2016 Nissan Murano Overview
Pros & Cons
- Upscale interior
- Very comfortable seats
- User-friendly tech features
- Good fuel economy for a V6 SUV
- Excellent safety ratings
- Limited rearward visibility
- Some alternatives are more athletic
Notable for 2016
- No major changes
Nissan Murano Rankings and Research
The 2016 Nissan Murano ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Murano has a score of 8.7 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 23 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2016 Nissan Murano Review
With a premium cabin, exceptionally accommodating seats, and a serene ride, the 2016 Nissan Murano is an excellent choice for cruising in luxury and style. While it’s not very athletic, the Murano has plenty of power for most situations, and it can handle winding roads with composure. Plus, it returns good gas mileage for a V6-powered midsize SUV.
We named the 2016 Murano the Best 2-Row SUV for the Money thanks to its combination of quality and low long-term ownership costs. It was also the 2016 winner of our Best 2-Row SUV for Families award due to its family-friendly features and space, strong safety and reliability scores, and excellent reviews from the automotive press.
Adults, even those on the taller side, have plenty of space to get situated in both rows of the Murano. Up front and in the rear, Nissan uses “Zero Gravity” seats. Despite their space-age name, these are seats that provide Earth-based comfort that test drivers say is unrivalled in the auto industry.
Occupants can also enjoy a quiet cabin environment thanks to the Murano’s excellent sound insulation. Visibility to the front and sides is good, but thick rear pillars create big blind spots that will make you wish blind spot monitoring were standard.
Upmarket Build Quality
The Murano’s interior materials look and feel more premium than what’s expected for the class. You may even mistake the Murano’s cabin for an Infiniti. Soft-touch surfaces and high-quality leather and woodgrain in its upper trims give Nissan’s midsize SUV a luxury-grade appearance.
Dashboard controls are laid out in a simple manner, and easy-to-use physical buttons and knobs control basic functions like audio volume and radio tuning. The available 8-inch touch screen has crisp graphics, and it’s simple to operate and responsive to user inputs.
Adequate Cargo Space
Behind the first row of seats, the Murano can fit 69.9 cubic feet of cargo, which is pretty good for a 2-row SUV. Some midsize SUVs with three rows have more space, though. The Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Toyota Highlander, for example, have 80 cubic feet or more of maximum storage space.
The Murano does have a few features that help with usability, such has a handy lever in the cargo area that makes the rear seatbacks spring forward and fold flat. A simple press of a button returns the seats to their upright position. As with most competitors, the Murano is available with a power liftgate.
Options, Trims, and Prices
Standard features on the base Murano S (around $29,600) include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display.
The SV (starting at about $32,700) adds standard power-adjustable front seats, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, and a rear-seat USB port. A panoramic moonroof and an 11-speaker Bose audio system are optional.
With the Murano SL (beginning at about $37,000), you’ll get leather upholstery, heated front seats, remote start, a power liftgate, a 360-degree parking camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring.
The top-of-the-line Murano Platinum (about $39,100) adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, power rear seatbacks, and a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
Driver assistance technologies like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are available with the SL and Platinum models.
Murano Safety and Reliability
The Murano’s safety score is among the best in the class. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash tests, the Murano earned the best rating (Good) in all five categories. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s tests, the Murano received a perfect five-star rating in side crash protection and four stars in rollover protection.
A rearview camera comes standard with the Murano. Driver assistance technologies like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, driver drowsiness monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking are available. IIHS gives the Murano’s forward collision alert and automatic braking systems its highest front-crash prevention rating (Superior).
Most rivals can be equipped with similar technology, but only the Kia Sorento matches the Murano’s excellent crash test scores. A fully-loaded Murano is about $2,500 cheaper than a top-of-the-line Sorento.
Comfortable and Refined Ride
If a smooth ride is a top priority, the Murano belongs on your shopping list. It nicely isolates occupants from the impacts of a rough roadway when equipped with its standard 18-inch wheels. If you upgrade to the available 20-inch wheels, however, things get a little choppier on poorly maintained roads.
Composed but Not Sporty
The Murano has stable handling and strong brakes, but some alternatives like the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe offer sharper steering and more agility on winding roads. The optional 20-inch wheels make the Murano a little more responsive through turns, but ride quality will suffer. The Murano comes standard with front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive is available.
A 260-horsepower V6 is the only engine available with the Murano. It has enough punch to move the SUV without fuss, but it never feels particularly strong. A continuously variable transmission, which operates like an automatic, works well with the engine and helps produce smooth acceleration.
Good Gas Mileage
The 2016 Nissan Murano returns 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is better than most V6-powered competitors. If fuel economy is a top priority, the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, Ford Edge turbo, and Jeep Grand Cherokee turbodiesel return some of the best estimates in the class. The Toyota and Jeep do have significantly higher starting prices, however, so you’ll need to figure out how much your fuel savings will be and decide if they are worth the extra money. The Ford has about the same starting price as the Murano.
Other SUVs to Consider
If you think you’ll need a little more space than the Murano offers, the redesigned Honda Pilot is a great choice. It has three adult-friendly rows of seats, which is unusual for the class, and its 83.9 cubic feet of maximum cargo space is among the highest for a midsize SUV. Compared with the Murano, you won’t sacrifice much in cabin quality if you go with the Pilot, as it boasts upscale materials befitting a more expensive SUV. On the road, the Pilot gets ample power from its standard 280-horsepower V6 engine, and it rides smoothly and quietly.
Those looking for a more engaging drive should consider the Ford Edge. On curvy roads, the Edge handles more like a car than an SUV, and its ride is smooth. If you opt for the Edge Sport, you’ll get even more athletic cornering and a potent twin-turbocharged V6 engine with 315 horsepower. Inside, the Edge has high-quality materials, its seating is spacious and comfortable in both rows, and its new SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly. Plus, the Edge has 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space, which is a little more than the Murano.
Details: 2016 Nissan Murano
The 2016 Nissan Murano is a five-seat midsize SUV. It's available in four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. Every trim comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. The Murano was fully redesigned for the 2015 model year and sees no major changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 and 2016 model years.
Standard features in the 2016 Murano include a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen.
Available features include power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a panoramic moonroof, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic pre-collision braking, Nissan's Around View 360-degree camera system, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, and navigation.
- "The 2016 Nissan Murano is a pleasant and versatile five-passenger midsize crossover with ample room for all passengers. It is a smart choice if you want an upscale, V6-powered crossover without having to pay a premium for a luxury brand." -- Edmunds
- "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 (2015)
- "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 (2015)
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