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2018 Nissan Murano

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2018 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $31,000
2018 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $32,600
2018 SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,300
2018 SV 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,900
2018 SL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $38,700
2018 SL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,300
2018 Platinum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $42,430
2018 Platinum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,030


Although the Nissan Murano last saw a major revision in 2015, continuous updates to the feature content have resulted in a well equipped vehicle, even in base trim form. The progressively shaped exterior continues to stand-out while the interior’s smooth design and no fuss powertrain work to deliver a relaxed and comfortable overall feeling.

What's New for 2018

Across each of the four trim levels, the Murano receives increased levels of standard equipment, ranging from safety to entertainment to creature comforts.

Nissan Murano

Choosing Your Nissan Murano

The Murano is available in S, SV, SL, and Platinum with significant content differences among them.

Powering all Muranos is a 3.5-liter V6 that is mated to a continuously variable transmission. The engine puts out 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque and is routed through an optional, $1,600 all-wheel drive system. Front wheel drive is standard. There is no fuel economy for choosing all-wheel drive so all Muranos are EPA rated 21 miles per gallon city, 28 highway, and 24 combined.

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The base S trim is $31,525 (including a $975 destination fee) and for that it comes well equipped. New for 2018 is an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system featuring navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, HD radio, Bluetooth, and satellite radio. Additionally, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link, which can provide fuel prices, weather, and sports scores, is also included with an initial trial period. A large seven-inch color screen in the gauge cluster displays turn-by-turn directions, audio information, and more.

Gaining entry is fairly easy with Nissan’s proximity key although it still requires pressing a button on the door handle. Push-button start is also standard. Once inside, the comfortable Zero Gravity seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and upscale interior materials provide a comfortable and open space.

LED daytime running lights and taillights create unique lighting signatures for the Murano while 18-inch alloy wheels, body-color mirrors with integrated turn signals, and a black finish on the headlight housing keep the exterior looking up to date.

Active safety tech includes an forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. A rearview camera is standard.

There are no significant packages offered on this base trim although, a wifi hotspot and remote engine start are available as dealer-installed accessories.

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The SL trim, $39,225, builds on the SV trim and adds active cruise control, surround view cameras, heated leather seats and mirrors, a motion activated power tailgate, driver’s seat position memory, ambient interior lighting, and a Bose audio system. New this year are standard heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. The Moonroof Package features a panoramic moonroof for $1,420.

Also new for 2018 is the Midnight Edition styling package for $1,395. As the name suggests, this dark styling theme includes black 20-inch wheels, black exterior accents and mirror housings, black roof rails, and black splash guards.

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The Murano’s most luxurious trim, priced at $42,995, features all of the previously optional equipment (save for the Midnight Edition package) and adds ventilated front seats, 20-inch wheels, power tilt and telescopic steering (with memory position system integration), LED headlights, and a power folding second-row seats. Nissan’s connected services, which can work through Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, can be used to start the Murano remotely, control the locks, lights, and horn, schedule dealer services, and can also be used to set up customizable alerts to monitor the vehicle’s activity such as position and speed.

There are no available option packages featured on this trim level.

CarsDirect Tip

Even though the base S trim is well equipped, the SV trim with the Premium Package brings desirable safety and convenience features that help solidify the Murano as a competent, stylish family crossover.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Nissan Murano retains its sharp design, creamy ride, and reasonably good fuel economy while adding a number of standard advanced safety features. But the continuously variable transmission (CVT) favors efficiency over performance, base model interiors look low-rent, while those edgy styling touches aren't for everyone.

Best Value

Starting at $31,775 for a front-wheel-drive base Murano S, prices rise to $45,200 for an all-wheel-drive Platinum model in optional Pearl White – with SV and SL trims in between. A single engine and transmission is offered in either front- or all-wheel drive.

Base models come with the usual power features plus an eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, satellite radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, LED taillights and daytime running lights, and a rearview camera, with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking added this year.

With one engine and transmission, the choice comes down to feature set. We'd pass on the base S but stop short of the SL with its less-than-premium leather seats and opt for the SV, which adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an auto-dimming inside mirror, and power front seats, plus access to a number of luxury and advanced safety features.

Here's how we'd build it:

  • Model: 2018 Nissan Murano SV
  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Output: 260 hp / 240 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Continuously variable transmission
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 21 City / 28 Hwy
  • Options: Premium Package ($2,790, 18-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, panoramic moonroof, Bose audio system, heated front seats and outside mirrors, around-view monitor, driver attention alert, and adaptive cruise control).
  • Base Price:$36,675 (including the $975 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$39,465


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The front strut/rear multilink suspension delivers a composed, comfortable ride, while the CVT maintains the engine's sweet spot between power and fuel efficiency. At the same time, the old school hydraulic steering setup is nicely weighted with a pleasant on-center "dead spot" for serene highway cruising.

Things are far from perfect, as the 20-inch wheels found on Platinum models compromise ride quality, there's quite a bit of body lean in corners, and, despite fixed ratio points when pushed, acceleration is leisurely. At the same time, the AWD system is more suited for poor weather than off roading, while the Murano's 1,500-pound tow rating is low compared to competitors.


Styling touches, like a floating roof, aggressive wheel arches, and bold creases, set it apart from the crowd, while a low dash offers excellent outward visibility. Hooded gauges give it a sporty feel, while, along with a natural driving position, there's plenty of headroom for tall front-seat occupants as well as two passengers in back.

On the flip side, the deeply sculpted outboard rear seats mean an uncomfortable center hump for a third passenger, the standard suede-like cloth looks unimpressive, and even the leather quality in top trims lags behind the competition.

The Best and Worst Things

The Murano's sharp design, comfortable ride, and safety features are impressive, but upper trims lack a number of true luxury touches, while the CVT underscores the Murano's colorless driving character.

Right For? Wrong For?

Nissan Murano

The Murano's comfortable ride, decent fuel economy, and wide range of standard and available safety technologies should appeal to families.

A V6 short on power paired to a fun-sucking CVT will likely keep enthusiasts at bay.

The Bottom Line

While it's hardly fun to drive, a comfortable ride, extensive feature set, and a wide range of standard and available advanced safety systems make the 2018 Nissan Murano a good choice for many buyers.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 260 HP / 240 ft.lbs.
Xtronic 2-spd CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 260 HP / 240 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
67.0 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
108 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
192.4 "
Exterior Width
75.4 "
Exterior Height
66.6 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.8 "
Front Legroom
40.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,769 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles

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