3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Nissan Murano

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Expert's Rating

4.4Excellent

MPG 18 City / 24 Highway
Pros
  • Many standard safety features
  • Smooth ride
  • Many interior conveniences
  • Rear visibility better than others in class
Cons
  • Styling may not be for everyone
  • Cabin less luxurious than competitors
, Automotive Editor -
The Murano remains a superior choice in a highly competitive field.

Introduction

Since its inception, the Murano has evolved in small—but significant—ways. The crossover's curvaceous exterior hasn’t changed much since the vehicle appeared just over a decade ago, but Nissan has spent those years loading the interior with new technology, trim levels and options. The 2013 model continues this trend with several notable safety features like a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-path detection and a blind-spot detector.

The Murano has a robust 3.5-liter engine producing 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, a wonderfully designed continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available as an option. The Murano produces a respectable 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway—not bad for a crossover SUV with a V6.

An elegant and comfortable interior pales somewhat when compared to the Murano's competition. The simply designed front console isn't stylish, but is remarkably easy to understand and use. Interior materials are of high quality, and there’s a respectable amount of legroom. Reclining rear seats are among the Murano's nicest features. With 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space—64 cubic feet with split seats folded flat—the Murano is adaptable and versatile.

In nearly every respect, the Murano delivers one the best driving experiences in its class. The engine is powerful and quick, the steering responsive and sharp; a sport-tuned suspension handles the road extremely well, and its CVT outshines most automatic transmissions.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Nissan Murano
Starting price
$18,650

2013 Nissan Murano LE

Recommended for: Drivers seeking top-of-the-line performance with all the options

The top-level LE and has all of an SL's plus: xenon headlights, heated rear seats, wood trim on the interior, 20-inch alloy wheels, and power tilt and telescoping steering.

Options include the Platinum Edition package, which adds 20-inch alloy wheels and upgraded paint to the SL Navigation package.

2013 Nissan Murano
Starting price
$18,650

2013 Nissan Murano S

Recommended for: Drivers who want power and style in their crossover SUV

A 3.5-liter V6 with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque powers the base Murano S. Standard features include: 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a 7-inch control screen, cruise control, split rear seats that recline, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auxiliary input jack, a six-disc CD changer, a six speaker sound system, and tilt and telescoping steering.

Safety features include stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes and an array of airbags.

2013 Nissan Murano
Starting price
$18,650

2013 Nissan Murano SL

Recommended for: Buyers who want to make their neighbors jealous

The Murano SL includes upgrades like: a panoramic sunroof, leather interior, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, power-return rear seats, a heated steering wheel, driver’s seat memory, an auto dimming rearview mirror, a power lift gate, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with digital storage.

The optional Navigation Package contains features from the Value Package plus a lane departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-path detection system.

2013 Nissan Murano
Starting price
$18,650

2013 Nissan Murano SV

Recommended for: Buyers in search of driving performance and safety bundled with the latest technology

The SV transforms the 7-inch display screen into a color screen and adds: a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, fog lights, automatic headlights, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and an upgraded audio system with an interactive iPod interface.

The optional Value Package adds a power liftgate, a navigation system and voice controls for Bluetooth; it also upgrades speakers to a Bose audio system.

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