2018 Los Angeles Auto Show – Nissan Refreshes the Murano for 2019
Slight Facelift Keeps Murano’s Exterior Looking Modern
Nissan will give the 2019 Murano a few changes to keep it relevant in the two-row midsize SUV class, a segment now occupied by the recently revealed Honda Passport.
While Honda is marketing the Passport as a rough-road champ, Nissan has always considered the Murano to be a genteel, versatile, and stylish sport-ute, and that personality doesn’t change for 2019. Slight updates to the front end include a bolder version of Nissan’s V-motion grille, reshaped boomerang headlights, and LED elements for the head- and foglights. It looks as though the taillights have been slightly revised with darker lenses, but we’re not positive.
Changes indoors are even more minor, with new semi-aniline leather options with quilted stitching on the Murano Platinum. There are also new trim options: dark wood on the Platinum and light wood or metallic trim on the S, SV, and SL.
More significantly, the Murano now comes with a few new added safety features, such as rear-seat side airbags and a front passenger knee airbag. The Murano also now comes standard with Rear Door Alert to remind the driver to check the rear seat before leaving the vehicle.
The Murano Platinum and Murano SL with Technology Package will now come standard with Nissan Safety Shield 360 technology, which bundles automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high beams. We must admit, however, that we’re disappointed such active safety tech isn’t found in every Murano—automated emergency braking is standard in the aforementioned Passport and class rival Ford Edge.
Nevertheless, these minor changes still help keep the Murano current. It could be argued that the Murano invented the style-conscious midsize two-row crossover segment when the first-generation model hit the market for 2003. And even amid new competition from the Passport, Edge, and reintroduced Chevrolet Blazer, the Murano is still a very popular machine. While we’d love to see more updates to the interior, infotainment, and safety equipment, the powerful and stylish 2019 Murano should continue to be a hit in its class.