Nissan Murano: Meet the Floating Roof

Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano is a mid-sized SUV that is marketed somewhere between the Xterra and the Pathfinder. However, note that it is oddly enough more expensive than the Pathfinder. It was also the first crossover that Nissan entered into the American and Canadian market. The Murano wasn’t available as a crossover strictly, as it had a convertible counterpart known as the CrossCabriolet, which was launched back in the 2010 Los Angeles International Auto Show. This variant lasted until production from 2011-2014. Simply, as I suspect I am not the only one who thinks convertible SUVs aren’t a good.

What’s in a Name?

Nissan’s SUV was named after the Murano in Italy. Murano is famed for the sculptured glass that it manufactures. This glass was the inspiration behind the first Murano’s design.

The History

The Murano made its debut in the 2002 New York International Auto Show as a 2003 model. Design of the first Murano was based at Nissan America in La Jolla, California. Its production run started in mid-May 2002, and lasted until 2007.

Current Model

Currently, the Murano has reached its third generation, which was unveiled in the 2014 New York Auto Show. This Murano was inspired by the Resonance Concept, which debuted at the Detroit Auto Show of 2013.

The Variants

Available as either a front-wheel or an all-wheel drive the Murano comes in these trims:

  • S
  • SV
  • SL
  • Platinum

Nissan Murano

The Powertrain

Powering the Murano is either a V6 diesel or petrol. The 3.5L V6 petrol produces 260 hp, and has more power compared to its diesel counterpart. As for the 2.5L V6 turbo diesel it produces 187 bhp and an improved torque of 450 Nm. This engine is the more efficient of the two and its economy is rated at 35.3 mpg, which is a 10 mpg improvement on the petrol. For transmission you’ll have to contend with a CVT for the petrol, while you get a 6-speed auto on the diesel.

Interior

Nicely done, and most importantly quiet. The interior is stitched well together with exquisite leather upholstery and fine finishes. Some of the amenities you can expect to get from the Murano’s cabin are iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, 7” touchscreen and two parking cameras.

Exterior

With the new Murano, you really have to appreciate the exterior design. The car looks magnificent with the “V-Motioned” nose and the trademarked boomerang-shaped headlights. Also, the floating roof looks really chic. When it comes to looks the Murano is up there with the top of its class.

Our Verdict

The main quarrel with the Nissan Murano stemmed from its blind faith of its thirsty 3.5L V6, which was coupled in with a clunky CVT. Though the new diesel does go all out to make this mid-sized SUV machine more efficient it still doesn’t make the Murano’s drive any less numb. Competing with sporty counterparts like the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3, the Murano is a step down. The Murano is quite pricy, though to be fair to Nissan you get a lot of car for the money. Not a class leader, but a generation better and well-worth your interest.

A Nissan Murano’s pricing starts from $ 29,660.

Is the Murano priced fairly or is it a little too expensive? Have your say, leave a comment.

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