The Nissan crossover carries over into 2014 almost unchanged. The only update for the new model year is the addition of a Tinted Bronze exterior paint. All versions of the Murano come standard with a 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a continuously variable transmission. The $29,300 starting price is for a 2014 Nissan Murano S with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the sticker up by $1790 to $31,090.
The next step up is the 2014 Nissan Murano SV, priced from $32,390 with front- and $33,990 with all-wheel drive. It adds equipment like roof rails, fog lights, automatic headlights, power front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, Bluetooth, a 7.0-inch screen with a backup camera, a security alarm, and satellite radio. The $2270 SV Value package bundles navigation, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, and a power liftgate.
The Murano SL costs $36,250 with front-wheel drive and $37,850 with all-wheel drive, and adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a dual-pane moonroof, a power liftgate, a nine-speaker Bose audio system, heated mirrors, and rain-sensing wipers. Spending $2100 on the SL Navigation package brings drivers a navigation system, as well as blind-spot warning, lane-departure warning, and moving object detection safety technologies.
The 2014 Nissan Murano LE is the most expensive version, at $38,740 for front-wheel drive or $40,340 for all-wheel drive. It builds on the SL trim level with 20-inch wheels, HID headlights, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel, a heated steering wheel, and wood interior trim. Spending $2350 on the Platinum Edition package nets buyers navigation, unique 20-inch wheels, a special Sapphire Black paint color, and the same safety technologies as the SL Navigation package.
While pricing for the regular Murano crossover is unchanged, the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet saw its price cut by $2545 this year. The slow-selling, ungainly convertible crossover now starts at $42,840.
An all-new Nissan Murano is due in the next year or two. Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer told us that the Resonance concept shown at the 2013 Detroit auto show was, “a true expression of what we believe the next, third-generation Murano should look like.” We could see a production version of the next Nissan Murano previewed at the Los Angeles auto show later this year.