PERFORMANCE AND FUEL ECONOMY
The Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 260 hp and 240 lb-ft and is backed by a CVT that routes power to the front wheels or to the optional all-wheel-drive system. The Murano delivers an EPA-rated 21/28 mpg city/highway in both front- and all-wheel drive systems. The 2015 Nissan Murano Platinum FWD (with the same engine as the 2020 model) hit 60 mph on 7.0 seconds and stopped from 60 mph in 120 feet in Motor Trend testing.
The NHTSA gave the 2021 Nissan Murano its highest five-star overall rating for the AWD model and a four-star overall rating for the FWD model. The 2021 Murano received the highest rating of Good for five crash tests the IIHS conducted and the highest rating of Superior for front crash prevention because the crossover avoided a 12 mph frontal collision and reduced speed in a 25 mph collision by 11 mph thanks to the standard emergency automatic braking and forward collision warning systems. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are standard on the SV trim and the SL trim gets adaptive cruise control.
UTILITY (CARGO SPACE AND INTERIOR ROOM)
The Murano’s cargo space with the rear seats up measures in at 32.1 cubic feet, and 67.0 cubic feet with the seats down. That is less than the Ford Edge’s 39.2 and 73.4 cubic feet, respectively, but the Murano offers a flatter load floor. The Murano’s front seats offer 40.5 inches of legroom and 38.7 inches for the rear seats. The Edge offers more with 42.6 inches for the front and 40.6 for the rear. However, in a comparison that included a Murano, Edge, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, we noted that the Murano had more legroom than the other cars: “The specs allege the Nissan to have the least rear legroom here … but our collective perspective says otherwise. Potential customers’ best course of action is checking everything in person.”