By on August 25, 2015

2015 Nissan Murano (1 of 13)

2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD

3.5-liter VQ35DE DOHC V-6, Continuously Variable Timing Control System (260 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm; 240 lbs-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm)

Xtronic continuously variable transmission (2.413:1 – 0.383:1 range, 0.958:1 final drive)

21 city/28 highway/24 combined (EPA Rating, MPG)

22.4 mpg on the Soccer Dad test cycle, 75 percent city (Observed, MPG)

Tested Options: SL trim, all-wheel drive

Base Price (S FWD):
$30,445* (U.S.)/$31,858* (Canada)
As Tested Price:
$39,435* (U.S.)/$41,393* (Canada)

* All prices include $885 destination fee (U.S.) or $1,860 destination fee, PDI and A/C tax (Canada).

“Damn, that’s ugly,” I thought to myself — in addition to saying it openly amongst my automotive journalist friends when Nissan unveiled the new, third-generation Murano at the 2014 New York Auto Show.

“Who’s going to buy this?” I asked myself — in addition to everyone who would possibly listen to my whining.

“I bet this won’t sell,” proclaimed my inner monologue — in addition to my external one.

Boy, was I wrong on that last point. The new Murano’s year-to-date sales in Canada have already eclipsed last year’s entirely (sales surpassed 1,000 units in June 2015 for the first time ever in Canada), and it will likely sell more in the U.S. than it has in the last couple years at the very least.

When I had a chance to drive the newest “lifestyle” crossover from Nissan, I realized why my predictions were so wrong. If you can look past the sheet metal, the aging VQ35DE V-6 engine and the continuously variable transmission that’s become ubiquitous with the Nissan brand, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what is arguably the best lifestyle crossover on the market.

That should be no surprise. One could make a case for the Nissan Murano being a pioneer in this segment. Back in 2002, Nissan rolled out the first-generation Murano to either fanfare or fiery criticism, depending on who you asked.

The non-luxury softroader was born — whether you liked it or not.

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To better understand the Murano and its “Predator with a Beverly Hills facelift” styling, one must understand the competition — namely the Ford Edge. Neither vehicle communicates a modicum of off-roading intentions, even though both are available with all-wheel drive. Both are targeted directly at yuppie dinks with money to burn and status to reinforce. They want a vehicle that’s visually loud so they can be unique just like everyone else.

Compared to prior generations, the Murano is more visually windswept up front due to its corporate V-motion grille and Z-inspired headlights. It’s a cohesive design regardless of how visually off-putting I might personally find it.

Around the side, the Murano flaunts the same floating roof treatment craze that’s seeing more use at Nissan and elsewhere. Our mid-trim SL tester wore standard 18-inch wheels shod with 235/65R18 rubber that didn’t visually fill the wheel wells as much as the 20 inchers available on the Platinum trim, but still did a much better job of not making the car look plebeian compared to the Edge on its smaller wheels. Actually, the 18s make the Murano look trendy, expensive and — viewing it as a car guy — comfortable.

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Around back are some of the most confusing shapes and surfaces you’ll find on any crossover on sale today. The rear lamps sport the same boomerang styling as those up front. The blacked-out floating roof section, when inspected closely, even has some metallic flake in the plastic so it doesn’t look flat and cheap. Like the side, a chrome strip breaks up the lower body cladding and high-gloss paint, like a belt separating black pants and a loudly colored button-up shirt.

Overall, the Murano looks expensive and expressive, but its execution is far from my cup of tea. The Ford Edge ticks the same boxes without being visually nauseating.

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Years ago, I listened to a stand-up comic — whose name completely escapes me — do a bit on yuppies and yard sales.

“Yuppie yard sales are just like normal ones — except nothing is for sale. Yuppies just want you to look at their stuff.”

