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Family-oriented SUV designed for highway rides

Price From $35,195 – To $46,745

by | Jun 10, 2023


The Nissan Murano has been in the crossover SUV market for almost two decades now. Combining sleek styling, refined comfort, and impressive performance, it was initially a great pick in this segment. However, the current Murano belongs to the third generation (Z52/P42M) of the lineup, which was launched back in 2014. So it’s evident that you won’t find the latest tech innovations in this vehicle.

In this comprehensive review, we will delve into the 2023 Nissan Murano, exploring its key features, engine, performance, driving experience, safety features, pricing, warranty, and overall value proposition. Whether you’re considering the Murano as your next vehicle or simply curious about its capabilities, this article will help you get an insight.

Handsome exterior styling
Plenty of safety and driver-assist features available as part of the standard package
Top trims unlock luxurious interior
Comfortable ride quality
Driving thrills are absent
Low towing capacity
Competitors offer more advanced features at a similar price point

Performance, Engine, and Comfort


The midsize SUV segment has a lot to offer in today’s market—it bridges the gap between cramped compact SUVs and massive full-sizes, comes at a reasonable price point, and is preferred by families. Unless you’re looking for excellent road thrills and driving demeanor, you’d be satisfied with the 2023 Nissan Murano’s engine and performance. The interior is comfortable enough, but the best specs are reserved for the higher trims.

Engine & Performance


Murano’s engine is made for the highway, which makes it a great choice for families who love to go on road trips often. The droning engine sound is an issue, but otherwise, there’s not much to complain about.


Under the hood of the Nissan Murano is a DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine. It’s not the most fuel efficient engine out there, but it’s particularly great for highway driving and promises a pleasant journey.


The engine pairs with continuously variable automatic transmission, and manual shifting mode is also available.


Murano’s suspension is impressive—it smoothes out road bumps to make the riding experience seamless. Four-wheel independent suspension is standard across all trims.


While driving on highways, the steering feels stable but it becomes less responsive on city roads. As for the steering wheel, you get a powered tilt and telescopic wheel with audio and cruise controls located on it.

Safety & Reliability


The 2023 Murano received a 5-star safety rating from NHTSA, and it was a part of IIHS’ Top Safety Pick+ last year. JD Power gave this SUV a score of 86/100. The automaker has kept driver’s and passengers’ safety in mind, which is evident from its long list of standard features.


Murano is equipped with front and rear ventilated disc brakes.


The vehicle comes with front and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, and knee airbags, and passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation as part of the standard safety suite.


Nissan has included a large number of standard features, including 4-wheel ABS, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, accident avoidance system, driver attention alert, emergency braking preparation, child safety lock, and anti-theft alarm system.


The standard package includes LED headlamp, daytime running lights, front fog lights, and dusk sensing headlamps.

Traction control

Traction control is a part of this vehicle’s standard safety features, so you can maintain wheel traction even while driving through slippery roads.

Fuel Economy


In 2023, automakers are trying to bump up the efficiency of SUVs. But unfortunately, Nissan falls short in this department—the fuel economy is subpar, and there is no form of electrification available to make up for it.

Engine size 

The SUV is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine which generates 260 hp @ 6000 rpm and 240 lb-ft of torque @ 4400 rpm.

Gas per mileage consumption

As per EPA, Murano is expected to offer 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. The numbers aren’t at all remarkable, more so when the market is brimming with more efficient options.



There is not much to say about Murano’s interior. It’s designed with convenience in mind, and manages to offer a comfortable experience for long rides. The infotainment system is not the best out there, and the overall cabin design appears to be archaic. In 2023, most newly launched cars will have a tech-heavy cabin with futuristic designs. In comparison, Murano falls short heavily. We are looking forward to seeing some changes in the upcoming version of the vehicle next year.


The two-row setup of Nissan Murano comes with soft leather upholstery, armrest, and dark wood trimmings. The front seats have thick cushioning, 40.5 inches of legroom, and power-adjusted and height-adjustable bucket seats for extra comfort. Multi-level heating is also available for both the driver’s and passenger’s seats. The reclining rear seats are equally cozy and come with 38.7 inches of legroom.


The Nissan Murano has a simple design in the cabin, with plenty of elements to keep you comfortable during long journeys. However, the aesthetics and the design look outdated—a facelift is much needed to make the lineup attractive to present buyers.


The vehicle comes with the NissanConnect 8-inch infotainment display unit with speakers, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB connection, and satellite radio.

Overall height and space

This midsize SUV is 192.8 inches long, 75.4 inches wide, and 67.8 inches in height. The wheelbase is 111.2 inches, and it has a ground clearance of 6.9 inches.

Trunk space

When all seats are upright, Murano has 32.1 inches of cargo space.

Price and Extras


In a market dominated by the likes of Jeep Grand Cherokee and Honda Passport, Murano attempts to stand out, but fails to do so. Its aging design and tech screams for an upgrade. If you’re looking for a value-for-money option, refrain from shelling extra on the top trims of this lineup.

Market Price

Nissan Murano is available in 4 trim levels currently—S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The middle trim SV seems to be the most logical choice among all, if we consider the price point and the list of offerings. Since this aging midsize SUV is competing with a bunch of newly-launched vehicles which are way more tech savvy and comfortable, it doesn’t make sense to go for the higher trims of Murano.

Trim Level  Base Price 
S $35,195
SV $38,735
SL $42,695
Platinum $46,745


Front-wheel drive is the standard setup across all trim levels. But you can get all-wheel drive with any of the trims, if that’s your preference.


The warranty offering is pretty basic—you get a 3-year or 36,000 miles limited warranty and roadside assistance, along with a 5-year or 60,000 miles powertrain warranty and rust warranty. Nissan doesn’t offer complimentary maintenance, nor does it match the 10-year powertrain warranty that some competitors are offering.


The vehicle can tow a maximum up to 1500 pounds, which is not exactly impressive for a midsize SUV.


Overall, the 2023 Nissan Murano proves to be a reliable option for families seeking a comfortable and spacious ride. Its seamless handling and simple interior add to the overall enjoyable driving experience. However, despite its practicality, the Murano falls short in terms of providing a thrilling driving experience, often feeling rather bland on the road. Its suitability for city cruising is somewhat limited, and the design and features of the Murano would greatly benefit from an upgrade to keep up with the evolving automotive market. While the Murano may tick certain boxes for family-oriented buyers, those seeking excitement or urban agility might need to explore other options like Hyundai Santa Fe or Jeep Grand Cherokee.