2013 Nissan Murano Review
Auto writers say the 2013 Nissan Murano has an upscale cabin, but its performance and handling aren't as good as rival SUVs'.
Test drivers say the Nissan Murano and convertible Murano CrossCabriolet are decent performers, with a standard V6 engine that has ample power for all situations. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that reviewers like. They say that the standard 2013 Murano also handles very well, with good comfort over rough roads and better handling than most SUVs exhibit. They note that the brakes are strong, although like most crossovers, critics say the steering isn't responsive to the driver. The Murano’s fuel economy, at 18/24 mpg city/highway, is about average for the class. Auto critics note that the CrossCabriolet handles very differently, with a suspension tuned too much for comfort that detracts from its handling.
The 2013 Nissan Murano has an upscale cabin that some test drivers say wouldn't be out of place in an Infiniti. They report that material quality is good and everything seems well-assembled. It comes with a decent array of standard features, including dual-zone climate control and a six-disc CD changer with an auxiliary input jack. The regular Nissan Murano seats five, while the CrossCabriolet seats four. The standard Murano’s cargo capacity is on par with its rivals, but the CrossCabriolet has very little use as a cargo hauler.
- "Though it's starting to feel a bit long in the tooth, Murano remains a likable SUV that offers a comfortable interior, versatile cargo utility, and a strong, refined powertrain. All models are pricey, but offer a generous level of standard features." -- Consumer Guide
- "If you're looking for a crossover SUV that has sports-car styling and room for people and cargo, the 2013 Nissan Murano is a tempting option." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The … Nissan Murano remains a comfortable five-seat crossover with a higher-quality interior than you'd expect from a non-luxury brand, but shoppers should watch that gas mileage." -- Cars.com
- "The Nissan Murano is a quiet, comfortable and refined midsize crossover with a curvaceous look that sets it apart from its rivals. While it returns only middling fuel economy, the rest of the Murano is strong enough to warrant a serious look from those seeking a solid five-passenger crossover." -- Left Lane News
Other SUVs to Consider
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is a good alternative to the Murano, as it boasts a nice interior, refined on-pavement ride and great off-road capability. It comes standard with a V6 that gets comparable fuel economy to the Murano. However, it is also available with a choice of two V8 engines that reviewers say give it both great acceleration and lousy fuel economy. The Grand Cherokee is also a good choice if you need a tow vehicle, as it can tow up to 7,400 pounds, which is nearly 3,000 pounds more than the Murano.
Another SUV to cross-shop against the Murano is the Ford Edge, which reviewers say has an upscale interior and a comfortable ride. Its biggest source of criticism is the optional MyFord Touch infotainment system, which reviewers say is difficult to use and not particularly fast. Like the Murano, the Edge is available with front- or all-wheel drive, but has a more diverse lineup of engine choices, including a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway, which is among the best fuel economy in the class.
Details: 2013 Nissan Murano
The 2013 Nissan Murano is available in four trims: S, SV, SL and LE. The convertible CrossCabriolet is available in one trim, and its equipment level is on par with the higher trims of the regular Murano. Both models come with a V6 engine and continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional, though the CrossCabriolet comes standard with AWD. The regular Murano seats up to five, while the CrossCabriolet seats four. Since the Murano hasn’t changed much since being remodeled in 2009, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2013 model years.