav tells me that I have arrived at my destination when I am 100 yards away! When you don't know where you are going in a world with a lack of house / building numbers displayed, 100 yards is a problem. My Garmin unit is far superior in its accuracy. - The Nav screen easily washes out from side window sun. - The two front doors vibrate when you close them. The two rear doors close with a satisfying and final thunk. With the two front doors the upper rear corner vibrates visibly. When we were on a trip and I had a spare bottle water in the door holder and would close the door, the it made quite a racket as the door vibrated and shook the water bottle around. When I asked the service rep at my selling dealer he basically responded that it would be too much effort to do anything about it. - I went into another dealer to look into establishing a relationship there. They did an oil change, which was a bit pricey ($53) for a 5W30 oil change, but they did help figure out that the reason the TPMS sensors in my new snow tires wouldn't register was because TireRack put the wrong ones in. When I got the replacements, I went back to have them do the sway. They said it would be 3.0 - 3.5 hours (!) and cost accordingly. Thinking that I had mis-heard or misunderstood, I asked how it could take 45 minutes a wheel to swap the sensors. His reply was that was what it takes. I declined to go forward and stopped by a Discount Tire on the way home. They did all four wheels in 40 minutes for $32. Have you noticed a theme about the Nissan organization?
I have never written a review before on any website however I am so incredibly pleased I wanted to share my thoughts. I hope what I have to say helps you in your decision. I have had my 2015 Murano SL for a few weeks and I cant say enough about it. I actually came to this site and read the reviews and was not going to buy this car because of what people were saying about the gas mileage. I want you to know I have not seen it. I am getting 26 MPG. I had a Nissan Altima for 5 years and loved the car never a problem but I do drive a lot and the miles were getting high so it was time for a new car. I did a lot of research on which car I wanted to buy and looked at different brands. At the end of the day I decided to stay with Nissan because I had such good luck with my last car. My new purchase was between the Murano and the Maxima. They both have new styles and I love them both. I really wanted a smaller SUV vs. a car so that is why I leaned towards the Murano. OMG it is awesome!!!!. First the exterior is super stylish and boy do you get looks when you are driving this car. The interior is luxurious! The seats have memory foam in them and are very comfortable, the cabin is spacious, the car has every gadget you can think of and it is all at your finger tips. The cargo area in the back is plenty spacious even if you travel. The back seats recline as well a fold down. There are USB ports in the front and the back which is nice. You have memory seating for up to 2 people, you have auto start which is so nice in the winter time, the back hatch auto lifts, extra secret storage compartments in the cargo area, heated/cooled seats and the ride is so smooth. I looked at a lot of higher end cars, Lexus 350, ACURA MDX, RDX and BMW 3 and this car in my opinion out beats all of them in the interior. It matches all of the cars plus some. If I did have to say anything negative it is two very minor things. Cup holders in the front I wish one was a little bigger than the other and the visor I wish it had the extender, I can live without these because everything else is fabulous. This car is not cheap is it on the higher end, if you can afford it go with the Nissan Murano. You will not be disappointed. Good Luck with your purchase!