2015 Nissan Murano: First Look

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Competes with: Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Jeep Grand Cherokee

Looks like: 2013 Nissan Resonance concept SUV

Powertrains: 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, continuously variable automatic transmission, front- or all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2014

Nissan has two SUV flavors in its showrooms. If you need family-hauler, there's the seven-passenger Pathfinder. If you just want style, all-weather functionality and really only need room for five passengers, there's the Pathfinder's quirky younger sibling, the Murano.

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Nissan has redone the Murano for 2015 and will introduce it at this week's 2014 New York International Auto Show, showing off a new version that takes its styling cues from the Nissan Resonance concept car unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Exterior

The new Murano most obviously resembles the concept outside, where Nissan didn't tone down the Resonance's wild looks all that much. There's a whole lot of styling going on, such as the "floating" roof element that looks like it's a separate piece from the rest of the body and the boomerang-style headlights that incorporate LED daytime running lights. LED headlights are optional. The slipperier overall shape has resulted in a 16 percent improvement in aerodynamics, and the new Murano comes in longer, lower and wider than the previous version. In the back, the standard LED taillights are wild, giving the Murano an avant-garde look that is sure to be polarizing.

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Interior

Nissan carries the futuristic theme inside with an "upscale social lounge" design that is much more premium looking than the Pathfinder's interior. The cabin's dashboard and center console are lower than they were in the previous Murano to improve outward visibility and a sense of spaciousness, with a new 8-inch color touch-screen in the center stack (a 7-inch screen now resides in the gauge cluster). The number of buttons and switches for the multimedia system has been dramatically reduced as well, from 25 to 10, to provide a less cluttered and user-friendlier experience.

Nissan's "Zero-Gravity" seats are standard for both front and rear occupants, with the rear seats employing a three-cushion design; heated and cooled seats are available for the front row. Heated seats are an option for the backseat. While you're in them, gaze up and enjoy the new panoramic sunroof that's 29 percent larger and opens wider with a 40 percent increase in sliding length. The Murano does better as a cargo-hauling SUV as well, with a reconfigured cargo area that can now accommodate four large suitcases; the rear seats now fold flat.

Under the Hood

The Murano's powertrain carries over from the last version, sporting Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 260 horsepower and mated to a standard continuously variable automatic transmission. Along with a weight loss of 130 pounds and aerodynamic improvements, the powertrain has been retuned to provide an estimated fuel-economy bump of about 20 percent, according to Nissan's estimates. Front-wheel drive is again standard, with all-wheel drive optional.

Safety

Nissan is offering something new for the Murano with a suite of four on-board cameras (front, rear and two side) and three radar systems to provide a variety of safety systems including blind spot warning, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and an advanced parking assist system that can detect moving objects in the vehicle's path.

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

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Comments 

Tony

Competes with: Ford Edge- may be, Kia Sorento -no, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport - no, Mazda CX-7 - no, Jeep Grand Cherokee - no

Toyota Venza - YES

Elliott

I think the new Murano is very attractive. I like all of the interior details too, especially the wood trim that flows through the center console.

Jay

Looks ok. Will appeal to the current Murano buyers. Nissan is overdue for a lighter more fuel efficient V-6. Current one has been around 15 years (like Subaru's boxer).

Jack B. Nimble

I like the fact that they didn't stray from the original Resonance concept design. It looks really modern and sporty. The interior's really classy looking too... great job overall.
Uhhh... Tony, it does compete with the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-7, it's just that the CX-7 is very near dead (discontinued by Mazda and replaced by the CX-5). The Venza is ugly by comparison though.

J

Tony,

No one mentioned the CX-7...
Speaking of which, aren't they out of production already...?

Kyle W

Nissan is going in the right direction with this one, imo.

M3

Very nice, but it looks like rear visibility will be terrible, especially for lane changing.

Tony

J,

nice try.
Editors removed CX-7. I just copied what they had there.

J

Nobody tried anything...
I saw no CX-7 when I replied...


On the other hand, the kink on the side of the cargo area is odd...

Infosaur

M3: It won't matter, they'll just change lanes w/out looking like the other 88% of the CUV drivers out there these days.

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