Review and Test Drive: 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum Edition

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Once underway, it’s clear that the Murano is designed for comfort, not cornering, but it does fare competently in that department.

Our 2017 Nissan Murano arrived with the Platinum Edition trim. This included heated and cooled front leather seats, heated steering wheel and rear leather seats, and LED beam headlights, among other goodies.

As expected, controls were logically arranged and placed and there was a decided lack of clutter. Apple CarPlay worked well and I relied on that for navi and infotainment during the Murano’s visit. Once underway, I found the various driver-assistance technologies to be rather necessary due to the thick rear roof pillars. The Around View monitor as well as blind-spot detection and cross-traffic alerts are good confidence builders. I didn’t need to test the forward-collision warning or emergency braking but it’s good to know that these features are ready for action if needed.

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BOTTOM LINE

The combination of refinement, innovative (albeit polarizing) design, and a rich interior make for a great upscale premium vehicle, one that should be on your short list if you’re looking for a car in this class.

THE DETAILS

2017 Nissan Murano
Base price/price-as-tested $39,610/$40,570
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 260 / 240
Transmission CVT
Curb weight (lbs) 4,017
Wheelbase (inches) 111.2
Length x width x height (inches) 192.8 x 75.4 x 66.6

 

0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 7.5
Fuel economy (mpg) (city/hwy) 21/28

 

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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