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)

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 (101)

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)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Cargo

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Any of the six vehicles we tested for the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge can swallow a generous dose of Little League equipment, potting soil, groceries or whatever you can imagine in the cargo area. When shopping for an SUV, it's important to remember that a big exterior doesn't mean it will have a huge cargo area.

The 2013 Nissan Murano is the longest of the bunch, yet it has the smallest cargo area. To drive that point further, the 2014 Kia Sorento is the second shortest but has the largest cargo area compared to the Murano, 2013 Ford Edge, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and 2013 Toyota Venza.

By David Thomas | July 7, 2013 | Comments (2)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Mileage Results

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Midsize SUVs aren't known as the most fuel-efficient vehicles. The six SUVs we tested for Cars.com's latest comparison have technological advancements that make these five-passenger family haulers far more efficient than the previous generations. Features like an eight-speed automatic transmission, Eco driving modes and a turbocharged four-cylinder are sprinkled throughout the field.

We tested the 2013 Ford Edge, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Kia Sorento, 2013 Nissan Murano and 2013 Toyota Venza.

Each manufacturer fielded its own vehicle and chose the drive type and engine to be evaluated for our comparison. The result was a mix of front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive SUVs. The Santa Fe Sport (20/27 mpg city/highway) went with front-wheel drive along with the Edge (19/27 mpg); the Grand Cherokee (17/25) was rear-wheel drive, and the Sorento (18/24), Venza (18/25) and Murano (18/23) were equipped with all-wheel drive.

We put these SUVs to the test on a 200-plus-mile driving loop in the Chicago suburbs to evaluate their gas mileage in as equal conditions as possible: same day, same time and same route with six legs to swap drivers to equalize weight and driving styles. How'd they do?

By Joe Bruzek | July 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Results

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A quick look again at our judges:

  • Aaron Bragman, Detroit bureau chief for Cars.com
  • Joe Bruzek, editor and car reviewer for Cars.com
  • Mike Hanley, editor and car reviewer for Cars.com
  • James R. Healey, auto writer for USA Today
  • Ben Davis, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"
  • Brian and Melissa Brown, our family judges for this Challenge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores account for 75% of the total score; 15% from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these SUVs, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | July 7, 2013 | Comments (15)

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