Pros: Smooth continuously-variable transmission (CVT) contributes to excellent throttle response; broad range of model offerings; attractive mix of passenger-car and SUV attributes
Cons: Pricing is a bit steep on most models, especially CrossCabriolet; swoopy styling cuts into cargo capacity somewhat; so-so fuel economy
CG Says: Though it’s starting to feel a bit long in the tooth, the 2014 Nissan Murano remains a likable SUV that offers a comfortable interior, versatile cargo utility, and a strong, refined powertrain. All models are pricey, but offer a generous level of standard features. We applaud the Murano wagon’s available safety features, but we’re a bit disappointed that a buyer must step up to a navigation-package-equipped high-end model to get them. The CrossCabriolet is a unique specimen among convertibles. It does a decent job of blending the security of all-wheel drive with fun-in-the-sun motoring. On the other hand, it’s very expensive and doesn’t offer a great ride/handling balance. For those who don’t put high value on such things and want something out of the ordinary, the CrossCabriolet is worth a look.