- Completely redesigned for 2015
- New styling is modern and unique
- Seats up to five passengers
Nissan has completely redesigned its Murano midsize crossover for 2015, giving it brand new styling inside and out that stands out in the crowd.
The Murano’s styling is based on the Resonance concept car that Nissan debuted in 2013. We take most concepts with large grain of salt, thinking many of the features we see on them (aka the cool stuff) will never make it to production. But surprisingly, the Murano keeps many of the features and curves seen on the Resonance which make it one of the most uniquely styled vehicles being sold today. Large, curved front fenders sit behind “boomerang” style headlight clusters with LED daytime running lights. A blacked out portion at the rear of the Murano gives the roof a floating appearance, as if it’s levitating above the rear part of the vehicle. Chrome trim pieces extend from below the side doors to the front of the Murano, angling up sharply to almost meet the grille. The Murano’s new look pays fuel economy benefits as well – the new design is 16-percent more aerodynamic.
Under the hood, power comes from a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 that carries over from the previous version. It is mated to a CVT and standard front-wheel drive (an all-wheel drive system is optional). Thanks to the aforementioned improvements to aerodynamics and some weight loss, fuel economy numbers have jumped up to 21/28 mpg city/highway, a 17-percent increase over the previous model.
Inside the Murano also features new styling, including a V-shaped center console that matches the V seen in the front grille on the outside. The dashboard has been lowered which improves visibility, a welcome change for drivers. There are also new “Zero-Gravity” seats for both front and rear passengers, a design that debuted in the Altima sedan. Standard features include dual zone automatic climate control, USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, push button start, a seven-inch display in the instrument panel, and NissanConnect with Mobile Apps which integrates with your smartphone. Also available are a navigation system with an eight-inch screen, heated/ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, and a Bose audio system.
The Murano offers a rearview camera standard for safer maneuvering in tight spaces. Also standard are seven airbags, electronic stability control, and antilock brakes. Nissan also offers their Around View monitor system, which displays a top down view of the Murano which helps with parking. There is also new safety technology as well, four cameras and three radar systems team up to power features like blind spot warning, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and rear cross-traffic alerts.