2015 Nissan Murano – First Look and Review
There are few vehicles on the road that stand out from the crowd as much as the third generation Nissan Murano. Based on the Renaissance concept Nissan unveiled at the 2013 Detroit show, the 2015 Murano hews close enough to the look of the concept car that Nissan executives speak of it as a “concept car on wheels.”
The original Murano so influenced Ken Lee, the automaker’s senior creative manager, that he left a competing automaker to join Nissan. Lee says he drew inspiration from the dawn of the jet age, when jet travel was new and passengers were pampered with luxurious surroundings.
With a completely new exterior for 2015, the wheelbase remains unchanged at 111.2” but overall length has increased by 2.9” to 192.8”. The Murano is lower and wider than its predecessor and has increased cargo room, 39.6 cubic feet of space, a 7.8 cubic feet increase.
While the exterior is quite futuristic looking (think “BMW i3”), the view from the driver’s seat is more prosaic. With soft-touch surfaces and high-quality materials in abundance, the cabin in the Platinum model looks more as if it belongs in an Infiniti, the automaker’s luxury brand, and that it can hold its own against the Lexuses and Cadillacs of the world.
Indeed, the Murano comes equipped with most if not all of the advanced technology that was formerly only available over at Infiniti, as well as the more expressive styling one would expect of the latter.
The Murano seats five comfortably, and the base S model starts at $29,560. The top-of-the-line Platinum trim Murano has a base price of $39,000. All-wheel drive is a $1,600 option at any trim level.
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