2019 Nissan Murano review: Freshened, but not fresh enough

    The Nissan Murano entered its third technology in 2015, and for 2019, receives a bunch of visible and tech updates. That’s a very good factor, because the competitors within the two-row crossover SUV set is stiffer than ever. Nissan’s fashionable Murano brings so much to the desk, nevertheless it has to deal with the brand-new Chevrolet Blazer and Honda Passport, to not point out the refreshed Ford Edge. Can a refreshed Murano nonetheless hold in a section that is bringing its A recreation?Confident energyThe Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine pushing 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque via a repeatedly variable transmission. Go simple on the throttle from a cease, and the CVT makes the many of the V6’s low-end torque, conserving revs at a minimal whereas nonetheless permitting the Murano to construct pace at a decent, traffic-keeping tempo. Front-wheel drive is customary, however all-wheel drive will be had on all Murano trims for a further $1,600.

    If it is advisable dart away from a stoplight or sprint up an onramp, the Murano’s powertrain is greater than as much as the duty. Whenever I must go slower visitors on the freeway, the engine and transmission at all times appear to be alert and prepared for motion.

    Enter a bend within the street, and the Murano’s steering offers first rate heft, albeit with not a lot suggestions. At a parking zone tempo, nevertheless, there’s an excessive amount of weight within the wheel, making slow-speed maneuvering somewhat harder than it must be. At no level do the Murano’s journey and dealing with traits actually stand out, nevertheless it’s definitely not dangerous to drive. Braking really feel, nevertheless, is correct on the cash, because of a nicely-tuned pedal that is simple to modulate.Regardless of whether or not it is geared up with front- or all-wheel drive, the Murano is estimated to attain 20 miles per gallon within the metropolis and 28 miles per gallon on the freeway. After 337 miles of testing, I noticed 25.8 mpg.The Murano will get an up to date face amongst different styling enhancements for 2019 that make it extra engaging than it was final 12 months.
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    Confident appearsThe Murano would not appear to be another two-row, midsize crossover within the section, and I respect that. Does it look higher than the others as a result of it is completely different? No, nevertheless it definitely is not a bad-looking SUV, both. For 2019, the Murano’s extra pronounced “V-Motion” grille and revamped headlamps do assist to make it look extra engaging than final 12 months’s mannequin.Inside, the look is far more dated. But whereas the cabin appears outdated, it is nonetheless comfy as ever. The driver’s seat, for example, is among the most cosseting within the enterprise, and if it is advisable convey folks alongside for the journey, there’s loads of room for as much as 5 occupants.Aside from bargain-basement plastic on the steering column, the remainder of the cabin supplies are positive for a crossover that begins at $32,315 (together with $1,045 for vacation spot). Overall, the Murano’s inside is a fairly quiet and serene place during which to spend time.

    Cargo capability is available in at 32.1 cubic toes behind the rear seats and 67 cubic toes with the second row folded flat. Muranos with the elective panoramic sunroof supply barely much less cupboard space: 31.1 cubic toes behind the second row and 65 cubic toes with the again seats folded. Either method, this must be sufficient for most individuals, however these numbers fall on the smaller aspect of the section. The Honda Passport, for instance, affords as much as 77.9 cubic toes of house.The Murano can tow as much as 1,500 kilos, which is sufficient for a small trailer. But if towing is a daily incidence in your life, the Murano’s spec pales compared to the GMC Acadia’s 4,000-pound tow score, to not point out the Chevy Blazer’s 4,500 kilos. The Murano comes customary with an abundance of tech options, however the SUV nonetheless feels behind the instances.
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    Lots of tech, however not the bestWith an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite tv for pc radio and two USB-C ports, there is a fairly strong suite of ordinary tech that comes baked in with the Murano. My $42,885 SL-trim tester provides different options like embedded navigation, HD radio and an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system.

    While there’s loads of customary tech, it is not likely that good. Nissan’s infotainment interface is not the only to work via, and its graphics seem a technology or two behind the instances. It even looks like the automobile’s is not quick sufficient for the Apple CarPlay knowledge switch — my Spotify music often skipped as if I used to be enjoying a scratched CD.Standard driver help options aren’t as ample as the usual cabin tech. The Murano solely comes with collision-mitigation braking as customary tools. My nicely-optioned tester, nevertheless, options adaptive cruise management, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a 360-degree digicam, plus entrance and rear parking sensors.The Murano is an efficient crossover, however the competitors is healthier.
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    More freshness requiredWith all of the bells and whistles and a few equipment, a completely loaded Nissan Murano can hit $47,000. My SL tester, however, has the whole lot I may need for about $4,000 much less, with its customary leather-based upholstery, heated entrance and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, hands-free energy liftgate and 20-inch wheels (changing the 18-inch models that come on the bottom S trim). I might additionally advocate including my tester’s $1,970 Tech Package that will get you a panoramic sunroof, automated excessive beams, visitors signal recognition, pedestrian-detecting automated emergency braking, brake-actuated lane-keep help and rear automated braking.The Nissan Murano finds itself in a little bit of an uphill battle in the mean time. Even although it boasts up to date appears and extra tech for the 2019 mannequin 12 months, it is received to compete with brand-new entries that, finally, are extra succesful and compelling. Unless your high precedence is seat consolation, and gas financial system that is solely barely higher than the Blazer and Passport, it is onerous to advocate the Murano above its more energizing competitors.

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