Nissan knows the typical Murano buyer isn’t going to have kids — or if they do have that elusive single child, the chances of he or she having more than two friends willing to ditch their Facebooks and video games to actually drive somewhere is pretty slim. Instead, what yuppies do have is personal belongings — or at least more personal belongings than their kid has friends — so, understandably, there’s no third row seating. In its place is a cavernous cargo area so you can take all your stuff to the local yuppie yard sale, show it off, and bring it home in a flashy ride.

Unfortunately for the Murano, the Edge can hold even more yuppie junk in its upwardly mobile trunk; 32.1 cu. ft. of cargo space is available behind the second row in the Murano (minus 1 cu. ft. with the moonroof) versus 39.2 cu. ft. in the Edge.

You’d think that maybe the Murano is shorter than the Edge, but it’s actually longer on the outside by 4.7 inches. Wheelbases are similar at 111.2 and 112.2 inches respectively. And, as far as I can tell, the space isn’t being shifted to the passenger compartment.

2015 Nissan Murano (12 of 13)Murano (w/o moonroof)

Front headroom – 39.9 inches
Front legroom – 40.5 inches
Front hip room – 55.4 inches
Front shoulder room – 59.5 inches
Rear headroom – 39.8 inches
Rear legroom – 38.7 inches
Rear hip room – 55.2 inches
Front shoulder room – 58.8 inches


Front headroom – 40.2 inches
Front legroom – 40.5 inches
Front hip room – 55.9 inches
Front shoulder room – 60.3 inches
Rear headroom – 40.3 inches
Rear legroom – 40.6 inches
Rear hip room – 57.5 inches
Front shoulder room – 60.5 inches

(Bold is the greater measure.)

I’m flummoxed.

Regardless of the numbers, the Murano is incredibly comfortable up front and I didn’t once think I lacked space for my 6-foot-1-inch lanky frame. Nor did passengers ask for me to scootch the driver’s seat up to give them additional rear legroom. However, if you’re a sizable dink, you might want to opt for the Edge.

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When you do find your place of comfort in the driver seat, you’re greeted by a steering wheel that could be found in almost any other Nissan. The push-button start is easily found in the center dash instead of tucked somewhere being the steering wheel. Other controls are quite simple, with HVAC knobs and buttons located below the infotainment screen and shortcuts to navigation, radio and other infotainment features placed on either side. Nissan says it has decreased the number of buttons needed to operate their system and this amount seems like a happy medium.

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The instrument panel consists of two large dials separated by a very clear, 7-inch LCD screen with pages that are easily accessible through the steering wheel mounted controls. Unlike the Micra, the Murano is fitted with an actual fuel gauge and not just an LCD representation.

As I mentioned above, the front seats are incredibly comfortable, though they do have a look of cheapness. Maybe it’s the semi-gloss sheen. I just wish they looked as good as they felt. Same goes for the rear.

At least you will be safe, with a full suite of airbags that includes a driver’s knee airbag, just in case.

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The 3.5-liter VQ35DE V-6 sitting under the hood of the Murano has to be one of the oldest engines on sale today. Introduced in 2001, the VQ series engine has been constantly updated and comes in a number of tunes depending on its application. However, it doesn’t come with direct injection or some of the other goodies found in competing products.

That said, the VQ is still one of the best sounding engines money can buy — probably because it doesn’t come with direct injection or the other goodies. Even when paired with Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission, the VQ rumbles with its all-but familiar growl.

When Nissan started fitting its lower-end, four-cylinder cars with CVTs, I moaned a great moan. But this — with the V-6 and some torque to keep revs low — makes boatloads of sense and is exceptionally smooth without the typical whine experienced with smaller engines mated to similar transmissions. To top it all off, Nissan’s combination is 4 mpg easier on fuel on the combined cycle than the Edge, representing a $350 annual savings according to the EPA calculator.

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Nissan’s Around View has been on the market for quite some time, but this is the first time it’s been fitted to the Murano (incidentally, after it was fitted to the Versa Note). As one can expect, images from the camera are fairly distorted to give you a better field of vision, but there’s something else that bothers me about it. Image quality is, well, a bit subpar. Even though other systems obviously don’t give you a full 360-degree view of the vehicle on an 8-inch screen, the images offered on the Nissan system look pixelated to the point where you might actually miss something — though if that something is moving, the Moving Object Detection should pick it up. Meanwhile, the “Camera” button on the console lets you activate the system when parking nose first, which is great for someone like me who can’t place a vehicle square between two white lines.

