Dramatic styling; lots of high-tech options; luxurious interior; good fuel economy; strong V6 engine
Not as fun to drive as the old Murano; big blind spot in the rear quarter panel; high price with options added
The Murano is all new for 2015. Highlights include better fuel economy and a more luxurious interior, plus more high-tech options.
If you can live without a power driver's seat, panoramic sunroof and the available safety features to help with blind spot detection and collision warning, we think the base S model is a great value. Even with all-wheel drive, the price still stays right around $35,000. If you can't live without the goodies mentioned above, go for the Platinum with the Technology Package. It's only about $2,000 more than the SL, and at this price point the difference in your monthly payment will hardly be noticeable. Find a Nissan Murano for sale
The Murano S ($30,445, FWD; $32,045, AWD) includes a manual tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, cruise control, power accessories, rear privacy glass, auto on/off headlights, Zero Gravity seating, 6-way manual driver's seat with manual lumbar support, AM/FM/CD stereo with 6-speaker and auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth phone and music streaming capability, SiriusXM satellite radio, a 7-in color display with NissanConnect mobile apps and a rearview monitor.
An optional Navigation Package adds an 8-in touchscreen display, voice activated navigation and a USB/iPod interface.
The Murano SV ($33,505, FWD; $35,105, AWD) adds the Navigation Package, roof rails, fog lights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar control, 4-way power passenger seat, HD radio and a USB/iPod interface.
An optional Premium Package adds a panoramic sunroof and 9-speaker Bose audio.
The Murano SL ($37,835, FWD; $39,345, AWD) brings leather seating, the Bose audio system, heated outside mirrors, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, power rear lift gate and Nissan's 360-degree Around View monitor.
The Murano Platinum ($39,885, FWD; $41,485, AWD) comes pretty loaded and includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 20-in alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats and LED low-beam headlights.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2015 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. Its fuel economy is also rather poor.
2015 Ford Edge -- The Edge is also new this year, with a bit more interior room and the choice of three powerful engines. Fuel economy is on par with the Murano, but the Edge's base price is about $2,000 less than the Nissan.
2015 Kia Sorento -- The Sorento has a lower base price, a more powerful V6 engine and the option of a third-row seat. The Sorento isn't as modern looking as the Murano, however, 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 2012-2014 Lexus RX 350. Go with a certified pre-owned vehicle, and you'll get a car that has been thoroughly inspected to Lexus standards, and comes with a warranty that lasts three years from your date of purchase or until the vehicle reaches 100,000 miles.