Having owned two Nissan Altimas previously, I was aware of the quality of Nissan cars. My current needs dictated that I step up to a larger vehicle and test drove Nissan Pathfinder, Rogue and Murano. While all three provided the extra space that was needed, the biggest selling feature on the 2017.5 Murano was the comfort with the styling of the interior and exterior sweetening the decision. The final deciding factor was the fact that my physically challenged mother was easily able to get in and out of the car because the seats are chair level. Transferring from a wheelchair or walker is incredibly easy with this car. It should be noted that I had also test drove popular cars - Toyota Rav 4 and Highlander, Honda CRV and Pilot, Mazda CX5 and CX9 among others (all for at least 24 hours each), my mother and husband both had problems getting in and out of these cars and the design and handling of these vehicles were in a different league than the Murano. I have my 2017.5 SL AWD Murano for 3 months now and my fondness for this car increases with each ride. I am impressed with the turning radius, advanced safety features, intuitive placement of all controls, lovely styling of the interior ambient light, sure handling with quick response and sense of security in this car. My six months of research have paid off! The only thing that I would suggest to the designers of this car would be to add another light in the rear of the car. Other than that, it is very evident that a great deal of thought went in to the safety, styling and comfort of the Murano. I am looking forward to many more years of being satisfied!
This is the most comfortable car I have ever driven or ridden in. I knew exactly what I wanted, not a lot of extras, the car comes with almost everything I wanted, drove 142 miles to buy it. I drove it home and wasn't miserable. I have been driving a Volvo XC90 and thought it was a comfortable car until I got the Murano... I am still learning how to operate all the newer gadgets, but it is not difficult at all. So far, the only thing I wish I had added is darker tint on the glass. The Apple play is not useful for those of us who don't care for iPhones. I had heard that the 20 inch wheels were not as smooth as 18s, but I would fall asleep if it were any smoother. Even my husband, who is a very tough sell on new ideas, is very impressed. He is 6'3", weighs about 240 lbs and can drive the car very comfortably. I have not folded the rear seats, not sure I ever will, so I can't comment. So far, so great!!! Six months later and I still love the car!
The engineers at Nissan designed a great vehicle. The Murano satisfies all my needs and gives me a lot of extras found on luxury cars. As a matter of fact, it beats luxury cars in styling, roominess, and value. It's like looking at a piece of art. It's plenty quiet, accelerates quick and smooth, and contains many safety and convenience features. You can spend less for a competitor's crossover, but you won't get anything close to the Murano. I got the SL package because you need the all around view camera system to see in tight spots. The SL package also gives you the leather seats.
... it was time for some luxury. I purchased the Platinum with all the bells and whistles. I have a miserable commute to DTLA and this car makes it trivial. When they say it's comfortable - they mean it. It is like driving on a cloud! The seats are fantastic. I could not believe what I would have to pay BMW or MBZ to get half of what the Murano gives me. The interior rivals the Infiniti QX60 and is without compromise. Loved my Xterra (still do)... it has cargo space for weeks and two of its outlets were live. MISS THAT, but I do enjoy the heck out of my Murano. Beautifully designed and actually affordable.
I had previously owned a 2011 Murano, and traded it in for a Maxima 2 years ago. Though I loved my Maxima, I missed the comfort and smooth ride of an SUV. I just purchased a 2017 Murano and LOVE it. I like the extra space, and the electronics and technical gadgets are great too. The Murano is very beautifully designed and rides VERY NICELY. Bluetooth, rear view camera, comfortable seating, not to mention 18 in tires for a smooth ride. The radio sounds GREAT, the car is very easy to handle, and the back seats are roomy too!! If you are looking for an SUV I strongly suggest trying the Murano. I don't think I will ever want to drive anything else!!