Since its debut in the early 2000s, the 2019 Nissan Murano has staked out a state between premium and nonpremium SUVs using its refined ride, standout styling, well-appointed interior, and feature-laden spec sheet. The existing Murano continues to be playing that value game: the beds base model comes standard with niceties such as for instance navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and automated emergency braking, and all trim levels wear an outside design that’s swoopy and upscale. A 3.5-liter V-6 drives leading or all four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and delivers enough gusto because of this near-luxury SUV. We don’t expect sports-car handling in this segment, but the Murano’s serene ride helps it be an ideal road-trip companion.
What’s New for 2019?
An outside styling refresh differentiates 2019 Muranos from last year’s model. Nissan also updated the navigation system, added Google Assistant integration and a rear door alert system, and made a suite of driver-assistance features optional on SL and standard on Platinum models. The package of features includes pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, automatic high-beam headlamps, and rear automated emergency braking.
Nissan Murano Pricing and Which Anyone to Buy
While the beds base S model comes well-equipped with in-dash navigation, smartphone connectivity, automated emergency braking, and a proximity key with push-button start, we’d spring for the one-step-up SV. It adds a number of nice-to-haves such as for instance blind-spot monitoring, power-adjustable front seats, fog lamps, remote start, and a leather-wrapped controls and shift knob. Beyond that, we’d also advocate for the Premium package to essentially kick the 2019 Murano’s luxury up a degree, since it adds a panoramic sunroof, an eleven-speaker Bose audio system, heated front seats, and adaptive cruise control.
Engine, Transmission, Performance, and Towing
Under the hood of Murano models is just a spunky 3.5-liter V-6 making 260 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive can be included with any trim, and both setups start using a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Our Murano test vehicle returned decent performance on our test track and delivered peppy performance around town. Bury your foot in the throttle—a fitness few Murano buyers is going to do frequently—and the CVT spikes the engine revs and holds them there, producing a loud, droning growl from under the hood. The Murano is in its element on long-distance highway jaunts, where the powertrain fades into the background and delivers a peaceful journey. The Murano supplies a low tow rating of 1500 pounds.
With a suspension tuned for comfort, the Murano makes easy work of road trips, and its suspension damps out even the roughest of potholes to supply a smooth ride. Encounter a twisty road and the Murano will safely deliver you to the next intersection, but it won’t entertain you over the way. The steering delivers good highway stability but is dull and uncommunicative on meandering two-lanes.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
In our real-world testing, the Murano fell in short supply of its highway fuel-economy estimate—27 mpg—but still managed to publish one of the finest outcomes of the rivals we sampled.
Interior, Infotainment, and Cargo
The Murano’s cabin is among the nicest, most well-equipped interiors in this comparison and outluxes most of the other Nissans sitting beside it in the showroom. Our Platinum test vehicle wore soft leather on the seats, door panels, and armrests, with a sweeping dashboard design divided by a band of dark teak-wood trim. The driver faces a big, reconfigurable color display flanked by two simple round analog gauges, and both front-seat occupants should easily find a cushty seating position in the heavily cushioned chairs. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat happens SV models and above. Rear-seat passengers are treated to a cushty, reclining bench seat with plentiful padding.
All Murano models feature an 8.0-inch color touchscreen display running Nissan’s NissanConnect infotainment system; navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM with Travel Link weather and traffic updates are also now standard over the range. The Murano has both USB-A and USB-C ports, including a set on the back of the center console so those in the rear seat can juice their smartphones.
Since the Murano’s cargo bay is unhealthy in proportions because of this segment, it comes as not surprising that behind its rear seat we managed to fit only nine of our carry-on suitcases while other rivals held more. However, using its rear seat stowed, the Murano out-hauled the the Jeep Grand Cherokee and we fit 26 cases in the cabin. Most of the interior-storage cubby bins are adequately sized except for the Murano’s glovebox, which can be huge.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Decent scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety provide the Murano a typical safety report card. Nissan offers automated emergency braking as standard across the product range, but more advanced driver-assistance features are either optional or restricted to the most truly effective two trims. Key safety features include:
Standard automated emergency braking
Available adaptive cruise control
Available automatic high-beam headlamps