SUV Gone Wild: Nissan Murano Keeps Its Design Crazy


There is a theory in the automotive world that you either design for the middle-of-the-road to attract the largest possible group of shoppers or go full-tilt wild to completely win over a smaller fringe.

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There is no better example of the latter than Nissan's midsize SUV, the Murano. Debuting at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, the third generation of the family-friendly vehicle - the current generation scored well in our Car Seat Check - ups the ante when it comes to in-your-face styling.

Below is a look at the three generations and what our editors said at the time those vehicles were new to us. It's hard to believe now that the first Murano was at the time a radical-looking SUV.

2015 Nissan Murano


2015 Nissan Murano Photo Gallery (40 Photos)


2015 Nissan Murano: Up Close


2015 Nissan Murano: First Look




All you need to do is look at sales.
2008 - 71,401
2009 - 52,546

20K cars drop with the 2009 redesign. And 2013 was the worst at 44.6K.

So Nissan decided to go nuts. Although, it doesn't look more "crazy" than any Mazda


I think it's the best-looking Murano yet. The first two generations were just plain ugly.

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