Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano

2021 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: The 2021 Nissan Murano adds standard Nissan Safety Shield 360 (front and rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and high-beam assist) to the base S model—making Safety Shield 360 standard on all models. Murano is a midsize crossover SUV with seating for five. Standard safety features include second-row side airbags, front-passenger knee airbag, Intelligent Driver Alertness monitor, and Rear Door Alert, which reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle. 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, and adaptive cruise control. 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: $33,605
AWD S: $35,155
SV: $36,735
AWD SV: $38,285
SL: $41,105
AWD SL: $42,655
Platinum: $45,155
AWD Platinum: $46,705

Base Engine
3.5-liter V6
Horsepower
260
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28