Around View aside, the new NissanConnectSM system is enhanced over the last generation, though its ease of use has been hampered because of it. Thanks to a number of new connectivity features and other digitial knickknacks, the Nissan infotainment system is a bit more bloated. If you like fully featured infotainment, this is a great solution, but this might not be a selling point if you are like the vast majority of vehicle buyers who don’t use all the features provided by automakers.

What sets the Murano apart from the rest is how it drives. The 3.5-liter engine is as smooth as you can get. The CVT will do some “shifting,” but only so you can feel a little bit of torque transmitted into the seat now and then. Also, those seats are as good as they come.

However, these pieces aren’t the Murano’s killer app. Instead, its suspension tuning and decent tire sidewalls on our SL-trimmed tester that give the Murano a ride befitting its Infiniti luxury brand. Platinum models give you 20-inch wheels as standard, and I’m not sure that’s a good buy if ride quality is No. 1 on your car hunt.

In addition to the suspension, the Murano’s electric power steering also makes it light to handle. Who cares if it feels a bit disconnected? If you are looking for an engaging drive, you are shopping in the wrong segment by looking at the Murano. For a few thousand more, there are some interesting options from the Germans, though you might have to downsize.

Aaron Cole, Chris Tonn, and I all had a chat about the Murano styling. They quite like the Nissan … and they’d take it over the Ford Edge. I’d rather the Blue Oval, based on styling alone, inside and out. Yet, if the Edge didn’t drive as nice as the Murano (and I’m not sure if it does but an Edge is on the way) I’d probably have the Murano … the fuel economy bump for me is a nice to have.

If you’re a yuppie with some coin to spend, the Murano and Edge are like white and red wine: they’re both wine and they both get the job done of looking classy, but it’s all a matter of taste. The Murano, to most, will taste just fine.

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67 Comments on “2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD Review – Suave Ugly Duckling...”

  • avatar

    Murano – for the extrovert

    Edge – for the introvert

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    “Around back are some of the most confusing shapes and surfaces you’ll find on any crossover on sale today.”
    – So true especially compared to the previous version which was simple and pure.

    “That said, the VQ is still one of the best sounding engines money can buy”
    – Most people think it drones or is overly raspy and thus don’t like the sound at all. I’m OK with it, there is a bit of snarl in there and thus it tends to sound more aggressive then other V6s.

    • 0 avatar

      There’s enough sound deadening material in the Murano to not hear the drone. I know exactly what you mean, though.

    • 0 avatar

      I bought a 2014 Murano in part because I thought the new styling is a little too bold for my personal taste; I like a vehicle the flies under the radar. Throw in a huge model year price drop and I pulled the trigger on a SL FWD.

      That said, almost 1 year into ownership I am extremely happy with my Murano. My previous full size SUV had a 3rd row seat that was used 5 times in almost 10 years and had a towing capacity I virtually never needed. The size of the Murano is practical for those of us who never haul more than 4 people (it’s size is suited for DINKS, singles, or small families). The cargo space is great without being overkill.

      More importantly the Murano is fun to drive: it is fast, has great handling, is extremely comfortable, and the VQ with the CVT is very smooth and responsive. The extra power and upgraded suspension make it a lot more fun than a typical crossover. It really is a pleasure to get behind the wheel for a grocery run or an all day haul.

      Aside from the styling, if the 2015 is as enjoyable to own as my 2014 I would recommend a test drive to anybody.

