Top 10 Cars That Stayed True to Their Concept

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During the past decade, the once fanciful concept car — never meant to see the light of day — has morphed into more of a design study for future products. Taking that notion to the next level, our editors have rated the 10 production cars that did the best job of incorporating their concept when made into reality during the past decade.

Related: 2015 Detroit Auto Show Winners and Losers 

Note: We didn't take into account certain "concepts" often considered prototypes that some automakers roll out at auto shows. Those show cars are barely discernible from the real thing and are introduced much closer to when the actual cars go on sale.

By David Thomas | February 9, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano Review

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"The redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano is a quiet, comfortable, roomy five-seat SUV that's perfectly executed for empty-nesters or others who prize a spacious cabin and cargo area, but who have no desire for a third row," says Cars.com reviewer David Thomas.

2015 Nissan Murano Expert Review

By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano First Drive

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Nissan has a specific buyer in mind for its redesigned Murano. The midsize SUV has shed weight and increased fuel economy, but it's the upscale interior and comfortable ride that will woo and wow shoppers, whether they're the ideal empty-nester Nissan is aiming at or not.

Related: Nissan Prices 2015 Murano SUV

I drove a variety of trim levels through Northern California wine country last week in torrential rains and found the Murano to be a terrific all-around vehicle that has eye-grabbing looks to spare. But the previous generation's performance-focused spirit is no longer present.

By David Thomas | December 8, 2014 | Comments (12)

Nissan Prices 2015 Murano SUV

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The third-generation 2015 Nissan Murano has made quite a splash, slated to arrive in showrooms early next month with its show-car styling and high-tech, luxurious interior. And now, Nissan has announced pricing for its premium SUV: The new model will start at $30,445, including the destination fee. That price is for the front-wheel-drive Murano S model; four trim levels will be offered overall, each with an all-wheel-drive option.

Related: More Nissan Murano News

The S all-wheel drive starts at $32,045, with just one package offered, a navigation system. The SV comes in at $33,505 for the front-wheel-drive model or $35,105 for the all-wheel-drive version. Only one package will be offered here as well, a Premium Package. Stepping up from there will be the leather-lined Murano SL for $37,835 with front-wheel drive and $39,435 for all-wheel drive. The top of the line is the Murano Platinum, starting at $39,885 for front-wheel drive and $41,485 for all-wheel drive. The SL and Platinum models also offer a Tech Package, with items such as NissanConnect, navigation, Around View monitor, Intelligent Key with push-button start, an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system and more. Available safety systems include blind spot warning, forward collision alert with emergency autonomous braking and rear cross-traffic alert.

Pricing for the various packages has not yet been provided by Nissan. The new Murano goes on sale Dec. 5 at Nissan dealerships nationwide.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Aaron Bragman | November 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Cars.com reviewer Kesley Mays' early peek at the 2015 Dodge Charger charged straight to No. 1 this week in its debut on our list of most-watched videos. Mays saw the new Charger last month at the 2014 New York International Auto Show and noted that extensive, Dart-like exterior revisions make this current-generation refresh look like a full redesign. Other newcomers to this week's roster included First Look videos featuring the 2015 Jeep Renegade, Subaru Outback and Nissan Murano. Check out what else was popular.

1. 2015 Dodge Charger — First Look
2. 2015 Jeep Renegade — First Look
3. 2015 Subaru Outback — First Look
4. 2015 Acura TLX — First Look
5. 2015 Nissan Murano — First Look

By Matt Schmitz | May 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Nissan Murano Video

Nissan's midsize crossover gets a redesign, and although its styling still errs on the side of wild, new design cues should make it look familiar — especially its Rogue and Pathfinder-like new grille. Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays says the Murano's evocative styling is nicely matched by a well-dressed interior with plenty of room and high-quality materials. Check out the video for more.

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By Jennifer Geiger | April 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

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 (10)

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