Updated: Jul 6, 2021
First step the design because that’s what you see first in a vehicle, and in this case, with the Murano Platinum I had to admit that it’s one of the most attractive and well-designed SUVs of the Year. Totally on point especially with the Chrome trimming on the sides and the angle of the structure and platform. It has a beautiful yet athletic composition. Of course, looks aren’t everything, performance really matters. And in this case the Nissan Murano is as competitive as anything in its class. And let me remind you that this is one of the most competitive class segments in the entire industry, that being the SUV segment.
At a price around $43,830, the 3.5 liter V6 produces around 260 horsepower at 6,000 rpm making acceleration on the streets and highway. It’s smooth and easy to enjoy with impressive handling and interior comfort and a towing capacity of 1,500 lbs
There are several options to choose from, but the top Platinum trim I tested adds 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated and cooled front seats, NissanConnect Services, a power panoramic moonroof, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and power return rear seatbacks. Another treat Nissan offers is the Standard NissanConnect with navigation. You’ll appreciate the technology when you need it most. A Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless smartphone charger, and a frameless auto-dimming rearview mirror with Universal Remote are also available.
The SV Premium package adds a 360-degree exterior-camera system, a driver-attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, and 18-inch wheels. The upscale SL and Platinum trims receive a power-operated rear liftgate with kick-to-open access. The SL gains heated rear seats and steering wheel; a panoramic sunroof is now standard on the Platinum.
The 2018 Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 260 hp and 240 lb-ft and is backed by a CVT that routes power to the front wheels or to the optional all-wheel-drive system.
The 2018 Murano received the highest rating of Good for five crash tests the IIHS conducted and the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention because the crossover avoided a 12 mph frontal collision and reduced speed in a 25 mph collision by 11 mph thanks to the standard emergency automatic braking and forward collision warning systems. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard on the SV trim and the SL trim gets adaptive cruise control.
The Murano’s cargo space with the rear seats up measures in at 32.1 cubic feet, and 67.0 cubic feet with the seats down. The Murano’s front seats offer 40.5 inches of legroom and 38.7 inches for the rear seats.
The Murano‘s 8.0-inch touchscreen with NissanConnect Navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard on all trims. satellite radio, Bluetooth, and two USB ports are also standard.