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The 2015 Nissan Murano has gone through a full redesign and now includes a "floating roof" design language (Platinum trim shown).

Completely redesigned for 2015, the Murano is the most appealing mid-size SUV in its segment to own and drive according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout. (APEAL) StudySM.

The Numbers

  • MSRP: $38,550
  • Tested Price: $41,905 (MSRP plus $885 destination fee and $2,470 option list, which includes the Technology Package and floor mats with cargo area protector)
  • 3.5-liter V6 engine mated a CVT (continuously variable transmission)
  • 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft. of torque
  • 21 mpg in the city
  • 28 mpg on the highway
  • 24 mpg combined
  • Cargo Room: 32.1-cubic feet behind second row seats; 67-cubic feet with rear seats down
  • Towing Capacity: 1,500 lbs.

Our test vehicle came with the Technology Package ($2,260), which includes a panoramic sunroof, active cruise control, forward collision warning and forward emergency braking. The vehicle also came with a Floor Mats and Cargo Area Protector accessory suite ($210), which includes four carpeted floor mats and a large carpeted cargo area mat.

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Hits

  • Murano delivers luxury-like ride quality by soaking up bumps and moving quietly at speed
  • Plenty of storage and charging ports, for both front and rear passengers, including right-sized holds for smartphones
  • Extremely comfortable seating, wrapped in dark brown leather with white contrast stitching, is a nice change from standard beige-colored seating
  • Rear seats drop quickly with the pull of a lever from the cargo area, speeding up cargo duties
  • Medium-weighted steering provides just enough feedback from the road to prevent the driving experience from feeling numb
  • Active cruise control works well, bringing the Murano to a complete standstill in commuter traffic when needed
  • Blind spot warning  and predictive forward collision warning (and braking) offer seamless integration without too many audible alerts
  • Top-view cameras monitoring system lowers anxiety when parking a vehicle of this size

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Misses

  • Engine tends to drone when pushed, and does always provide adequate acceleration
  • During emergency maneuvers, the lateral handling of the Murano can feel somewhat heavy and unsettled
  • Massive blind spots in the C-pillars makes the use of the top-view camera monitoring system a must-have expense

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Value Retention

In regards to value retention, the Murano sits in last place (out of 21) within our three-year-old mid-size utility segment by holding 48% of its value in 2015.  The Murano underperforms the segment value retention average score of 55% for 2015.

Our Verdict on Twitter

@NADAUsedCarGde says, “2015 @NissanUSA #Murano SL feels like upper class luxury for a middle class price.”