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PROS
  • High quality interior materials and unique design features
  • Exceptionally comfortable front seats
  • Right balance of power and fuel efficiency
  • Spacious rear seats that accommodate passengers and car seats with equal ease
CONS
  • Modest cargo capacity limits practicality
  • Can't tow heavy weekend toys like some competitors
  • Funky exterior design creates compromised outward visibility
  • Advanced safety features are only available on upper trim levels

Powered by a 3.5l V6, the car-based Nissan Murano offers space for only five passengers, but compensates with a compliant ride and excellent build quality.

For 2017, the Nissan Murano adds Apple CarPlay functionality and a drowsy driver warning system.

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TRIMS & EQUIPMENT

The 2017 Nissan Murano crossover is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. Front-wheel drive comes standard; all-wheel drive is optional.

The base S comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque), a continuously variable transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, LED running lights, rear privacy glass, keyless entry and ignition, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, smartphone app integration, a 7-inch color touchscreen interface, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, and USB and auxiliary audio jacks.

The S is offered with an optional navigation package that consists of an 8-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, a navigation system, HD radio and an additional USB port.

Moving up to the SV brings the navigation package features as well as remote engine start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, roof rails, foglights and power-adjustable front seats. An optional Premium package for the SV adds a panoramic sunroof and an 11-speaker Bose audio system.

The SL model includes the Bose audio system plus heated side mirrors, driver seat/mirror memory settings, a blind-spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 360-degree parking camera system, ambient interior lighting, a power liftgate and a new drowsy driver warning system.

The top-line Murano Platinum is loaded with the above features plus 20-inch alloy wheels, a power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel, LED headlights, additional memory settings, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, and power-folding rear seats. The SL and Platinum are offered with a Technology package that includes the panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking.

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INTERIOR

Big effort was spent to increase the interior quality in this Murano. Top trims offer interior materials similar to what you'll find in Infiniti models. Leather adorns most surfaces, and built-in lighting is striking. Some unconventional design choices, but none results in loss of functionality.

There isn't much the Murano doesn't offer if you're willing to pay for the pricier trim levels. Everything from advanced safety technologies to a full-featured navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen.

Not the largest cargo area in the class, but not the smallest either. The Murano is similar to its main rivals with a wide, flat opening at the rear that's able to swallow a solid chunk of luggage without infringing on the second row. A lack of small item storage space up front is a big drawback.

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PERFORMANCE & HANDLING

The 260-hp engine is more than adequate to propel this midsize SUV. The V6's pairing with a CVT is easy-driving, quiet and responsive. We measured a 0-to-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds, about average for the class. Noise suppression and refinement levels under hard acceleration are also about average.

Nissan's pairing of a powerful V6 with a continuously variable transmission gives the Murano all the quickness and responsiveness it needs. Press the gas pedal even a little bit and you get an immediate response from the under the hood.

The Murano accelerates like most other V6-powered crossovers in the class. It's not quick, but it easily merges into highway traffic. Its continuously variable transmission balances performance and efficiency; the suspension leans toward comfort. A solid all-around performer, but not sporty.

A middle-of-the-road performer in this category. Not overly soft, but not uncomfortably stiff either. It feels hunkered to the road, so it gives the driver a feeling of confidence. Hit a bump and you'll feel it, but it's not so jarring that you'll find the ride objectionable.

Nissan's pairing of a powerful V6 with a continuously variable transmission gives the Murano all the quickness and responsiveness it needs. Press the gas pedal even a little bit and you get an immediate response from the under the hood.

VERDICT

The 2017 Nissan Murano is a versatile five-passenger midsize crossover with ample room for all passengers. It's a smart choice if you want an upscale, V6-powered vehicle without the luxury brand premium.

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