We take a closer look at the Nissan Murano, which blurs the lines between crossover segments.
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Not every family SUV fits squarely in predefined categories. The Nissan Murano may have only two rows of seats and come from a mainstream brand, but its aspirations are much higher. It’s a little larger and more premium than other two-row crossovers, an in-betweener that’s tougher to classify.
The Murano is a great example of this small group, which includes models like the Ford Edge and the new GMC Acadia. It wears striking design cues and packs a wealth of equipment, plus it’s got much more interior room than some other small SUVs. The Murano also still packs a strong V6 engine where many rivals have switched to turbocharged four-cylinder power. Yet drivers also buy crossovers for practical purposes, and if the Murano can’t stack up to the segment zeitgeist in terms of cargo space and fuel efficiency, it might not be an automatic slam-dunk choice.
Above all, the Nissan Murano is a bold choice that gives buyers a lot of what they’d want from an entry-luxury SUV without breaking the bank, while also offering a roomy back seat that can comfortably seat adults. To see how the Murano stacks up in the competitive crossover world, take a look at our latest Why Buy?
|2016 NISSAN MURANO PLATINUM AWD|
|OUTPUT||260 Horsepower / 240 Pound-Feet|
|NRCAN FUEL ECONOMY||11.2 City / 8.3 Highway / 9.9 Combined L/100 km|
$44,070 USD (US model tested, Canadian equivalent is approx. $46,059)