- Spacious interior
- Comfortable ride
- Lots of standard safety tech
- Plenty of body roll
- Dated infotainment system
- Needlessly heavy low-speed steering
Nissan Murano Expert Review
One of the original car-based SUVs, the Nissan Murano slots above the compact Rogue and below the three-row Pathfinder. The Murano has been around since 2003 and is now in its third generation; front-wheel drive comes standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
We like the Nissan Murano for its spacious interior, which easily accommodates four adults and plenty of cargo. In a 2019 First Test, we also noted that the 260-hp V-6 provides plenty of power while the suspension offers a comfortable ride over broken pavement. The soft suspension tuning, however, leads to plenty of body roll. Its numb steering lacks precision and gets unnecessarily heavy at low speeds. Despite its recent refresh, the Murano is showing its age with its low-resolution surround view camera system and infotainment graphics.
The 2020 Nissan Murano is powered exclusively by a 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque paired to a CVT. Regardless of the drivetrain configuration, the 2020 Murano is EPA-rated at 20/28 mpg city/highway.
In NHTSA testing, the 2020 Nissan Murano received a five-star overall rating (out of five stars).
The 2020 Murano received a Good score on all crashworthiness categories in IIHS evaluations (Good is the highest score). In the front crash prevention test, the Murano received a Superior rating for nearly avoiding a 12-mph collision and reducing a 25-mph impact by 11 mph (Superior is the highest rating).
Forward collision warning, driver attention monitoring, rear door alert and automatic emergency braking come standard on all models. Nissan Safety Shield 360 comes standard on the SV trim and higher, adding blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, pedestrian detection, rear automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams and rear cross-traffic alert. The rest of the Safety Shield 360 suite is available as part of the Technology package for the base S trim. Adaptive cruise control comes standard on the SL and Platinum grades.
With all seats in place, the 2020 Nissan Murano has 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space and can be expanded to 67.0 cubic feet. Variants with the available panoramic sunroof drops capacity to 31.1 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up or 65.0 cubic feet with them down.
The 2020 Nissan Murano has generous legroom at 40.5 inches for front seat passengers and 38.7 inches in the rear seats.
All 2020 Nissan Murano trims come with the NissanConnect infotainment system featuring an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto standard. Onboard navigation and an 11-speaker Bose audio system are standard on the SL and Platinum grades. A 7.0-inch gauge cluster display comes standard on all models.
2020 Nissan Murano S: The base Murano S comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, LED headlights, Four USB ports (two type-As and two type-Cs), cloth upholstery and keyless entry/start.
2020 Nissan Murano SV: Moving up to the SV trim adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote start, power-adjustable front seats and rear parking sensors.
2020 Nissan Murano SL: The SL trim adds 20-inch alloy wheels, heated front and seats, interior ambient lighting, front parking sensors, traffic sign recognition, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, LED fog lights and the Around View Monitor (the surround-view camera system).
2020 Nissan Murano Platinum: Range-topping Platinum models get semi-aniline leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power-operated tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof.
Features like the Around View Monitor, LED fog lights, front parking sensors, and heated front seats are available on the SV as part of the Premium package.