The 2021 Nissan Murano will be a carryover model for the upcoming model year. The Murano has not been redesigned since the 2015 model year and is one of the automaker’s oldest vehicles. In the red hot midsize SUV segment, keeping the Murano’s design and list of features stagnant for six years doesn’t bode well for its competitiveness.
The current third-gen Murano arrived on the scene in 2015 wearing a major redesign over its predecessor. Compared to the 2014 Murano, the 2015 model year featured Nissan’s V-Motion grille, sharper headlights with LED daytime running lights, radically designed taillights, a new liftgate, and a floating roof design. Overall, Nissan went from a safe design to fitting the Murano with muscular, flowing lines for a bold look.
On the inside, the 2015 Murano received major updates, as well. The center stack was redesigned to accommodate a larger touchscreen and buttons for the HVAC system were placed in more accessible areas. The instrument cluster was redesigned to accommodate a 7-inch screen, while Nissan’s comfy Zero Gravity seats made an appearance. Higher trims came with leather upholstery, an 11-speaker Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and 20-inch wheels.
In 2018, Nissan bolstered the Murano’s standard list of tech features. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking became standard throughout the entire lineup. The SV trim gained rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring. Moving up to the SL grade brought adaptive cruise control as a standard feature. We expect all of these safety features to carry over for the 2021 Murano.
While other midsize SUVs have moved toward turbocharged four-cylinder engines, the current Murano continues to make do with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Power is rated at 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard for the Murano, as is front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. Towing capacity for the Murano is rated at 1,500 pounds, well behind the majority of competitors. We expect the Murano’s powertrain to remain the same for the 2021 model year.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety hasn’t crash tested the 2020 Murano yet. In the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s testing, the SUV received a five-star overall safety rating. Standard safety features on the Murano include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear-seat reminder, and driver drowsiness monitoring. Available features include blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a surround-view camera.