Nissan has refreshed their mid-sized toro crossover for the 2019 model year to try and keep it current, because this segment is really heating up in 2019, we’ll be getting an all-new Honda Passport.
An all-new, Chevy, Blazer and, of course, that’s on top of the recently redesigned Hyundai Santa Fe. In a nutshell, this segment is for shoppers that are looking for a little bit more room, especially a little bit more room in the back. A little bit more luxury, and perhaps a little bit more performance, then is provided with the average compact crossover. But at the same time, they’re not interested in stepping up to a three row cross over like a Highlander or a Volkswagen Atlas. 2019 is refreshed, not a redesigned for the Murano.
So the basics of this are the same as the 2018 model year, but they have given it a new look up front. It is reminiscent of the old model, but they’ve actually changed the bumper they’ve, given us new, full LED headlamps. These are LED reflectors and kind of this interesting style with swoops on the inside, and then we have LED fog, lamps down below that are optional, well, integrated parking, sensors and then this strong chrome V grill that we find in the rest of the Nissan lineup at One hundred ninety two point four inches long. This is notably longer than the average compact crossover in America, even though this is still a two row vehicle.
Most of that extra room goes to a combination of the hood and the interior pastor Department right here, because the cargo area, as we’ll see in a bit is not actually that much larger than the average compact crossover now. Some of that is due to the overall design because we get this, definitely raked rear window design like we see in the Lexus RX, and actually this reminds me a little bit overall of the Lexus RX, just in a slightly more affordable package in terms of overall Comparative lengths, this is actually about the same length as a toda Highlander, and it’s actually on the longer side. For this two row, midsize crossover segment moving to the rear, we find more LEDs. These are full LED tail lamps, not combination elements like we find in some of the less expensive vehicles out there.
So even the amber turn signals that are flashing over here are LED reflector elements. We own then have LED reflector elements over here on the lift gate. As well, the overall style mirrors going on up front. It’s not too big of a departure from the outgoing Murano, but there are a few tweaks here and there.
Let me know what you think about the overall design down there in the comment section below I’m not entirely sure what I think about these taillight modules that appear to bulge out a little bit from the body. The Murano is one of the first Nissan’s in America to get their new safety system that they’re calling safety shield 360. This combines autonomous emergency braking blind spot warning, lane, keeping assistance, rear, autonomous, braking, Auto high beams and pedestrian detection. Now, unlike some of the competition, this safety system is not standard on the Murano, and I was actually a little bit surprised by that, because, basically, these same technologies are standard on the Hyundai Santa Fe and the upcoming Honda Pilot.
If you get the SL trim, it is available as an option package. If you get the Platinum trim, then it becomes standard on the Murano and it works with the radar sensor down there at the bottom of the bumper and a camera right here behind the windscreen. In addition to that, you can also get a 360-degree camera system, which is one of the technologies that Nissan helped pioneer and you’ll find a little camera right there below the Nissan logo. For that, as well as cameras underneath each of the side view mirrors.
In addition to getting more room in your midsize crossover, one of the other reasons to step up into a Murano is for more power under the hood or, if you simply want a v6 instead of an inline four-cylinder engine under here, we find one of Nissan’s tried-and-true. 3.5 liter v6 engines. It remains basically unchanged from 2018. It still produces 260 horsepower and 240 pound feet of torque. It’s mated by default to a continuously variable automatic transmission and you could choose all-wheel drive if you want to regardless of whether you to start wheel, driver all-wheel, drive, fuel economy comes in the same 24 miles per gallon.
Combined. Nissan has a well deserved reputation for making very comfortable seats, and the Murano is no exception, although it is worth noting that these seats are not as adjustable as some of the competition. The electric lumbar support, and even this essentially top-end trim is still a two-way variety. Not a four-way variety and we have a manual tilt telescopic steering column with a slightly smaller range of motion than in some of the competition.
It’s also worth noting that the passenger seat does not have the same range of motion as the driver’s seat. It is lacking that two-way adjustable lumbar, but that said, I am still going to give these seats 9 out of 10 points, because the overall design is very comfortable for my body shape. The rear passenger compartment is where the Murano really shines in this segment, because at eighty two point three inches of combined legroom. This rear passenger area is huge for this category.
