Review: 2018 Nissan Murano

Drivers in Virginia love the power and versatility of a midsize SUV. Whether you have a family in tow or need a spacious commuter, the 2018 Nissan Murano handles hills and mountains with ease while giving you the latest in features and tech.

Below, we’ll give you all the information you need to decide which trim is best for you. When you’re done, visit our Charlottesville location so we can answer all your questions and take you out for a spin in a brand-new Murano.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Murano trims include S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The Murano S comes standard with a 7-inch Drive-Assist Display, Nissan Navigation, 8-inch multi-touch monitor, Nissan Voice Recognition, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Sirius XM Radio, Bluetooth technology, and three 12-volt outlets. The SV trim adds a HomeLink universal transceiver, Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control, and the option for a Bose premium audio system. Upper trims come equipped with NissanConnect services, steering wheel-position memory, a power panoramic moonroof, and adjustable interior ambient lighting.

Standard seating includes a 6-way driver’s seat, 4-way passenger’s seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and reclining rear seatbacks. The next trim up adds power-adjustable seating and a leather-wrapped wheel and shift knob. Upper trims include a 10-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, heated front and rear seats, heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and leather-appointed seating.

Safety and Tech

The 2018 Nissan Murano earned best-possible scores for crashworthiness from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as well as a Superior rating for its front crash prevention system. Additionally, the Murano AWD earned a 5-Star Overall Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

All trims come equipped with Intelligent Forward Collision Warning, Active Brake Limited Slip, a RearView monitor, Nissan Advanced Air Bag System, Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control, and Hill Start Assist. LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, and LED taillights are also standard features. Safety options include an Intelligent Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and fog lights, which are standard or available on all trims except the S.

Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2018 Murano has a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to an Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission with D-Step Logic. The powertrain makes 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, and all trims come standard with front-wheel or optional with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. A fully equipped AWD model, complete with tow hitch receiver, hitch ball mount, and hitch ball, can tow up to 1,500 pounds – just enough for a small boat or recreational equipment.

According to U.S. Department of Energy estimates, the Murano gets 21 MPG city and 28 MPG highway.


Starting at $30,800 MSRP

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