The Nissan Murano has a bad wrap, but why? Nissan has a great line up that includes the Pathfinder, Rogue, and Frontier. But they did drop the ball with the Kicks. So, let’s investigate precisely why people are having issues with the Murano.
What’s Wrong With The Nissan Murano?
First of all, the Nissan Murano seems a little pricey. It starts around $31k as a five-passenger SUV. The Pathfinder, which can seat up to eight passengers, also starts around $31k, so why are these vehicles similar in price?
Well, the price won’t get you a better fuel economy. The Murano gets a low 20 mpg in the city and an average of 28 mpg in the city. This is similar to the Pathfinder’s fuel efficiency, but again with the Pathfinder, you get a third row of seats.
Nissan Murano Power
The Nissan Murano comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pushes out 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. This amount of power is pretty good! Or at least we hoped it would suit this SUV well. However, it has a slow pickup and takes 8.6 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph.
Also, the Nissan Murano can only tow up to 1,500 lb. This seems a little light. If you have larger items to haul, go with the Pathfinder and enjoy it’s maxed towing compacity of up to 6,000 lb.
Another plus with the Murano is the fact that it has all-wheel drive options available for driving in adverse conditions such as snow. However, AWD is only available for higher trim options.
The Murano comes on 20” tires, which is also suitable for better handling and cornering in adverse conditions, and it has a ground clearance height of 6.9”. So, if you felt confident, then you could take this SUV down dirt and gravel roads.
With an approach angle of 14 degrees, breakover angle of 16 degrees, and a departure angle of 24 degrees, the Murano seems inadequate for climbing over obstacles.
Nissan Murano Features
The Nissan Murano is marketed as a luxury model. You can choose what interior color you would like your soft, leather seats to have. Also, you can place your hands on the leather-wrapped steering wheel for that superior feeling during your commute.
Along with comfortable seating, the Murano also offers plenty of space. When the back seats are up, you have 35 cubic feet of storage space to work within the trunk. Once you fold the seats down, then you have up to 67 cubic feet of cargo space to use.
The 8” infotainment center is pretty average compared to other models. It can connect to Andriod Auto and Apple Car Play along with Travel Link for traffic and weather updates. There are also USB ports in the front and pack so everyone can charge their devices.
When it comes to safety, the Murano once again scores average. It’s not the safest model but did pass with acceptable scores. It also has the standard safety features that are seen across the board.
The intelligent forward collision prevention will help you avoid wrecks, and the lane assist feature will detect vehicles in your blind spots, the automatic braking will help you avoid hitting pedestrians, and more.
So, there you have it. The Nissan Murano is expensive for an average car. It doesn’t have any features for off-roading, it’s acceleration is slow, it’s towing capability is lacking, and more. It seems like all you get for the price is padded leather seats.