Despite competing in the lucrative mid-size crossover segment, the Nissan Murano is a not a huge seller, partly because it is designed and priced to fit a narrow niche between the mainstream and luxury categories. The Murano is well into its third generation, which was introduced in 2015; Nissan debuted the Murano in 2003.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
There are no changes for 2022.
Nissan offers the Murano in S, SV, SL, Midnight Edition, and Platinum trim levels. All use a 3.5L V6 engine, a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and AWD.
The Murano S comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off LED headlights, LED taillights, heated side mirrors, and passive keyless entry. Inside, there’s an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, dual-zone automatic A/C, heated front seats, and a six-speaker stereo.
Murano S’s safety features include rear parking sensors, driver alertness monitor, blind spot warning, lane departure warning/lane intervention, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic alert, rear door alert, and forward and rear collision mitigation with automatic braking.
SV adds a panoramic sunroof, hands-free tailgate, navigation, surround-view cameras, adaptive cruise control, a power driver’s seat, leatherette upholstery, heated steering wheel, traffic sign recognition, and moving object detection.
SL’s additions include 20-inch wheels, LED fog lights, integrated home remote, an auto-dimming mirror, ambient cabin lighting, power front-passenger seat, heated rear seats, leather upholstery, 11-speaker audio, and front parking sensors.
Midnight Edition gains black wheels and other black exterior trim, and lighted kick plates.
Finally, Platinum models add NissanConnect services, power steering wheel adjustments, ventilated front seats, quilted leather upholstery, and dark wood interior trim.
Nissan’s fuel consumption estimates for the Murano are 12.0/8.5 L/100 km (city/highway).
Cross-shop the Murano against the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, Chevrolet Blazer, or Toyota Venza and you’ll find similar levels of style and substance. You can also line the Murano up against models with lower starting prices and/or more conventional styling, like the Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Subaru Outback, Honda Passport, and Mazda CX-9, some of which boast better value as you add optional features.