Murano's exterior has a more pronounced front V-motion grille,
redesigned LED headlights and taillights, new LED fog lights,
new 18-inch and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheel designs and three
fresh new exterior colors Ė Sunset Drift Chromaflair, Mocha
Almond Pearl and Deep Blue Pearl.
five-passenger midsize Murano crossover returns for 2019 with a
ďfreshenedĒ exterior design and some new premium interior
features, along with additional safety and driver-assistance
include a new, bolder V-motion grille; restyled LED headlights (now
standard) and LED taillights; and new 18- and 20-inch wheel designs.
But the changes are not dramatic, so itís still clearly
identifiable as a Murano ó continuing the unique edgy styling that
has always set this vehicle apart from its competitors.
The 2019 Murano comes
in four trim levels, starting with the base front-wheel-drive S
($31,270 plus $1,045 freight), followed by the front-drive SV
($34,440), our tester for this report; SL ($39,230); and Platinum
($43,530). All-wheel drive can be added to any trim level for an
New exterior colors
for 2019 are Sunset Drift Chromaflair, Mocha Almond Pearl and Deep
modelís premium interior comes with new semi-aniline leather with
diamond-quilted inserts and contrasting micro-piping trim for the
seats, door armrests and center console lid.
New interior trim
schemes include Dark Wood-Tone (Platinum), Light Wood-Tone (SV, SL)
and Metallic (S, SV, SL).
Included on all
models are the new Rear Door Alert and the Intelligent Driver
Alertness system, which monitors the driver for signs of drowsiness
Optional are the new
Intelligent Around View Monitor and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio
system, both of which come in the SV Premium Package ($3,500), which
was included on our tester. We also had 20-inch aluminum-alloy
wheels. Optional are new 20-inch satin-black alloy wheels ($1,730).
The SV Premium
Package also included a power panoramic moon roof, intelligent
cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, LED fog lights and
heated front seats.
All models come with
Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats, NissanConnect with Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto, an eight-inch color touch screen.
SL and Platinum
models add NissanConnect with Navigation, which now features
door-to-door navigation with 3-D building graphics and satellite
images, online POI search and traffic information.
Available is Nissan
Safety Shield 360, which includes driver assistance, crash avoidance
and pedestrian detection systems. Itís part of the Nissan
Intelligent Mobility technology. Other features include Automatic
Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Warning,
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, High Beam Assist
and Rear Automatic Braking. These are standard on the Platinum
model, and can be added to the SL with the Technology Package
Among new standard
safety features are second-row side air bags and a front passenger
knee air bag. Also available are Intelligent Lane Intervention and
Traffic Sign Recognition.
As before, the Murano
seats up to five people. There is 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space
behind the rear seat (31.1 with the panoramic moon roof), or 67
cubic feet (65 with the moon roof) with the rear seatback folded
All models continue
to be powered by a normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 260
horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque. Itís connected to a
continuously variable automatic transmission.
EPA ratings are 20
mpg city/28 highway/23 combined (front- or all-wheel drive).
Muranoís heavily sculptured look brought lots of creases and
folds, eliminating the smoother lines of the previous model. One of
the coolest features is the panoramic moon roof, which gives the
Murano a convertible feel.
was designed to give occupants the feel of an upscale social lounge,
Nissan says. To help with that, our SV model came with comfortable
brown leather seats, with buckets up front and a three-person bench
in the rear.
Our rear seat had a
pull-down center armrest that also had dual cupholders, and, at the
front, a gadget cubby for smartphones and such. At the rear of the
front console, in easy reach of the rear passengers, there was a USB
port, along with dual vents for heating and air conditioning.
There also are map
pockets in the backs of the two front seats, and door pockets all
four doors with a small bottle holder in each.
zero-gravity seats for the driver/front passenger and rear outboard
passengers help keep occupants comfortable on long drives, just as
they were designed to do for astronauts on long space flights. The
rear seats have a three-cushion design, a first for a Nissan
Knee room is a bit
limited in the rear seat, though, especially when the front seats
are set to accommodate larger people.
Our SV came with a
navigation system combined with the Bose audio system (including two
subwoofers), and AM/FM/HD/satellite radio. NissanConnect with Mobile
Apps was standard, along with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio
streaming. The nav system can be operated by voice commands.
We had heated front
seats with eight-way power adjustment on the driverís side, and
four-way on the passengerís side. The steering wheel and shifter
were leather-wrapped. Remote entry with pushbutton start was
included, along with dual-zone automatic climate control, a
seven-inch in-dash DriveAssist display above the steering column,
and a driverís side memory system for outside mirrors and seat
Three 12-volt outlets
are provided along with the two USB ports, which can be used for
charging of smartphones and tablets.
Outside, our Arctic
Blue Metallic-painted Murano had fog lights, silver-painted roof
rails, a power tailgate, heated outside mirrors, and rear tinted
There was more than
ample power from the V-6 engine, and the standard traction control
helped keep the car going smoothly.
for 2004, the Muranoís name was taken from a style of fine Italian
glass. It fits into the Nissan crossover lineup between the compact
Rogue and the larger, seven-passenger Pathfinder. Rogue and
Pathfinder are assembled in Tennessee, while the Murano is a product
of Nissanís Mississippi plant.
Underneath, the new
Murano has a four-wheel independent suspension with a front
strut/rear multi-link arrangement. It comes with four-wheel antilock
disc brakes and electronic stability control. Also standard are
front the new rear seat-mounted side air bags, roof-mounted
side-curtain air bags for both rows, and two front knee air bags.
Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection gives the driver a
birdís-eye view of the car from above. The system has cameras on
each side and on the front and rear, which combine to feed images to
the dash screen.
Besides the Premium
Package, our front-drive SV tester came with carpeted floor mats
($245). Total sticker price was $39,230, including freight and
2019 Nissan Murano
Five-door, five-passenger, front- or all-wheel-drive, V-6, midsize
crossover utility vehicle.
Nissanís midsize crossover moved into its third generation for
2015, with new, bolder styling, a refined interior and more
available technology. Styling updates have been included on the 2019
model, along with new technology and interior appointments.
Negatives: Rear seat
has limited knee and legroom.
V-6, normally aspirated.
Continuously variable automatic.
Length: 192.8 inches.
Curb weight range:
Side air bags: Front
and rear seat-mounted; side-curtain for both rows.
Cargo volume: 32.1
cubic feet (behind 2nd seat, 31.1 with panoramic moon roof); 67
cubic feet (rear seat folded; 65 with moon roof).
19.0 gallons/unleaded regular.
EPA fuel economy: 20
mpg city/28 highway/23 combined for all configurations.
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Edge, Kia Sorrento, Hyundai Santa Fe.
Base price range:
$31,270-$43,530, plus $1,045 freight (add $1,600 for all-wheel
Price as tested:
$39,230, including freight and options (SV front-wheel-drive with
On the Road rating:
8.7 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are
manufacturerís suggested retail; actual selling price may vary.