2021 Nissan Murano Earns Highest IIHS Safety Award

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, Automotive Editor - April 7, 2021

The 2021 Nissan Murano has earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) award by being named a Top Safety Pick+. The last time the Murano earned the Top Safety Pick+ award from the organization was for the 2016 model year, so this is a huge win for Nissan.

In the IIHS’ testing, the 2021 Murano aced all of the tests, getting the perfect score. It received a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests, had headlights that earned a “Good” rating as standard equipment across all trim levels, and earned a rating of “Superior” for its vehicle-to-pedestrian and vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems.

The 2021 Murano went above and beyond the IIHS’ criteria. Vehicles must earn a rating of “Good” in all six crash tests, earn an “Advanced” or “Superior” rating for its front crash prevention systems, and come with “Acceptable” or “Good” headlights as standard to win a Top Safety Pick+ award.

Nissan Murano

With the new rating, the Murano now sits alongside the Ford Explorer, Hyundai Palisade, Mazda CX-9, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander as other Top Safety Pick+ award winners. The Ford Edge, Kia Sorento, and Kia Telluride won the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick award. Overall Nissan has five award winners in its lineup, which include the Sentra, Altima, Maxima, and Rogue. All vehicles, except the Sentra, are Top Safety Pick+ award winners.

For the 2021 model year, Nissan now offers its Safety Shield 360 suite of advanced features as standard equipment. The suite includes automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, high-beam assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear automatic emergency braking. These features come in addition to forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, rear door alert, and driver drowsiness monitoring.

This is an impressive list of standard features for an SUV that starts at $33,760, making the Murano a great value option in the segment. Optional features on the midsize SUV include traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors, and a surround-view camera. Nissan has become one of the few brands on the market that offers a wide range of advanced safety features as standard.

This is the highest rating we’ve seen for the Murano in quite some time. The last time the IIHS named the midsize SUV a Top Safety Pick+ was back in 2016. In 2017, the Murano was downgraded to being a Top Safety Pick because of its “Poor” standard headlights. In 2018, the midsize SUV didn’t earn an award from the IIHS. 2019 and 2020 model years weren’t fully tested by the IIHS.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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