      • 0 avatar

        I’ve had a 2011 Murano for 4 years (purchased new.) Crossovers weren’t even on my radar before getting upgraded to one by Enterpise and spending a few hundred miles driving around Utah in it. I love the size and comfort of the thing and it’s as quiet as my parent’s Lexus ES350 on the highway. My only complaint is the suspension which I feel isn’t as sorted as a car. But that’s understandable given the Altima platform it’s built on having to haul around all that extra weight. I’m a fan of crossovers as ‘boring’ daily driver type cars. My dad recently upgraded to a new Hyundai Genesis and, while it’s a great car with all of the safety features, I don’t think it’s as comfortable as my Murano on the highway. Nor is it as versatile in the cargo-carrying department.

    • 0 avatar

      I find it a bit too raspy for luxury application, even with plenty of sound deadening. It’s loud-ish at idle when it’s cold as well, which does not sound luxurious.

      • 0 avatar

        It’s raspy for near-luxury application as well. Whenever I hear one, I’m usually wondering “who is the a-hole with the poorly modified exhaust” rather than “wow, that is one of the best sounding engines money can buy.”

        • 0 avatar

          Murano sounds relatively quiet. I’m sure you know how real modified exhausts sound or even take 370Z it has stock a-hole exhaust that is really LOUD. I rarely see any Murano on streets as they are still few out there, but when I see one driving by they sound same as any other cheaper plastic vehicles like CR-V/RAV4/Outback/Edge etc. Maybe under harsh acceleration Murano growls a bit, but it has same V6 as they put in some 350Z GT-S and Infiniti QX60 etc. So unlike some a-hle exhaust modified on 4-banger engines – this one has some bragging rights to do that. IMHO.

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    I think it’s beautiful. Pity these same lines don’t translate on the Maxima at all.

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    The photos look like they have some type of filter applied, like HDR. I think it makes photos look unrealistic.

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    This is the first time I’ve seen this car. I feel like I’m being visually assaulted. Its not downright awful like a Lexus it also just too busy with too many lines and angles that hit each other.

    The 3rd window treatment where they use the dark paint that I assume inadvertently makes that bump on the bottom that goes nowhere. If the paint went all around it would look more normal.

    The flame surfacing too is wacky. Its like the carnival hall of mirrors how reflects the light.

    This car clearly needs a vellum venom. Except for the interior… it seems nissan recycles all theirs.

    Also what niche does it serve? Buy a Pathfinder instead so you dont have to look at it.

    I assume most markets are like mine… Nissan has over half a dozen CUV/SUVs so you’re not wanting for choice. Except in transmissions I guess…

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    U G L Y

    It’s amazing how ugly these cars are. I thought lessons would have been learned after the pathetic designs of Acura.

    • 0 avatar

      I think Acura’s styling has moved from “ugly” to “confusing”. Still, they’re two separate companies, so lessons “learned” by Acura wouldn’t necessarily translate to Nissan and Infiniti. Nissan’s designs have always been controversial (remember, the original Murano was not quite like anything else when it debuted, either); they have also tended to sell very well, and not just on price merits.

    • 0 avatar

      Oh come on now, nothing is as ugly as Acura or Lexus these days. God bless them Nissan is trying but they have some ways to go to get that ugly.

  • avatar
    GS 455

    “the aging VQ35DE V6” What’s wrong with tried and true engine technology? A short time ago TTAC had an article about how auto journalists love to promote the latest greatest not yet ready for prime time engines and buyers then become the beta testers. I know, without a new engine there’s less for a journalist to write about so they have to make a point about how a new model has to make do with the previous version’s engine.

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      You didn’t read it through. He actually goes on to praise the VQ series, and even its pairing with the CVT in the Murano. However, I could do without the insinuation that these crossovers are for people who value appearance more than substance, and that this is car is only “good” because an enthusiast journalist happened to say so.

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        “They want a vehicle that’s visually loud so they can be unique just like everyone else.”

        as much as I like Mark’s writing, this is nor really good.
        Of all the SUVs…the Edge is really the most non in your face out there.

        And as I read on…I keep thinking am I, at age 62, one of these dinks and young punks he is referring to???? I love these slightly larger Mid-crossovers.

