2015 Nissan Murano | Driven: Car Review | The New York Times

A crossover that never fit in with the flannel shirt crowd leans farther toward the fashion scene.

The rugged image of suvs and crossovers made them popular drawing buyers away from minivans i’m tom volk with driven for the new york times nissan’s murano never took the woodsy owl approach always the fashion model crashing the campfire in heels generation three is drawn up differently but keeps the couture attitude nissan’s design language is more avant-garde

Than most think about it leif juke cube and quest they have aligned themselves with french automaker renault that would explain a lot murano is original and spendy look shows the premium brands a thing or two floating roofs have been done before but this flowing bright work is unique the cowcatcher grille is a bit much the carpool gang will believe this top of

The line platinum model is from nissan’s infinity division until they spot the logo and unusual trim that’s supposed to mimic brushed aluminum i think nissan’s familiar 3.5 litre v6 with 260 horsepower and 240 pound feet of torque is morano’s only engine choose between front and all-wheel drive nissan is big on continuously variable transmissions simulated gear

Shifts are done here there are no paddle shifters shedding 145 pounds acceleration is satisfying not neck-snapping with seven and a half seconds zero to sixty runs steering is well weighted with that smidge of numbness electric power steering is known for toss murano into a curve and it’s well behaved somebody roll not too much i’m on record that i do not care

For continuously variable transmissions of the rubbery droning dynamics but i have got to admit nissan got it right here this feels like a regular 16 gearbox murano is available with adaptive cruise control and safety tech like blind spot and collision warning plus automatic emergency braking one of my complaints about the outgoing murano was road noise that’s been

Taken care of on a 200-mile road trip murano was quiet and comfortable and i came close to the epa rated fuel economy which doesn’t always happen good-looking materials make travel more enjoyable so do the supportive contoured chairs that are heated and cooled visibility is quite good in most directions not so hot rearward so this camera system comes in handy got

To appreciate the birdseye mode and the ability to switch to a forward view the wheel is warmed bose sound is rich the sky can be appreciated by everyone another luxury the user interface is simple enough to use without studying the owner’s manual just be careful to pop the fuel door and not the hood the back seat cushions are on the high side that means good thigh

Support and none of that knees up mother brown stuff head knee and legroom are generous i would like a little bit more wiggle room for my size 11s though all the stuff that makes passengers feel coddled is here and just like the front seats the outboard positions are sculpted well enough for people to take notice the claim for murano is best-in-class cargo area

Looks big enough to stash a third row back here but if you want one of those with your nissan crossover you have to go with pathfinder there is quite a bit of space back here you might not need to haul 11 packs of tp at least you can front-wheel-drive muranos begin at thirty thousand four hundred bucks with destination this loaded all-wheel drive platinum model

Position to run with the tony brands retails for forty three seven it does not have the triple teflon coating feel loves a lexus rx but morano pampers its occupants at a much lower cost without the showy premium badges of course it’s a significant move up market by a crossover that has always dressed to impress oh

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