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MSRP: $28,530 - $41,995
Invoice: $26,585 - $39,108
MPG: 18 City / 24 Hwy
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Nissan Murano Interior

Reviewers say the 2014 Nissan Murano and Murano CrossCabriolet have stylish, well-designed interiors crafted with high-quality materials. Test drivers appreciate the soft leather upholstery and use of wood and real aluminum trim, saying these features give the cabin a premium feel.

  • "Like the regular Murano, the CrossCabriolet has an upscale cabin done up in rich-looking materials, including supple leather upholstery and handsome wood trim." -- Edmunds
  • "The cabin has an upscale look and feel thanks to high-quality materials that wouldn't be out of place in a vehicle from Nissan's Infiniti luxury division." -- Left Lane News
  • "Particularly in the higher trim levels, the Murano has a nicely appointed cabin. The SL we drove had rich leather and one of my favorite elements: real aluminum trim. Why many luxury automakers continue to use obviously fake stuff boggles the mind." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "The Murano's 5-passenger interior shines in both quality and design, especially in higher-trim models." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Seating

The Murano seats up to five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats and heated rear seats are optional. The CrossCabriolet seats four and comes standard with leather upholstery, heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. Reviewers say the Murano’s front seats are supportive, comfortable and offer a commanding view of the road. They also think that the back seats are supportive and offer plenty of legroom. One test driver notes that the leather upholstery feels high-quality and wouldn’t be out of place in an Infiniti. Test drivers say the Murano CrossCabriolet’s front seats are equally supportive and comfortable and offer plenty of leg- and headroom. They report that the CrossCabriolet’s back seats are spacious enough for adults and fairly easy to access.

  • "The Murano CrossCabriolet's passenger cabin is surprisingly roomy by convertible standards. Front seats are comfortable and supportive, with a good amount of headroom and legroom. Even the two rear seats are fine for adults. Getting back there is pretty easy (as long as the windows are lowered), though the doors are absolutely enormous, which makes tight parking lots a bit tricky." -- Edmunds
  • "The seats are comfortable and offer a good view, but they aren't too high to require extra effort getting in. They also move backward when the ignition is turned off, a function I love, making ingress and egress much easier." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "The front and rear seats are firm and supportive, and the leather used in SL and LE trims feels as if it could have come from Nissan's Infiniti premium brand." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The Murano's three-passenger backseat doesn't have the fore/aft adjustment we've come to appreciate in more recent crossover models, but those in the rear seats won't be hurting for legroom, despite a specification that's lower than those of a few key competitors." -- Cars.com (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Nissan Murano comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker stereo. Major options include a nine-speaker Bose stereo system, Bluetooth, a backup camera, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, a USB port, moving object detection, lane departure warning and blind spot warning.

Reviewers say the Murano's climate and audio controls are logically arranged and easy to use. They say the navigation and iPod system work well, and appreciate that the navigation system doesn't absorb and complicate stereo and climate adjustments. Some critics remark that the navigation screen can be hard to see in bright sunlight.

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  • "Though the center stack would seem busy to a new buyer, it's pretty easy to figure out once you play with it for a few minutes. It also has easily workable steering-wheel buttons, for when you have the center buttons down pat." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Shrouded, backlit gauges are easy to read in most lighting conditions, but the available navigation-system screen can wash out in bright sunlight. Most controls are easy to reach and use, but a few switches are mounted on a shelf under the center stack and in front of the console. The navigation system is easy to use, and most audio and climate functions are separate." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Dash controls are arranged well, except for the location of buttons for the available heated steering wheel and power liftgate." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The pleasing aesthetics are enhanced by high-quality materials as well as gauges and controls that substitute trendy trying-too-hard interior design for a much simpler user interface. Even the in-car technology like the navigation system and iPod integration operates quite intuitively." -- Edmunds (2013)

Cargo

The Murano offers 31.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 64.5 with the rear seats folded, which is comparable to the cargo space of other two-row SUVs. The Murano CrossCabriolet has 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space. Reviewers say the regular Murano offers decent cargo space, though one says that the Murano’s cargo hold would be more accommodating if the roofline didn't slope so much. Still, they appreciate that the rear seats fold almost completely flat and that the headrests don't have to be removed to do so. Test drivers say the CrossCabriolet's cargo capacity is comparable to other convertibles’, but note that regular SUVs offer much more space.

  • "The CrossCabriolet trades away a good bit of its practicality for the joys of al fresco motoring. With the top up, the trunk offers a passable 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space. That's not bad for a convertible, but it's considerably less capacity than a typical midsize crossover SUV offers." -- Edmunds
  • "The cargo hull is relatively spacious with over 31 cubic feet of storage capacity, an amount that more than doubles with the rear seats folded." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The cargo area is large enough, too." -- Cars.com (2013)
  • "Murano features a flat passage from the rear bumper into the cargo bay, though the rakish roofline cuts into cargo volume with rear seat backs up. But there is no need to remove headrests to drop the 60/40 split rear seat backs, which fold nearly flat via levers from the rear, and SL and LE have a standard power-return feature that is operated by a button near the hatch." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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