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Nissan Murano

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2015 Nissan Murano – S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 (Base Trim)

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Editors Overall Rating

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This rating is provided by our team of editors based on their extensive professional expertise on Trucks, SUVs, Vans, and Wagons.
We liked
  • The Level of Refinement and Luxury Rivals Nissan’s Infiniti Lineup
  • The CVT is Nissan’s Best Yet
  • Bold Styling Stands Out From the Crowd
We disliked
  • Bold Styling May Be Off-Putting to Some
  • A CVT is Still a CVT, No Matter How Good
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Fair Market Price is an estimate of a “fair” price that any given new vehicle can be purchased for. This national estimate, updated monthly, reflects recent market conditions (supply and demand) plus a reasonable dealer markup.
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MSRP
$29,560
MPG
21 / 28
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ENGINE
3.5L V6
HORSE POWER
260 hp
@ 6,000 rpm
TORQUE
240 ft lb
of torque @ 4,400 rpm
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The Nissan Murano is all new for the 2015 model year and has undergone quite a change. Under the surface, this midsize crossover SUV has experienced a drastic weight loss, dropping about 145 pounds compared to the 2014 model, helping increase fuel economy by about 20 percent. Even more changes are noticeable on the surface, however, as this new generation’s styling really stands out from the crowd—for better or worse. A new look front and rear, as well as the bold floating roofline accentuated with chrome brightwork, definitely orients this Murano more toward the fashion-conscious crowd. Nissan also upped the level of refinement and luxury, adding available features such as all-LED headlights and Adaptive Cruise Control. The 260hp 3.5L V-6 provides adequate power on demand, and its continuously variable transmission (CVT) is the company’s most-refined unit yet, although closet enthusiasts may still bemoan it. But the Murano isn’t catered to them. Instead, its mission is more about getting its occupants from point A to B with minimal fuss and maximum style. Rest assured that it is mission accomplished.

REVIEW

Why would Nissan build such a random iteration of its much-loved Murano?. It's a move designed to attract attention and entice new buyers to the brand.
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Admittedly, Nissan's product planners don't expect the new Murano CrossCabriolet to sell in droves. "It's not going to be a volume car," said Brian Carolin, senior vice president for Nissan sales and marketing, in a recent Automotive News interview. "But there's a degree of bravery for us to bring out a car like that right now. It will surprise a lot of people."
The two-door is said to be the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible. It melds the "sophistication of a sedan" with the "utility of a sport utility," says Carolin, and of course, the fun of driving a convertible.
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Engineers faced numerous feats when creating the CrossCabriolet. Rigidity had to be upped to compensate for the loss of its B-pillars, so the A-pillars gained significant reinforcement. To keep the standard model's profile, the cabrio's two doors are 7.9 inches longer than the standard Murano's front doors. Its canvas roof (available in either black or light brown) employs a glass window for improved longevity. And despite the new configuration, aerodynamic efficiency remains tidy at 0.39 Cd compared to the Murano's 0.37 Cd.
As there will only be one trim level when it goes on sale early next year, exterior features are generous. From HID bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillights, to fog lights and body colored bumpers and facades, the CrossCabriolet will arrive at dealerships plentifully equipped. Twenty-inch split five-spoke wheels cloaked in a titanium finish tuck under each of the bulbous fenders. The model's six colors include Sunset Bronze, Caribbean, Merlot, Platinum Graphite, Super Black, and Pearl White.
It's the same fully equipped story inside. Three leather colors - black, cashmere, and camel - can be had in a diagonal quilt pattern with double stitching. Half-matte chrome and wood finishes can be specified as well. A heated steering wheel and front seats, Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System, Bose audio system, and Bluetooth arrive standard.
The convertible CUV boasts an impressive set of cargo capacities. There's 7.6 cu-ft of space with the electronically actuated top stowed; 12.3 cu-ft with the top up. Sure, that's not a lot, but it bests most other convertibles.
The automaker's versatile 3.5-liter V-6 continues to power all four wheels. It's rated at 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque and mated to an Xtronic CVT gearbox.
Final EPA fuel economy ratings and a complete pricing schedule have yet to be released, but given the very niche buyer segment, we're guessing those won't matter much. The 2011 Nissan CrossCabriolet executes its mission as a eye-raising modern day crossover, but is it enough to be worthy of an entirely new segment? We'll let you know once we drive one.

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCarbiolet
Base price $38,000 (est)
Vehicle layout Front-engine, AWD, 4-pass, 2-door, convertible
Engine Engines 3.5L/265-hp/248-lb-ft DOHC24-valve V-6
Transmission cont. variable auto
Curb weight 4200 lb (est)
Wheelbase 111.2 in
Length x width x height 190.1 x 74.5 x 66.2 in
0-60 mph 7.0 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 19 / 24 mpg (est)
CO2 emissions 0.93 lb/mile (est)
On sale in U.S. Early 2011
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2015 Nissan Murano

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Third Generation Showcases Style, Technology
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Nissan's Mid-Market Crossover Gets LEDs, Bolder Styling
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2014 Nissan Murano

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$28,530
18 / 24
3.5L V6
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Nissan Announces Price Drop for 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet
While most manufacturers adjust their pricing higher for a new model year, Nissan decided to cut the price of the 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet.
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2013 Nissan Murano

SPECIFICATIONS
$28,440
18 / 24
3.5L V6
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2012 Nissan Murano

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$29,960
18 / 24
3.5L V6
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Recall: Nissan Says 2983 Muranos and Rogues Have Inactive Tire Pressure Monitoring System
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2011 Nissan Murano

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$29,290
18 / 23
3.5L V6
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2012 Nissan Murano Price Increased, CrossCabriolet Drops $1,840
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2010 Nissan Murano

SPECIFICATIONS
$28,340
18 / 23
3.5L V6
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2009 Nissan Murano

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$27,680
18 / 23
3.5L V6
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2008 Nissan Murano

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2007 Nissan Murano

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$27,830
20 / 25
3.5L V6
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2006 Nissan Murano

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$27,600
20 / 25
3.5L V6
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2005 Nissan Murano

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$27,150
20 / 25
3.5L V6
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2004 Nissan Murano

SPECIFICATIONS
$28,300
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3.5L V6
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2003 Nissan Murano

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$28,199
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