It is class-leading. We also have an enormous amount of headroom. Our model does have the panoramic moonroof and I still have about an inch and a half of overall Headroom left the rear seats recline as you’d expect in this category. There’s a little bit of webbing right here on the seat side and we do have a decent amount of recline motion scooting over to the middle seat.
The rear bench is definitely wide and flat, making it a lot easier to put three adults across the back and scooting all the way over to the right side of the vehicle. You can see that I still have a decent amount of legroom left over here. As I frequently say, one of the big reasons that you might want to consider getting a vehicle with more legroom like this is, if you want to put especially rear-facing child seats behind taller adults up front, because extra combined legroom is going to give you more legroom. For those rear-facing child seats rear seat, passengers also enjoy a revised center console with a USBC charging, port, optional, outboard seat heating and, of course, two air vents at the bottom.
It’s clear that when designing the Murano Nissan was going after a stylish exterior design and, of course, focusing on rear passenger accommodations and that’s why we seem to find a little bit less cargo room back here than in some of the larger options in the segment. Like the Ford Edge now, the overall style here is important, because the Ford Edge has a more vertical rear hatch, which allows it to swallow several cubic feet more than the Murano at 32.1 cubic feet. Overall, this cargo area is actually smaller than some compact crossovers in America, which are actually smaller vehicles. Overall, under the cargo area load floor, we do find a spare tire.
So, if that’s something that you’re looking for and you’re, not finding in the compact category, you will find it in the Murano and it does look like there’s enough room back here to put a full-size spare. If you wanted to taking a quick look around the interior. Keep in mind that we are in essentially a fully loaded model. We have this large panoramic moonroof, although it is not quite as large as some of the newer designs in this segment, so it doesn’t go quite over there to the rear passengers.
Heads the overall interior design is substantially similar to other Nissan products. We have height adjustable shoulder belts and two-way adjustable headrests. For this angle, you can see that the front seats are definitely thickly cushioned. We have some contrasting sections of material right here, so we have leather faces imitation leather.
This is sort of a sparkly material here. If you can’t really see that on camera and then white stitching around the seat back and bottom cushions are perforated because seat ventilation is an option, although this particular vehicle does not have it as you’d expect. Out of a step above your average rav4 or crv, we find a few more soft touch materials on the front doors. Then we find into less expensive vehicle.
So a soft touch upper section there on the door, soft touch middle section, and then we get this sort of brushed steel. Imitation trim right here on the door, all zoom in, so you can see that a little bit better. This is not real metal. This is actually sort of a lacquer coated plastic, but it does imitate metal very well, and I think this is actually little bit more convincing than some of the trims that we saw in the Murano cabin when this vehicle first launched a number of years ago.
That trim goes from the doors on over to the dashboard and sort of a belt style motif right. There circling around the dashboard. We then have a soft touch: injection molded dashboard component, a fairly small bin style, glove compartment. This would not be able to fit a larger tablet, computer and then a general dashboard design.
That definitely goes with the other nissan crossovers in america, or these two air vents right there, a standard, eight inch, color infotainment screen right there and then a two zone automatic climate control below at the bottom of the center console. We get the engine start/stop button, USB inputs for that multimedia system, including a USB C media input, auxilary input, 12-volt power, port, small storage, cubby right there with two large cupholders behind and then a fairly traditional console shifter over here. This is also where we would find the controls for the heated or ventilated seats, depending on the options your vehicle was equipped with between the front seats. We find more of that imitation brushed steel trim right there on either side of this armrest of some soft touch material right there on either side.
For you to rest, your arms on this opens to reveal a very large and deep storage cubby. The instrument cluster remains basically the same as before. We have a tachometer on the Left speedometer on the right and then a color multifunction display in the middle. This display gives us our pretty typical trip computer information as well as allows us to change certain vehicle settings and displays the status of the vehicles active safety systems.
Unfortunately, we don’t get one of Nissan numerous steering-wheel, so this is still a forest book designed with some very minor sport grips up top. On the left side, we find a button to controlled that multi function, LCD right there buttons to change the source volume up/down, and then this toggle serves a few different functions. You can actually change tracks with it or you can use it to interact with that. Multi function LCD right there.
