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2018 Nissan Murano Review

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With the New Year comes an all-new Nissan Murano – and it doesn’t disappoint. In the next five minutes we’ll give you a full 2018 Nissan Murano review, and give you everything you need to know about one of the year’s most exciting SUVs. With much needed safety features added to complement its sharp look and comfortable drive, the newly revamped Murano has definitely upped its game.

As of today (Jan 16), Canadian pricing for the Murano is yet to be determined. However, we do know it will be offered in four different trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. No matter which trim level you look at, the Murano’s appeal comes from its blend of upscale SUV features along with a pricing scale that won’t break your bank (because the Murano never does).

If you’re in the market for an exciting, innovative vehicle that drives smoothly, seats plenty, and doesn’t disappoint when hitting the open Alberta road, this could be exactly what you’re looking for.


2018 Nissan Murano review
Seriously, how sweet is that?

PROS:

  • A range of new and exciting features
  • Comfortable, quiet and spacious interior
  • Competitive fuel economy ratings
  • New state-of-the-art safety additions
  • Apple CarPlay / Android Auto
  • Luxury interior on higher trims
  • 8″ screen, Bose sound, Infotainment system

CONS:

  • Interior of base trim might not wow everyone
  • Towing capacity is not to par with class-leaders

VALUE FOR MONEY:

  • Excellent

Performance and Fuel Economy

Class-Leading Where it Counts

In terms of fuel economy, the Murano sits among the top of its class. It delivers a solid fuel economy rating around 12 L/100 km, whether or not you opt for the all-wheel drive option.

Regardless of trim, the 2018 Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that delivers 260 HP and 240 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a CVT that transfers power to the front wheels or to the optional all-wheel-drive system.

The Murano’s performance is competitive, and in combination with the front struts and a rear multi-link setup that provide cloud-like suspension, it also makes for one of the most comfortable rides on the market.

Sure, you may not be coming ahead in any drag races behind the wheel of a 2018 Murano, but that’s not what you’re there for. The Murano performs well compared to its competitors and won’t trouble you when it’s time to jump onto the highway.


2018 Nissan Murano review
The Murano is an exciting mix of safety, power, and handling in a family-sized SUV.

Safety

Collision Detection, Auto Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, and More

While the 2017 model was no death trap by any means, this year’s Murano made great strides in terms of safety and it now sits among the top of its class in this category.

Receiving an impressive 8 out of 10 rating in terms of safety from The Car Connection, all trims come upgraded with fancy new safety hardware, such as forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking system, and rear-view backup cameras.

Some safety features are exclusive to the higher trims. SV trims (or higher) will come equipped with blind-spot monitors, and SL trims (or higher) even include a surround-view camera system and adaptive cruise control.

Aside from the added peace of mind that the new safety technologies offer, the 2018 Murano comes equipped with a standard smattering of airbags for both the driver and passengers, including a driver’s knee airbag and extra rollover airbags for rear passenger protection.


Interior

A Luxury Experience Without the Price Tag

Refined and spacious, the Murano’s interior is stylish and comfortable, and even approaches luxury status when you enter the upper-level trims with the introduction of leather and heated and cooled front buckets, heated rear seats, and a dual-pane moonroof.

When it comes to cargo space, as long as you don’t plan on using your Murano to move yourself into a new house, you’ll find it difficult to run short of space. When the rear seats are up, cargo space measures in at 32.1 cubic feet, but when they’re down, you get up to a full 67 cubic feet. To put that in comparable terms, the Murano offers only slightly less cargo space than its competitor, the Ford Edge (who’s numbers are sitting at 39.2 and 73.4 cubic feet).

That being said, Motor Trend said that the Murano feels like it has more legroom than its two main competitors—the Ford Edge and the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport— despite the specs saying otherwise.

So rejoice, tall people! Both front and back seats offer plenty of legroom. The ceiling is high enough that you shouldn’t hit your head every time you drive over a speed bump.


2018 Nissan Murano interior review
A luxury feel to go along with Bluetooth connectivity, NissanConnect navigation, and an 8″ touchscreen for infotainment and more.

Other Key Features

With respect to tech and entertainment, the Murano’s infotainment system is both advanced and intuitive. The base trim comes with two USB ports, satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, NissanConnect navigation, and an 8″ touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

There is also a smattering of extra options for the particularly enthusiastic tech aficionados. NissanConnect incorporates automatic collision notification, a stolen vehicle locator, and an emergency call service.

Most excitingly, however, is the optional Bose speaker upgrade for higher trims. While the standard audio system is nothing to scoff at, the Bose upgrade is well worth it for those of us who like our music loud.


How It’s Different

It departs from the 2017 model in several key ways. Most notably, its introduction of state-of-the-art safety features like the previously noted forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems.

Oh, and let’s not forget the new infotainment features that make those long bouts in traffic bearable. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are standard on all trim levels.


Final Verdict

All things considered, the 2018 Nissan Murano is an excellent crossover. It fits the bill for a wide variety of lifestyles. Small families, road trip lovers, and athletes with gear alike. Almost anyone would have their needs met by this versatile set of wheels.

This is spacious crossover with good fuel efficiency, class-leading safety, and an easy ride.


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