The 2018 Nissan Murano could be an option for you if a typical crossover SUV looks too boring. Starting from the exterior, the slender roofline and the dramatic curve gives the Murano a distinctive style. Inside, the interior is luxurious thanks to high quality materials, comfortable front seats, attractive modern design, and many standard comfort features. Furthermore, the combination of standard V6 engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) offers impressive fuel savings.
Even so, the 2018 Nissan Murano falls in the cargo space as a whole when compared to its competitors, and its simple towing capability makes it less suited for those who need an SUV that can pull trailers and boats. But overall, the Murano is the right choice for a top-class and comfortable five-passenger crossover that gives the style a bit more distinction.
Trim and Features
The 2018 Nissan Murano is a midsize crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum.
Standard equipment for the base S include keyless entry and ignition, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED running lights, automatic headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Standard tech features include an 8-inch touchscreen interface, a navigation system, Bluetooth, a USB port for rear passengers, a six-speaker sound system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio, CD player, auxiliary audio jacks and USB port.
The 2018 Nissan Murano SV adds remote engine start, foglights, roof rails, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power-adjustable front seats. Optional Premium package for the SV includes a drowsy driver warning system a 360-degree parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors and front seats and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.
The 2018 Nissan Murano SL include the SV options plus a hands-free liftgate, heated side mirrors, ambient interior lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, leather upholstery and driver-seat memory settings. A panoramic sunroof is optional.
The Murano Platinum includes the SL features along with 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable steering wheel with memory setting and power-folding rear seats. Also standard is a NissanConnect telematics, which include automatic collision notification to emergency services and customizable alerts.
Optional Midnight Edition package for SL trims adds special 20-inch wheels, a blacked-out finish on grille, sill plates, roof rails, lower bumper accents, mirror caps, and side moldings.
Under the hood, the 2018 Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. A Continuously variable transmission (CVT) are standard, and you can get either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. EPA estimated fuel economy stands at 24 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway) for both FWD and AWD, which is better than most competing crossover SUV with V6 engines.
In performance testing, the 2018 Nissan Murano Platinum front-wheel-drive accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 7.5-second. About average for a midsize crossover. Properly equipped, the Nissan Murano can tow up to 1,500 pounds, which is less than the Grand Cherokee or Ford Edge.
The seats may be not the first thing you notice when you go inside, but they will leave a distinctive impression. Nissan calls them “Zero Gravity”, because they are designed to contour to the position the body assumes in zero gravity. These are among the best seats available and they strongly support the mid and lower backs.
The rest of the cabin is also impressive. Although it is not actually sold in glossy imitation wood trim, all materials are high in quality and soft to the touch. The overall effect is not like the Infiniti, but the 2018 Nissan Murano large cabin gives the impression of roomy.
For utilities, the 2018 Nissan Murano offers 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and 67.0 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. It’s a sufficient amount, and the wide Murano makes it easy to load items or grocery bags.
Release Date and Price
Official pricing will start from $31,525 (including a $975 destination fee) for the base S and $34,825 for the SV trim. The SL trim start at $39,225 and most luxurious Platinum trim, priced at $42,995.