2021 Nissan Murano Prices, Reviews, and Pictures

Overview

The bold exterior styling of the 2021 Nissan Murano is not enough to fool you. Under its aggressively creased sheetmetal, lies a comfortable cabin and a smooth-riding chassis. All Muranos come with the same engine and transmission–a 3.5-liter V-6 and a continuously variable automatic transmission–offered with either front- or all-wheel drive. Although it doesn’t offer a thrilling driving experience, this setup provides enough power to match the Murano’s relaxed personality. The Murano can accommodate four adults comfortably, but those who need a lot of cargo space may want to consider the Honda Passport or Hyundai Santa Fe.

What’s new for 2021?

Nissan has made its driver-assistance suite, previously an option for Murano, standard across the entire range. Safety Shield 360 is a package that includes blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams. Nissan will now offer the Special Edition package. It includes a panoramic sunroof and a 360-degree exterior camera system. Faux-leather upholstery and heated front seats.

Pricing and Which One To Buy

We’d steer clear of more expensive models, as the 2021 Murano was one of the oldest options in the class. It also finished last in a comparison testing. The Murano SV is a great choice because it has both style and substance for a reasonable price. The standard features include adaptive cruise control and power-adjustable front chairs. Remote start is also available. The Special Edition package is also available. For an additional $1550, all-wheel drive is available to those who wish it.

Transmission, Engine, and Performance

All Murano models have a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 260 horsepower. All models come with front-wheel drive, although all trims can have all-wheel drive. Both setups use a continuously variable auto transmission (CVT) and are standard. The performance of the last Murano that we tested was good on our track, and it performed well in town. The CVT cranks up the engine revs, and then holds them there. This produces a loud, droning sound under the hood. Long-distance highway trips are where the Murano shines. The powertrain fades to the background, allowing for a quiet ride. The Murano’s suspension is tuned to comfort and makes it easy to drive on roads. It also dampens any bumps in the road, making for a smooth ride. The Murano will take you safely to the next intersection if you encounter twisty roads, but it won’t entertain you. Although the steering is excellent on highways, it can be a bit clunky and ineffective on two-lane roads. The Murano has a 1500 pound tow rating.

Fuel Economy and Real World MPG

According to the EPA, the Murano will get 20 mpg in cities and 28 mpg highway. The EPA estimates that the Murano will earn 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. All-wheel drive does not affect either rating. The Murano failed to meet highway fuel economy estimates of 27 mpg in real-world testing. However, it still posted one of our best results among the competitors we tested.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo

The Murano’s interior is one of the best and most luxurious in this comparison. It also outluxes many other Nissan products. The Platinum tester had soft leather seats, armrests, and door panels. There was also a wide dashboard with a band of dark teak wood trim. The chairs are well cushioned and both front-seat passengers should find a comfortable seating position. Rear-seat passengers have access to a comfortable bench seat that reclines and has plenty of padding. The Murano’s cargo area is smaller than average for its class and it was no surprise that we were able to fit nine carry-on suitcases behind the rear seat. Other competitors had more. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was able to fit 26 bags in the cabin, but the Murano’s rear seat could be towed. The interior storage cubby bins are adequate in size, except for the Murano’s glovebox which is enormous.

Connectivity and Infotainment

All Murano models have an 8.0 inch color touchscreen display that runs NissanConnect’s infotainment system. Navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are all available, as well as SiriusXM with Travel Link weather updates and traffic updates. The Murano features both USB-A as well as USB-C ports. There are also two pairs on the back console for those who sit in the rear to charge their phones.

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