Dramatic styling; lots of high-tech options; luxurious interior; good fuel economy; strong V6 engine
Not as fun to drive as the first- and second-generation Muranos; big blind spot in the rear-quarter panel; high price with options added
For 2018, every Murano trim now includes NissanConnect with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also standard is automatic emergency braking and intelligent forward-collision warning. The SV trim gains blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, while a new SV Premium package offers more driver-assist safety features. SL and Platinum trims receive more standard features, and a new Midnight Edition package is offered on the SL.See the 2018 Nissan Murano models for sale near you
If you can live without a power driver's seat, a panoramic sunroof and safety features such as blind spot monitoring, we think the base S model is a great value. Even with AWD, the price still stays right around $33,000. If you can't live without the aforementioned goodies, go for the Platinum. It's only about $3,000 more than the SL, and at this price point, the difference in your monthly payment will hardly be noticeable.
The 2018 Nissan Murano comes in four trims: the S, SV, SL and Platinum. All four are available with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or AWD.
The Murano S ($31,525 FWD, $33,125 AWD) includes a manual tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, automatic emergency braking, intelligent forward-collision warning, cruise control, power accessories, rear privacy glass, auto-on/off headlights, Zero Gravity seating, a 6-way manual driver's seat with manual lumbar support, an AM/FM/CD stereo with six speakers and an auxiliary input jack, NissanConnect with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth phone and music-streaming capability, SiriusXM radio, a 7-in color display and a rearview monitor.
The Murano SV ($34,825 FWD, $36,425 AWD) adds roof rails, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, remote engine start, an 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar control, a 4-way power passenger seat and HD Radio.
The optional SV Premium package adds a panoramic sunroof, Bose audio, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, intelligent cruise control, intelligent driver alert, an intelligent around-view monitor and 18-in gunmetal alloy wheels.
The Murano SL ($39,225 FWD, $40,825 AWD) brings leather seating, the Bose audio system, heated outside mirrors, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, intelligent cruise control, a motion-activated power liftgate, driver-attention alert, heated front seats and the around-view monitor. Options for the SL include a power panoramic moonroof and the Midnight Edition package.
The Murano Platinum ($42,955 FWD, $44,555 AWD) comes loaded and includes a heated power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, heated rear seats, 20-in alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats, a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and LED low-beam headlights.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport -- The Santa Fe Sport can match the Murano for comfort, features and style, but its base 4-cylinder engine is weak, and the optional turbocharged 4-cylinder isn't all that much better. The AWD Murano gets much better fuel economy than its Santa Fe Sport counterpart.
2018 Ford Edge -- The Edge offers less polarizing styling and a bit more interior room, plus the choice of three powerful engines. Fuel economy is on par with the Murano.
2018 Kia Sorento -- The Sorento has a lower base price, a more powerful V6 engine and the option of a third-row seat. It isn't as modern-looking as the Murano, but it does have a better standard warranty.
Used Lexus RX 350 -- For about the same price as a Murano SL or Platinum, you can pick up a nice 2012-2016 Lexus RX 350. Go with a certified pre-owned vehicle and you'll get a car that's been thoroughly inspected to Lexus standards and comes with a warranty that lasts 3 years from your date of purchase or until the vehicle reaches 100,000 miles.