New for 2014The 2014 Nissan Murano and Murano CrossCabriolet remain mostly unchanged, with the only enhancement being the availability of graphite interior on Tinted Bronze-colored crossovers.
Vehicle OverviewThe Murano is Nissan’s midsize five-passenger crossover slotting above the compact Rogue and below the seven-passenger Pathfinder. It is sold in two body styles: a four-door crossover in S, SV, SL and LE grades, and a fully-loaded two-door convertible.
SummaryThe 2014 Nissan Murano and Murano CrossCabriolet are available with a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. The CVT used in the Murano is one of the better units in production because it “lets engine revs climb naturally,” which results in less droning noise. However, acceleration is not one of the car’s strengths due to its two-ton curb weight with all-wheel-drive. Like most crossovers, the Murano excels at on-road performance and comfort despite the availability of all-wheel-drive. Regarding fuel economy, the EPA rates the Murano at 18/24 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 18/23 mpg with all-wheel drive while CrossCabriolets achieve 17/22 mpg.
Inside, the 2014 Murano has enough seating for five adults and a refined cabin comparable to offerings from Nissan’s luxury arm, Infiniti. Features such as a navigation system with traffic alerts, 60/40 split rear seats, leather upholstery, Bose audio system, and heated seats for front and rear passengers give the interior a more premium feel. The focus on passenger space means that the Murano is ideal for small families and long-distance travel. Additionally, its user-friendly and straightforward touch screen controls with a redundant center knob controller make it easy to live with on a daily basis.
The Murano has a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars), and earned a good rating in three of four IIHS tests, with a marginal score in the roof strength test (good is the highest possible score).
What We ThinkThe Murano remains a good choice among five-passenger crossovers in the market with its available premium features. In a 2011 review of the Murano CrossCabriolet, we noted how well-executed the crossover’s infotainment system was, saying that “it’s never a chore to change radio stations, input destination, or use your iPod.” The prioritization of passenger spaces means that room for passengers is ample. However, the cabin’s livability sacrifices cargo-carrying capability with a high luggage floor a “rounded rear end” that “restricts the size of bulky objects that can be carried.” Additionally, we said in a 2012 Driven review that refinement remains a Murano strong point because of a CVT that allows the engine to accelerate naturally instead of forcing to rev to the top of the rev range and “hold it there.”
- Refined and plush cabin
- Comfortable ride
- User-friendly controls
You Won’t Like
- Unimpressive fuel economy
- Lackluster acceleration
- Restrictive cargo area
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