        IMO…the thing that disappoint me the most about the newest Edge is its MPG. The only one keeping up with this Murano is the 2.0…which I am hearing is pretty poor under stress and up hills.

        • 0 avatar

          You understand this is a line dedicated to all those special snowflakes out there, right?

          Also, I fall into the dink category, but being an upwardly mobile young professional is limited by being an automotive journalist.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m right there with you. I wish GM still make the outdated 3800 as opposed to any V6 they have out now. Why not just keep improving a proven design?

      • 0 avatar

        If I’m not mistaken that v6 was around 30 years old when it was retired . In some form or other was used by GM, then AMC, and GM again. I think they got their money’s worth.

        • 0 avatar

          Is it possible that the GM 3800 was dropped because the block is relatively wide, being a 90-degrees design?

          I may be wrong, but I guess I always assumed that packagIng played some role in the decision, along with emissions, fuel economy, and a desire to have engine technology that was on par with perceived competitors.

        • 0 avatar

          The Buick 90 degree six traces it’s lineage back to 1962.

    • 0 avatar

      You need to drive one of these engines, rough, loud, no power in the low end, and always seems to be on the edge of throwing a rod through the block. Have you ever driven a car with a really good V6 engine? It does not have to be this way. With so many years behind this engine you would think it would be sorted out but no, bad, bad, bad.

      • 0 avatar

        The only way if your 3800 works like that, you’re still driving one from 30+ years ago.

        In the 90’s, GM added balance shafts and the addition of EFI cured the drivability, emissions and fuel economy issues. They were much refined after that period of time and a great motor.

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    ahh, look at that nice round volume dial. Push for power!

    Folks who buy from Honda need to move up to their “luxury” brand, to get expensive details such as this.

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    Well I guess I am one of the few that actually like the shape alot. According to Alex, The Ford Handles better but the Nissan rides better.I have always liked Murano’s however I also liked the last Saab 95.

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      It’s typical of GM to make a thing go right just as it’s too late. The last 9-5 shared its Super Epsilon platform with the LaCrosse, and later the XTS and Impala used it. It also got the current Global A electronics architecture, which really allowed Saab to express itself in quirky, delightful ways…such as the digital speedometer readout, which was styled to look like an aircraft elevation meter. It was an awesome car, IMO.

      I also liked the 9-4X, which was Saab’s counterpart to the 2010 and later SRX, and which likely would have competed with the new Murano on some level if it had been kept around. I believe that fewer than 400 were made, so it’s a very rare car.

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    I am *so* going to get voted off of the island for this, but I actually don’t think the new Maxima and Murano are ugly. I do think they’re too daring for me, but I like them.

    Also, I see the Murano and Edge (as well as the Sorento and Santa Fe Sport) used a lot as comfortable two-row family vehicles. Compact crossovers have gotten bigger, but they can still be somewhat narrow and short on legroom. These cars (except the Sorento) make no pretension of being able to accommodate three rows, but they make the two-rows they *do* have feel very accommodating. The Murano is great for four or five people in the same way that a mid-sized sedan is, but it sits higher off of the ground and offers quite a bit of cargo room. In fact, a Murano SL was our family of four’s primary mode of transport for a good portion of my childhood.

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    Ooogooly! I’d have to have at least 6 drinks before thinking it was good enough looking to even consider buying, regardless of anything else.

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    Trying so hard to sneak tail fins back in.

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    Interesting. No comments as yet to the positive review of the VQ CVT combo from the knee-jerk anti Nissan, CVT crowd here.
    I’ve always maintained the smoothness of the power delivery of a 6 mated to a CVT is something to behold. One does get accustomed to it and it makes a conventional transmission feel kind of primitive.

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    SCE to AUX

    Mark – Behold, your Charger could be a Murano!

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    If those funhouse mirror sides make prospective buyers look skinnier they’re actually kind of brilliant.

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    Contrived – that’s how I see the styling. Merely contrived.

