2017 Nissan Murano

Pros: Smooth continuously-variable transmission (CVT) contributes to excellent throttle response; straightforward control layout; flat-folding second-row seats offer improved cargo hauling capability

Cons: Love-it-or-hate-it styling; lackluster handling dynamics; swoopy styling cuts into cargo capacity somewhat; some mediocre interior materials

CG Says: Apple CarPlay is newly available on the 2017 Nissan Murano. Otherwise, this midsize crossover SUV is little changed. Trim levels ascend through Nissan’s typical S, SV, SL, and Platinum levels; all are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The lone drivetrain choice is a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Available features include a 360-degree “Around View” camera system, panoramic sunroof, heated/cooled front seats and heated back seats, power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and rear cross-traffic alert. Murano’s driving personality isn’t as dynamic or polished as its swoopy look would suggest, and the interior’s execution falls a bit short of Murano’s upscale aspirations. Still, this is a comfortable, likable crossover that offers an excellent blend of passenger-car and SUV attributes.

The Facts
Class Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices S: $29,740
AWD S: $31,340
SV: $32,800
AWD SV: $34,400
SL: $37,130
AWD SL: $38,730
Platinum: $39,180
AWD Platinum: $40,780

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28