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2015 Nissan Murano

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/14/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano gains a bold new exterior design featuring a “floating” roof design, a new grille, LED lighting, active grille shutters, and an available power liftgate. The new Murano’s more upscale interior offers an infotainment system with a seven- or eight-inch touchscreen display, and the multi-camera Around View Monitor system. The new Murano is also around 140 pounds lighter than the crossover it replaces.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Nissan Murano is a five-passenger crossover available in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. All Muranos are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, that’s mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is competitive for the class with front- and all-wheel-drive models achieving 21/28 mpg city/highway, a big improvement over the previous-generation Murano.


The 2015 Nissan Murano has plenty of power, making it easy to pass and merge even at higher speeds. An improved CVT with the new D-Step function mimics a geared transmission, allowing it to operate smoothly and not hesitate. Handling is respectable for a crossover, remaining surefooted in curvy roads. The Murano rides relatively well despite its stiff suspension and doesn’t get upset easily.

Fit and finish is another strong point in the 2015 Murano, with plenty of high-quality materials throughout the cabin. Cargo space is generous, with up to 69.9 cubic feet of volume with the rear seats folded while room is generous for four adult passengers. There’s also a generous amount of tech and convenience features available including Nissan’s Around View Monitor, a new infotainment system with NissanConnect multimedia interface and an eight-inch touchscreen. Adding all the extra goodies, however, means that the Murano’s prices can rise beyond $40,000 in higher trim levels, not unlike the Ford Edge.

Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.

What We Think

Despite its engine being a carryover from the previous generation, the 2015 Nissan Murano is a great choice for those looking for a bold people hauler and aren't put off by the poor rear visibility. In a First Drive review, we said that the crossover’s interior is a strong point, offering plenty of sophistication, space, excellent build quality, and a user-friendly infotainment system. The Murano also drives relatively well for a crossover, with secure handling and plenty of power for everyday driving from the V-6. We said in a First Test review that the 2015 Murano “never feels underpowered” despite its aging engine while the CVT provides “smooth acceleration.”

You’ll Like

  • Bold exterior styling
  • Roomy, well-built interior
  • No MPG penalty with AWD

You Won’t Like

  • Poor rear visibility
  • Can get pricey relatively quickly

Key Competitors

  • Ford Edge
  • Subaru Outback
  • Toyota Venza
  • Honda Crosstour
  • Volkswagen Touareg


4 star


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