    Sure the CVT is smooth. But unlike the far more robust Subaru with German guts that doesn’t seem to go wrong, this Jatco CVT rubbish is already causing grief for owners of new 2013/14 Pathfinders and the hearse-like QX60 (JX35). As a google search and CR will show, not to mention the lawsuit. Even the long term 2013 Pathfinder Car and Driver had CVT troubles and like this Murano is an overly heavy, more than 4500 lb lump of lard.

    Now, that’s the truth about cars. Nissans seem to handily be the least reliable Japanese-branded vehicles. The claim is made that, for the umpteenth time, Nissan has fixed the transmission for 2015. Who knows? Are you willing to be a guinea pig? Thousands are! Join the crowd.

    Here’s the hopeful owners:

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    Unless you are in love with the Murano’s styling, I’d recommend the RDX.

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    It’s kind of funny. Maxima vs Q40/Q50, the Infinitis make more sense. Murano vs FX… Murano makes more sense. Hopefully they give the EX “bionic cheetah” styling and the twin turbo V6 they are going to stuff in the Q50/Q60.

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    If these CVT transmissions are so good why is it that when you move up to a brands luxury division you get a cog swapper more often than not. Apparently a decent reliable trans is becoming a luxury these days, especially with regards to higher power engines coupled to heavy vehicles.

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    My mom has a late model Murano. And Mark’s comments about the seats are spot on. Nissan has seats nailed, and I’m almost at the point of shopping for a Nissan for the seats alone.

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    It’s not that bad looking on the outside but the interior looks relatively roomy.

    The front grill, though, looks almost like a smiley face with buckteeth showing. I like the reflective paint and wished it was on my 2014 Altima SL.

    The badly designed C-pillar/3d window will create a blind spot.

    The instrument panel was updated. Nissan engineers should’ve thought of that back in 2013 when the newer Altima came out.

    The CVT isn’t that bad, at least in my Altima. You get used to not having much power when starting from a dead stop to accelerating but the power is decent enough when you step on the gas to move or to pass. You also get used to the droning/loud noise upon startup and acceleration.

    The backup camera’s image is distorted.
    Why did Nissan even use that cheap ash camera equipment if it shows distorted image?! >:(

    Though Nissan cars are OK, the way it design cars and such are reasons why it’s behind Toyota/Honda.

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    Even though these are supposed to be “unique”, I still see them in white and gray much like Nissan Jukes.

    Good luck being “unique” when your generic over-styled soft-road space compromised CUV is the same color as all the others.

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    An eyesore. And yet another ridiculously large console.

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    While people with taste were not looking, the Pontiac Aztek won. This is what happens when eight year olds with a Transformers obsession grow up, get access to CAD systems, and get all their ideas of visual art from manga comic books.

    Oh, and no one seems to have mentioned that it will be basically impossible to see out to the rear or sides.

    What a steaming pile of excrement.

    The other day I saw a mid-90s Jeep Cherokee in a parking lot. How refreshing. Windows you could see out of. Normal automobile lines. rationally sized wheels and tires. When they were new, everyone thought the styling was kind of between not-there and functional. In today’s world the mid-90s Jeep Cherokee is a fabulously gorgeous car.

    I predict that automotive desing in the mid-2010s will in the future be regarded like that of the late 50s: “What the h*** were they THINKING????”

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    We just leased the twin of this vehicle (different color, has the Tech package). After 1,700 miles:

    -The transmission occasionally shudders. It has only happened twice so far, so we haven’t gone to the dealer yet.

    -Visibility is a real problem. The issue is the front corners, not the back. (The cameras are low-res but functional). The A-pillars are huge, which blocks views at tight urban intersections. We didn’t notice this during our test drive in suburbia…. if we had, we probably would’ve chosen a different vehicle.

    -Otherwise we love it. Supremely comfortable & quiet, and much more responsive than you’d expect given the low power and high weight. The bottom seat cushions are too short, but otherwise this is the best road-trip car I’ve ever driven.

