SUV Gone Wild: Nissan Murano Keeps Its Design Crazy

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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.

By David Thomas | April 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Nissan Murano: Up Close

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Nissan's Murano has always been a bit weird. While most SUVs have morphed into a common look across manufacturers, the Murano always did its own thing. Now Nissan has updated the Murano, giving it its first true complete redesign, and the look is just as wild as ever.

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At first glance, one might think that the 2015 Murano is almost overstyled, with lines, creases, folds, streaks, fins and slats from bumper to rump. The resemblance to Nissan's Resonance concept car is strong, but it works.

By Aaron Bragman | April 16, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Nissan Murano Photo Gallery (40 Photos)

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More often than not, when a concept car moves to production, little of the flashiness and daring design that made it an eye-catcher in the first place actually make it to the dealer showroom. That's not the case with the 2015 Nissan Murano, now making a spectacle of itself at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The new Murano's prototype, the Resonance concept, introduced the crossover's bold exterior styling back in January at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Surprisingly, much of that design translates to the production version, notably the "floating" roof element, boomerang-style headlights, kooky LED taillights and overall aerodynamic shape. Meanwhile, the forward-looking interior adopts an "upscale social lounge" design, says Nissan.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | April 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

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.

By Aaron Bragman | April 14, 2014 | Comments (9)

2014 Nissan Murano: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Nissan Murano, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

Nissan's redesigned family-friendly seven-passenger Pathfinder may have stolen some of the spotlight from its smaller sibling, the Murano, but the midsize crossover still offers a good amount of room and comfort for five passengers. Easy to access Latch anchors made installing most child-safety seats a breeze, but annoying buckle straps complicate booster usage.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

By Jennifer Geiger | March 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Nissan to Debut 2015 Murano at 2014 New York Auto Show

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With more than three weeks to go until the media days of the 2014 New York Auto Show, Nissan just announced that it plans to unveil the next generation of its two-row SUV. The Murano was last updated for model-year 2011, and Nissan calls the 2015 model "all-new" with a "spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology," the automaker said in a statement.

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Nissan provided a teaser image that hints at a more aggressive front end with upswept LED-accented headlights. Check back with us on April 16 when the Murano debuts at the show.

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By Jennifer Geiger | March 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (92)

2013 Nissan Murano: Car Seat Check

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Nissan's redesigned family-friendly seven-passenger Pathfinder may have stolen some of the spotlight from its smaller sibling, the Murano, but the midsize crossover still offers a good amount of room and comfort for five passengers. Easy to access Latch anchors made installing most child-safety seats a breeze, but annoying buckle straps complicate booster usage.

By Jennifer Geiger | July 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: State of the Midsize SUV

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A lot has changed in the midsize SUV segment in the last 10 years. What once was a class dominated by truck-based models has given way almost entirely to car-based versions with a high seating position and styling that helped make SUVs popular, but offer improved ride and handling, fuel economy and interior space.

The class took a hit to its popularity around the first time gas prices reached $4 a gallon, but lately sales have been roaring back. Jeep's Grand Cherokee is Chrysler's second-best-selling vehicle this year after the Ram 1500 pickup truck, and it's a reason the joint venture with Fiat is booming. Ford's Edge, while not as successful as sister SUVs Explorer and Escape, still outsells Ford's largest and smallest cars, the Taurus and Fiesta.

By Mike Hanley | July 8, 2013 | Comments (11)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Murano

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Nissan's midsize crossover has a comfortable ride and a quality interior, but time is catching up with it, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The Murano just isn't competitive anymore. After five stagnant years, plenty of other contenders in the midsize crossover class offer higher fuel economy, more comfort and convenience innovations, and better value.

Click here to read how the Murano fared against several competitors in Cars.com's $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge.

2013 Nissan Murano Review

<p>Nissan's midsize crossover has a comfortable ride and a quality interior, but time is catching up with it, says Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. The Murano just isn't competitive anymore. After five stagnant years, plenty other contenders in the midsize crossover class offer higher fuel economy, more comfort and convenience innovations, and better value.</p>

<p>Click here to read how the Murano fared against several competitors in Cars.com's $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge. </p>

<p>2013 Nissan Murano Review</p>
http://www.cars.com/nissan/murano/2013/expert-reviews/?review=0&reviewId=59562
http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013-midsize-suv-challenge.html
By Jennifer Geiger | July 8, 2013 | Comments (4)

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