The trendy and comfortable option in midsize SUV’s, in case you are not heading to the outback.
The Murano has been with us for quite some time now (because 2003 to be accurate ), and over that time, Nissan has always upgraded and enhanced this exceptional version with all the 3 generations, always focusing on sophistication and design over off-road art. To be honest, the Murano has constantly fallen square at the luxurious ‘Crossover’ camp anyhow.
So, what is new with all the 2020 variant? Although that the Murano only had a moderate exterior and interior layout refresh last calendar year, Nissan has added more security characteristics in the upper-level SV, SL, and Platinum trim levels. This contains their Safety Shield 360 system, a bundle of integrated features that comprises automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane passing & blind spot warning, forward and back collision alarms, and much more. All of those trims over the bottom ‘S’ additionally consist of heated side mirrors, adaptive cruise control, and rear parking sensors too.
The body styling contains striking sweeps and drops, maintaining Nissan’s present exterior design terminology, and though it may polarizing into a traditional buyers, the Murano does create a sporty announcement at a sea of block-like SUV’s. Our tester came with discretionary 20″ black lace alloy wheels that seemed great also. There is one formidable disadvantage to this coupe-like layout with its compact ‘c’ pillar, and that’s a restricted rear 3/4 visibility. You’ll need to inspect those mirrors twice prior to making abrupt lane changes. Luckily, the backup camera will clearly lead you through the hardest reversing scenarios.
Slide supporting the leather-wrapped wheel, and you might discover this is a very comfortable and eloquent vehicle, using excellent, supportive chairs and a tasteful ride. The Murano’s leather upholstery with diamond layout and superior interior details are quite beautiful to invest some time in, rivaling more costly vehicles in its course. Nissan’s 3.5-liter V-6 has considerable power, using all-wheel drive and paired for their ‘Xtronic’ CVT (continuously variable transmission), that has been tuned to get smooth, nearly undetectable changes, while providing a commendable 23 mpg in combined city and highway driving.
It’s no secret which Nissan’s infotainment system could possibly be receiving a tiny long-in-the-tooth, however the controls are simple, and also with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it is not really a frustrating proposition. Sound-wise, the Bose Premium sound with 11 speakers and double subwoofer made amazing music at the Murano’s whisper-quiet cottage. Overall, this one is really a pleasure to drive.
In the midsize SUV class, you have got other options which are more adaptive, all-arounders, a few with more seats, plus some which are more off-road able and seeking inland adventure. However, should you discover commuter relaxation and stand-out looks on peak of your shopping list, the Murano may only be the one for you.
Jay Ward is a Bay Area established gearhead and also the Creative Director for its ‘Cars’ franchise in Pixar Animation Studios. He also functions in an abysmal Judge in Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Audrain’s, also Hilton Head Island Concours, in addition to a regular contributor in the Jalopy Journal. You will locate his children ‘Dad’s Daily Driver’ on Instagram and Facebook.