    -We also tested the Edge, which had a comparatively low-rent interior, and there no models in stock with adaptive cruise. The Edge was more fun to drive and had somewhat better visibility, but the ride was too harsh for the potholed roads we usually drive.

    The transmission shudder makes me glad we leased this car. Buyer beware… lease-er doesn’t care!

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    Mark Nissan Murano actually has 39.6 cubic ft. (or 1121 L) of cargo space with 2nd row seats up. It’s actually best in class. Ford Edge has 39.3 (or 1111 L). This info is officialy available via manufacturers websites and numerous brochures.
    I also believe rear seat dimensions are wrong, I have compared personally new 2015 Murano and new Edge and I felt more space in Murano rear seats.

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      I am just double checking… the Nissan USA media site has the cargo capacity listed as 32.1 cu. ft. without the sunroof and 31.1 with the sunroof. It uses these same dimensions on the consumer site as well.

      Are you in Canada or the U.S.?

      • 0 avatar

        Hi Mark, I’m in Canada, but I think it’s same car no matter market. In Canadian website it says 39.6 cu.ft. I think there is a mistake in US website. I checked in brochure as well. It’s just Nissan stressed in their presentation that Murano has best in class cargo volume with rear seats up.
        As for rear seat dimensions your numbers are right.

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    Equip this Murano to the specification as tested, and you’re past QX50AWD Journey money. So just get that one. Interior dimensions are very close, and you don’t have to have a CVT. Oh AND you get the 3.7 as standard.

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      I don’t think they are comparable to be honest. While we were at the dealer we checked Infiniti too, as they were in same showroom. Rear seat space is much smaller – to the point where we coudn’t install our rear-facing infant carseat. In Murano same carseat installed even with some space left.
      Next thing is trunk space – not even close. Subjectively Murano’s trunk is huge, while QX50’s trunk is almost twice as small! In addition you save fuel in Murano and it looks better than outdated QX50.
      If you want to really compare – you should pick QX60 – they are more comparable in terms of space. Still I would prefer Murano for better fuel economy and smoother ride with CVT. If Nissan will put CVT later on to QX60 and improve fuel economy and ride smoothness – then we may consider it. BTW, price difference will be huge at the point when you pick QX60. At that point for that price I would rather go with other cars (other brand even).

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        I guess fair point in the rear space. But since apparently according to this review it’s for people with no children…

        I’ve always felt the Murano to be overpriced, in any generation. I priced out an S model in 2012 I had as a rental and couldn’t believe what they were asking for such a crap interior. This new one looks to have a crap interior as well.

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          The street price of the S was around $4500 off MSRP when I bought my 2011. I believe similarly equipped Altima V6’s cost more than that at the time. If you waited for year-end sales you could get $6500-7k off MSRP in my market.

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      It’s similar with the Edge Sport. The new MKX is a marginal price upgrade over the top trim Edges. With the 2.7TT and AWD, the difference is only a couple grand if you aren’t loading up tech items.

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      Got a base Q50 as a rental car for two weeks. Fun car. I had the hydraulic steering so it was very nice. The 3.7 was nicely matched to the autobox and with RWD I felt the best of old school Buicks.

      Best US rental Ever !

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    Daniel J

    I don’t get it. The 2015 Nissan Rogue IMHO is one of or even the best looking CUV. The Murano is got to be one of the ugliest.

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    I could care less about the Murano.

    If there is a badly driven car driving cluelessly, or going 20-40 on a reasonable 35-60 road, it is usually a Rogue.

    If it isn’t a Rogue, it is a Murano.

    I’ve actually seen two of the convertibles in my area, so a unicorn with rainbow horn is probably next.

    BHPH fodder.


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      Ah the Nissan Murano Cross-Cabrio, a car so bad even Nissan’s engineers admitted it was an answer to a question that no one asked. Mr. Niedermeyer had the rare joy to review one of these pigs way back in 2011 but my favorite was this story on TTAC:

      Dementia-Stricken Man Buys Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, Sale Voided After Complaints From Wife

      Can’t buy that kind of advertising.

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