Inside the 2019 Nissan Murano

The 2019 Nissan Murano continues to shine as one of today’s best vehicles for families. This midsize crossover offers style, comfort, and a high level of passenger safety.

Let’s take an inside look at the new Murano.

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Trims

  • Murano S: $31,270
  • Murano SV: $34,440
  • Murano SL: $39,220
  • Murano Platinum: $43,530

Performance Specs

Although the 2019 Nissan Murano doesn’t offer an engine upgrade, its standard V6 engine inspires confidence. It’s tuned to develop a competitive 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Nissan’s Xtronic continuous variable transmission enables you to accelerate smoothly in all driving situations. Although the Murano isn’t the quickest two-row crossover in the segment, a brisk zero to 60 mph time of 7.3 seconds proves it can deliver the necessary performance.

Most drivers will be perfectly satisfied with the standard front-wheel-drive system. However, an intelligent AWD system is available for the folks who must contend with snowy weather. It aids traction by automatically responding to the changing road conditions.

The 2019 Nissan Murano is a joy to drive. A speed-sensitive power steering system makes the SUV easy to maneuver on the highway and in tight parking areas. Furthermore, ride comfort is smooth enough to keep passengers happy on long road trips.

Fuel Economy

You’ll find the 2019 Nissan Murano to be quite good on gas. Its continuous variable transmission helps minimize fuel consumption. According to the latest EPA estimates, you can anticipate getting a solid 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Fortunately, opting for all-wheel-drive does not lower the SUV’s fuel efficiency.

Safety and Entertainment Features

When it comes to safety, the 2019 Nissan Murano stands among the class leaders. Last year’s model, which is mechanically the same, scored well in all the critical crash tests performed by the IIHS. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking comes equipped on every new Murano. Busy parents will especially benefit from the SUV’s new Rear Door Alert technology, which is designed to prevent small children and pets from getting left behind.

For 2019, the Murano offers an updated Nissan Safety Shield 360 package. It includes front/rear automatic braking, blind-spot detection, and traffic sign recognition. Along with the package also comes Nissan’s newly available Intelligent Lane Intervention, which will help keep you centered in your lane. A 360-degree parking camera with Moving Objection Detection is also found on most trims.

The 2019 Nissan Murano is built with the comfort of your family in mind. Legroom is outstanding throughout the cabin. Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats are engineered to help you maintain a relaxing posture. Featuring quilted leather seating surfaces with ventilation, the range-topping Platinum trim feels especially luxurious.

Technology is plentiful inside the new Murano. The standard Advance Drive-Assist Display can show turn-by-turn navigation directions and safety alerts. You’ll also enjoy the easy-to-use NissanConnect infotainment system, which provides Apple/Android device integration.

Nissan now offers the Murano with Google Assistant integration. This feature enables you to perform functions by simply making voice commands. Meanwhile, the navigation system now offers over-the-air updates. Some of the other premium features consist of a powerful Bose sound system, remote vehicle controls, and ambient interior lighting.

How It Stacks Up Against the Competition

2019 Ford Edge

Like the Nissan Murano, the Ford Edge has become a popular family hauler. While the Edge offers ample interior room, expect the Murano’s interior to feel more upscale. Must-have features, like Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone support, are only available on the Edge’s upper trim levels.

2019 Toyota Highlander

The 2019 Toyota Highlander is another highly recommended crossover. While the Highlander is a good choice, there’s more technology available for the new Murano. Reverse automatic braking and a 360-degree parking camera are only offered on the new Murano. Furthermore, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto remain absent in the new Highlander. Plus, if you want the Highlander with a more powerful V6 engine, you’ll have to pay extra.

2019 Honda CR-V

Although the Honda CR-V scores well in several key categories, it’s not as roomy and refined as the new Murano. Safety features, like lane-centering technology and reverse automatic braking, are also not offered on the new CR-V.

Pros

Very Accommodating Family Vehicle

Like most people, you’ll likely be buying the new Murano for your family. Comfy seats and excellent passenger room enable everyone to feel right at home. You can also take advantage of the SUV’s valuable safety technologies.

Attention-Grabbing Exterior Styling

Many drivers are drawn to the Murano’s unique exterior styling. No other crossover in the segment will be easily mistaken for the new Murano. This year, Nissan has updated the Murano with a bolder V-Motion grille and a new front bumper. New colors have arrived as well, including Sunset Drift and Deep Blue.

Easy-to-Use Features

Complicated features can ruin your driving experience. Luckily, the 2019 Nissan Murano doesn’t suffer from this problem. From the climate control system to the NissanConnect touchscreen, every feature inside the new Murano is simple to operate.

Cons

Not Great for Off-Roading

While an available AWD system enables the Murano to perform well in the snow, this is not the best vehicle for traveling off the beaten path. It does not offer rugged upgrades such as an off-road suspension and undercarriage protection.

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