Nissan Reveals Price of the 2015 Murano
Third-Gen Crossover to Start at Just Over $30k
Nissan released pricing figures for the 2015 Murano crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the front-wheel drive Murano S will start at $30,445 with destination and handling. That price represents a $1,030 jump over the 2014 Murano S, but with an estimated 20-percent jump in fuel economy, buyers of the new Murano should make their money back at the pump.
Stepping into the third-gen Murano SV will cost $33,505, while the premium SL runs $37,835, and the top-level Murano Platinum will set buyers back $39,885, including destination. All-wheel drive is a $1,600 option across the board. Those prices compare well to those of the 2014 Murano, especially given the extra standard equipment and increased efficiency of the new crossover. Those figures also fall neatly in line with the pricing of the 2015 Ford Edge, arguably the Murano’s most natural competitor.
Nissan’s updated Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) comes standard in all Muranos. Unlike some companies, Nissan has figured out how to make a good CVT, and this unit will feature artificially “stepped” gear ratios to help acceleration feel more natural, with less of the rubber-band stretch that comes with some CVTs.
Despite the Pathfinder's slightly higher pricing in top trim, Nissan is calling the new Murano the company’s crossover/SUV flagship, meaning that you can expect plenty of new technology to come with the five-seat CUV. Moving-object detection, cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and mitigation, and Nissan’s patented 360-degree camera monitors will give Murano drivers confidence and bragging rights over less technologically advanced crossovers.
The company’s “Zero Gravity” seats come to the new Murano, and we expect Nissan’s great leather and steadily improving interior quality to make an appearance, at least in higher trim levels. The Murano also claims best-in-class interior room among similarly sized two-row crossovers, with 148 cubic feet of passenger room and an astounding 40 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats.
The Murano has been a big hit for Nissan since it debuted for the 2003 model year. Powered by the company’s torquey VQ-series 3.5L V-6, the crossover has always had pretty lively performance for a family vehicle, and we expect the same of the new model. For those looking for a reasonably priced two-row crossover who like the Murano’s exciting, polarizing styling, it could be a great fit.