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2021 Nissan Murano

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3.1 (Good)

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2021 S 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $32,810
2021 S 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $34,360
2021 SV 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $35,940
2021 SV 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $37,490
2021 SL 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $40,310
2021 SL 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $41,860
2021 Platinum 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $44,360
2021 Platinum 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $45,910


What's New

There are minor changes to Nissan’s mid-range SUV for 2021, including the introduction of the Safety Shield 360 system with rear automatic braking. Murano SV models have a new Special Edition package replacing the old SV Premium pack, and there are new exterior paint colors across this four-trim range.

Choosing Your Nissan Murano

With one engine, two drivetrains, and four trims, the 2021 Murano range starts at $33,760 (all prices include destination) for the front-drive S. Adding all-wheel drive is a $1,550 option on every model. SV trim starts at $36,890, SL is $41,260 and Platinum models are available from $45,210.

Engine Choices

The Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, generating 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. This is supplied to the front wheels as standard (or all four wheels as an upgrade) through a CVT transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 28 mpg highway, and 23 combined.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined)
3.5 V6260 hp240 lb-ft20/28/23 MPG

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater Murano stands at 32.1 cu ft with the rear seats in place, and 67 cu ft once they’re dropped. Adding a moonroof drops these figures slightly to 31.1 and 65 cu ft respectively.

Safety Features

Every Murano features eight airbags including dedicated knee ‘bags for the driver and passenger, with pedestrian detection underpinning automatic emergency braking both forwards and backwards.

There’s a forward collision warning system and intelligent lane intervention, blind-spot, and cross-traffic alerts. There’s a dynamic traction control system, and high beam assist is standard. However, entry-level S models receive rear sonar and basic cruise control, whereas other models have intelligent cruise control plus sonar at both ends of the car.


An eight-inch color touchscreen is standard across the Murano range, with NissanConnect services including smartphone integration, voice recognition, hands-free messaging and a six-speaker CD audio system.

By the time you reach SL trim, the latter has given way to an 11-speaker Bose system with twin subwoofers, alongside door-to-door navigation. Every model has AUX, USB and USB-C ports, satellite radio, and illuminated audio controls on the steering wheel.

Murano S – From $33,760

The most affordable Murano has a fairly basic specification, though its five-seater cabin does receive dual-zone climate with rear vents and rear privacy glass.

There’s keyless entry and push-button ignition alongside remote front window opening, while the car’s exterior benefits from automatic LED headlights, power mirrors and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

There are no packages on S models.

Murano SV – From $36,890

There are noticeable improvements on SV trim compared to S, with intelligent cruise control, LED fog lights and heated outside mirrors joining speed-sensing windshield wipers and front sonar. Intelligent climate control includes remote engine start functionality, there’s ten-way power, and two-way lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat with four-way power for the front passenger, and leather across the steering wheel and shift knob.

This is the only model available with the Special Edition Package. Costing $2,530, it includes 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a dual-pane panoramic moonroof. The leatherette seats are heated in the front, and an intelligent around-view monitor provides additional safety.

Murano SL – From $41,260

There’s a jump of over $4,300 between SV and SL, with the latter benefiting from navigation including live traffic updates. SL buyers receive a powerful 11-speaker Bose audio system, full leather seating and a heated steering wheel.

There’s memory for the outside mirror positions, heating for the front and rear outboard seats, ambient LED lighting for the cabin and a motion-activated liftgate for people approaching the car with their hands full.

It’s possible to add a moonroof for $1,420, but otherwise, there are no packages on the SL trim.

Murano Platinum – From $45,210

Riding on 20-inch dark silver aluminum-alloy wheels, Platinum models are the only Muranos to come with a dual-pane panoramic moonroof as standard.

The tilt-and-telescope steering column has power control and memory while the wheel itself is clad in smooth leather, and the semi-aniline leather seats are heated and cooled in the front.

