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MSRP: $29,560 - $40,600
Invoice: $27,758 - $38,107
MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
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Nissan Murano Review

The 2015 Nissan Murano ranks 1 out of 12 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Murano, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Test drivers think the completely redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano has an upscale interior and a smooth ride. It also gets very good fuel economy compared with its rivals.

With the best combination of positive reviews and long-term ownership costs in its class, the Nissan Murano is our 2015 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money. The Murano isn't just a great value, however. It's also our Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for Families because it has the best combination of interior space, available family-friendly features and safety and reliability ratings in its class.

Though reviewers say the V6-powered 2015 Nissan Murano feels powerful enough most of the time, they wouldn't call it particularly fast, especially during highway driving. Auto writers report that the Murano's automatic transmission (CVT) shifts seamlessly. According to the EPA, the 2015 Murano gets 21/28 mpg city/highway, which is very good for a six-cylinder midsize SUV. According to critics, the Nissan Murano rides comfortably and has poised handling, with little unwanted body motions through turns. Still, a few test drivers say its steering is a bit numb and comment that the 2015 Murano isn't quite as engaging to drive as the previous model.

According to automotive journalists, the redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano's soft-touch cabin materials look like they belong in an Infiniti luxury vehicle. Reviewers also note that the Murano has excellent build quality and a handsome design. Cargo space is ample for the class, and most critics report that the Murano's front and rear seats are comfortable and roomy. The 2015 Murano comes standard with a rearview camera, proximity key, dual-zone automatic climate control, a USB port and Bluetooth. Options include a nine-speaker Bose audio system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, Nissan's Around View 360-degree camera system and navigation with an 8-inch touch screen. Auto journalists like the touch screen's sharp graphics and comment that the navigation and audio systems are easy to operate.

  • "The 2015 Nissan Murano's rich interior and luxurious ride take what was already a nice crossover into new, premium territory. High fuel economy, a spacious interior, and relatively affordable pricing make it fully competitive with mainstream crossovers, but it also feels special enough to make us think twice about paying extra for a luxury badge." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Murano is the pinnacle of near-luxury SUVs. It is Nissan doing the thing they do well. The 2015 Murano is comfortable but not sporty, good looking and packed full of the kind of features you'd expect for a $35,000 to $40,000 car-based SUV. There are many such vehicles, but the 2015 Nissan Murano is easily the best of its kind." -- AutoTrader
  • "After several hours behind the wheel (and more than a few minutes spent analyzing its expressive exterior design), we're confident the new Murano will help maintain Nissan's momentum." -- Forbes
  • "Blending equal parts style and substance, the 2015 Murano proves it's worthy of Nissan's flagship utility designation. There are better options for families -- including Nissan's own Rogue and Pathfinder models -- but the Murano is an excellent alternative to other premium crossovers if you rank style and value above brand recognition." -- Left Lane News

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Other SUVs to Consider

Test drivers like the Toyota Highlander's quiet, composed ride and powerful available V6 engine. They also appreciate its first-rate cabin materials and the abundance of small-item storage spaces in the cabin.

With its available diesel engine, the Jeep Grand Cherokee gets great fuel economy for the class, and test drivers say the Grand Cherokee has ample power with any of its available engines. The Grand Cherokee has an attractive cabin and an infotainment system that is incredibly easy to use, reviewers say.

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Details: 2015 Nissan Murano

The 2015 Nissan Murano seats five and comes with standard front-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 and continuously variable transmission are standard. There are four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The Murano is fully redesigned for the 2015 model year.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/15

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