Matthew Keegan
Contributing Editor - October 25, 2016

Expert Rating

4.3 (Excellent)
21 City / 28 Highway

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2017 Nissan Murano OVERVIEW

The Nissan Murano is a stylish midsize SUV with room for five. Introduced in 2003, the third-generation debuted in 2015. The current model is available in four trims with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2017

Light changes herald this generation SUV’s third model year. New this year is Apple CarPlay availability, arriving later in the model year.

Nissan’s Driver Attention Alert system, standard on the SL and Premium trims, is now available as part of an SV Driver Assistance package. The alert system provides audible and visual warnings if it senses the driver may not be attentive.

Nissan Murano Front Quarter

Choosing Your Nissan Murano

Buyers can choose between S, SV, SL, and Platinum trim or grade levels in the 2017 Murano.

Standard features include halogen headlamps, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels wrapped in all-season tires, rear tow hooks, and dual folding side mirrors. Cloth seats, power accessories, a climate control system, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a seven-inch color display are standard.

Safety features include a rearview monitor, a suite of airbags including a driver’s knee airbag, and hill start assist.

All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The EPA rates this model at 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

A hybrid version, introduced in 2016, is marketed separately.


The Murano S is the base model priced at $30,640 (destination included). Add $1,600 for all-wheel drive. This model comes with each of the standard items listed earlier. Options available include HD radio, a rear USB port, and navigation, each item included as part of an available navigation package.


Priced from $33,700, the Murano SV brings in such features as a remote engine start system, intelligent climate control, an eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar support, front, and rear passenger connection ports, and NissanConnect with Apple CarPlay and navigation. All-wheel drive models start at $35,300. The SV also adds halogen front fog lights, black roof rails, and introduces such options as adjustable cross bars, a dual panoramic moonroof, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and an around view monitor.


Nissan prices the 2017 Murano SL from $38,030 ($39,630 for all-wheel drive). This grade brings in leather-appointed and heated front seats, an around-view monitor, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, and a power liftgate. You’ll also find heated side mirrors, ambient lighting, and such safety features as blind spot warning, moving object detection, and rear cross traffic alert. Additional safety features and a power panoramic moonroof are part of an available technology package.


The top-of-the-range Murano Platinum costs $40,080 or $41,680 for all-wheel drive. At this price point, you’ll find LED beam headlights, 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels, heated and cooled front seats, and a heated steering wheel as well as heated rear seats. This model also adds a power tilt and telescopic steering column, power flip rear seats, and upgraded NissanConnect services. A technology package is also available.

CarsDirect Tip

The sleek and evocative styling of the Murano is reason alone to consider this model. With the navigation package available at the S trim level, even the base grade is worth considering. If you need something slightly larger, then the Nissan Pathfinder should be considered.

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