Traditionally, the sport utility has a solid, easy to recognize silhouette. Typically boxy, with a long hood with four different pillars going far back to the rear where the tailgate is usually aligned with the bumper with a short overhang. Once the SUV segment was far established, automakers started to push the design envelope a bit to infuse a bit more personality into their products. One of the first mainstream products to do this was introduced back in 2003. For just over 12 years, the Murano continues to push the design standard.
The latest generation Murano receives a complete design overhaul that commences the introduction of Nissan’s latest design language. Bold lines that come from all angles are stylish but also serve a purpose of overall function. Contributing to lower drag coefficient and increased aerodynamics, the Murano promises a bold style statement message, with increased performance and effiency compared to its predecessor.
From the front, the Murano maintains its swooped headlamp design and supports a dropped grill outlined finished in chrome. The silhouette is the very epitome of bold, and introduces a rakish design that appears as though its always moving in full motion, even while standing still. A clever “floating roof” design dares to start new design trends for other manufacturers to soon follow suit. The rear is neatly finished with taillights that mimic that from the headlamps, but are composed of full LEDs.
The interior remains just as stylish as the exterior, but provides a number of intuitive buttons and controls that are within easy reach and are simple to read. The Murano injects a level of luxury unmatched by some of its competitors by using top line materials, that are of top notch fit and finish. Features like Bluetooth streaming audio, navigation, and push button start are just some of the standard features.
The drive of the Murano remains responsive, and although CVT isn’t my favorite transmission, seems the Murano has perfected its acceleration matched with efficiency. Throughout the week, I noticed that power delivery is immediately available at acceleration and with mixed city and highway driving, the stylish crossover achieved 28 MPG on average.
Bottom line, is if you are in the market for a crossover or SUV and demand versatility, style, and efficiency, look no further. The Murano name has had time to build a positive reputation, and will continue to remain one of the most stylish available on the market. The short list of competitors could be overlooked for this acceptable execution. For more information on the all-new Nissan Murano, please visit nissan.com.