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CarsDirect Tip

With S trim too basic and Platinum not justifying its premium, mid-tier Muranos represent the best choice. The SV has essential safety features, but the SL’s creature comforts will appeal to high-mileage drivers, audiophiles, and buyers in cold northern states.

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Expert Review

  • Spacious, supportive seats
  • Pleasant styling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Strong standard features
  • Subpar cargo capacity
  • Mediocre fuel economy
  • Frustrating CVT
  • Getting old
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

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: 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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More tech than ever. The 2021 Nissan Murano is back for its sixth year on the market. As a midsize crossover, the Murano slots between the Rogue and the Pathfinder in the Nissan ecosystem. We expect a redesign in the next year or two, but this year’s Murano does its best to keep up with the market by adding a slew of standard technology.

The biggest addition is the brand’s Safety Shield 360 bundle, which was previously optional. Included are advanced safety features like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise controls, and blind-spot monitors. The latter are a particularly welcome addition, as the Murano’s chunky rear pillars can make visibility a challenge.

To appeal to modern buyers, the Murano emphasizes infotainment. Every model gets an eight-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and both rows get USB ports. For the price, that’s a strong kit for a base model.

Comfortable cabin. The good news continues in the seating, which is supportive and spacious. Second-row passengers get almost 39 inches of legroom, which is average for the class but more than enough for most adults. An optional panoramic sunroof cuts into headroom, and three adults may find the shoulder room a squeeze in the back.

Sound deadening makes the cabin serene, and materials quality is generally good. The dash styling isn’t very imaginative, but it puts all the necessary controls in the right places. No one will mistake the Murano for a Mercedes, but it doesn’t feel cheap inside, either.

While room for passengers is good, cargo capacity is less impressive. The Murano starts with 32.1 cubic feet of storage, which opens up to 67 with the seats folded. Both numbers are low for the class, and a Honda Passport exceeds the Murano’s max capacity by about 10 cu ft.

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Middling performance. The Murano soldiers on with a single powertrain option, a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6. It’s peppy enough around town, but the Murano’s two-ton weight can make highway passes a challenge. Towing capacity is a measly 1,500 pounds.

The only transmission option is a CVT, which isn’t a particularly good example of the breed. It feels disconnected at times, and tends to drone more than a typical automatic. The CVT isn’t enough to rescue the Murano’s fuel economy, either — the Murano maxes out at 23 mpg combined. The Hyundai Santa Fe starts at 25 mpg combined, and the hybrid Toyota Venza an impressive 39.

The Murano makes amends with its suspension, which is tuned for comfort and composure. There are no fancy adaptive dampers here, but the softly sprung chassis swallows up bumps with ease, even with the larger wheel options.

Widely customizable. The Murano lineup covers a wide price range of around $15,000 across four trims. On the outside, the only difference is the wheels — we like the Murano shape, and it looks good regardless of rim size.

On the inside, upper trims swap in leather upholstery and more sophisticated tech. We’re not convinced that they’re worth it. As the price approaches $40,000, the Murano faces stiff competition like the Volvo XC60. Even among mainstream brands, the Murano is up against newer rivals like the cheaper Santa Fe and the practical Passport.

The best argument in the Murano’s favor is its standard feature set, especially now that the safety tech is included. For best value, we’d recommend sticking to the base trim and adding all-wheel drive if necessary.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Murano remains a decent contender among midsize crossovers, and we’re glad to see the latest batch of standard features. But the Murano’s flaws — a lackluster powertrain and poor cargo capacity — keep it from standing out. When the competition is fierce, being average isn’t good enough.

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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 sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
20 / 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
20 / 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
192.8 "
Exterior Width
75.4 "
Exterior Height
67.8 "
Front Headroom
39.9 "
Rear Headroom
39.8 "
Front Legroom
40.5 "
Rear Legroom
38.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,823 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat 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 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/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
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning With Aeb Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Warning (bsw) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Intelligent Lane Intervention (i-li) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Automatic Emergency Braking With Pedestrian Detection (p-aeb) Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Intelligent Driver Alertness (i-da) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist (hba) Auto High-beam
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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