We then have the controls of the radar adaptive cruise control over here on the right. Overall, acceleration is pretty average for a higher horsepower option in this segment. We expect around the same 7.2 seconds that we saw in the last murano that we drove that’s, because nothing really under the hood has changed. We still have that same 3.5.
Liter v6. We have the same continuously variable transmission, basically, as with Nissan’s other CV T’s. This transmission does imitate shifts as you accelerate. Unfortunately, that does detract from the overall acceleration score.
However, this would actually be faster, zero to 60 if it just varied. The ratios, like CV T’s, used to, unfortunately, a lot of people out there, like those imitation shifts and that’s why Nissan is doing them in their latest vehicles in terms of overall acceleration figures that puts this in square competition to the two-liter turbo that we find optional Under the hood of the Hyundai Santa Fe and standard in the Ford Edge, there should be right around the same 0 to 60 time as a base Jeep Grand Cherokee as well. We don’t have official breaking scores yet, but based on the curb weight of the Murano, which is on the low side for this segment and the fact that we have 235 with tires on this particular model, I’m gon na guess this is going to be around the 120 foot range overall handling ability and handling feel is pretty comparable to the top-end trims of the Hyundai Santa Fe and those base trims of the Ford Edge. Keep in mind that the Hyundai Santa Fe starts considerably less than this.
So you have to work your way on up to the higher-end trims of the Santa Fe in order to get the same kind of acceleration and handling ability that we find in the Murano. That’s part of why the Murano is more expensive than that Hyundai model. We have electric power steering just like most new cars, so there’s not a whole lot of steering field going on, but the overall steering is fairly precise. If you want the best overall field, then I suggest stepping up into the all-wheel-drive model, because it does help reduce the amount of torque steer that we find in vehicles like this.
Now we don’t have quite as much torque out of this engine as we find in those 2 liter turbo competitors, but we also don’t have any turbo lag. As a result, the Murano has long been known for a quiet and comfortable ride, and that continues for the 2019 model. Giggle again, these seats are some of the most comfortable that you’ll find in this particular segment, and the overall ride is very well polished, even though we have the up level larger wheels. Now, if you want the smoothest ride, I would suggest getting the base model with those 18-inch wheels and tires.
One of the advantages to the overall drivetrain design in the Murano is high fuel economy, and you should expect notably higher fuel economy in this than comparable versions of especially the Hyundai Santa Fe. The Santa Fe feels fresher overall, I think, than the Murano, but it does fall behind in terms of overall fuel economy, especially if you get the optional 2 liter turbo. It’s been something that Hyundai has struggled with over the last few years is overall fuel economy, and this will be several miles per gallon, better, whether you’re talking about the front wheel, drive version or the all-wheel-drive version. It’s worth noting that that Hyundai, Santa Fe in top-end trim with all-wheel drive and the 2-liter turbo actually gets the same kind of fuel economy that you find in the Ford Edge ST and the edge st is considerably more powerful.
This, on the other hand, is considerably more fuel efficient. So if you’re taking a look at those Ford models, this is going to give you much better fuel efficiency for similar performance to the base, two-liter turbo and definitely better fuel efficiency than the edge st. The Murano isn’t about overt sportiness, although this is definitely faster than the Nissan Rogue. Instead, this is about being comfortable, being quiet, being more spacious on the inside, and that’s why a lot of people seem to be cross shopping this with the Lexus RX, because the two vehicles actually remind me a great deal of each other.
The overall way that the Murano is tuned is very Lexus like in that respect. We have a relatively quiet cabin, we have very comfortable seats and we have that same spaciousness that we find in the Lexus RX. If you’re after something that’s a little bit more dynamic, then there are other alternatives. If you’re looking for something a little bit less expensive again, there are other options as well, but if you’re looking for something that’s again a little bit bigger than the average compact crossover a little bit quieter and a little bit more comfortable, it’s hard to go wrong With the Murano and down to the nitty gritty, you’ll be able to buy one of these we’re told in December, so basically right now and they will start at 30 $ 1,270 that’ll get you the S, trim with front-wheel drive and cloth seats.
The minimum all-wheel drive price is thirty, two thousand eight hundred seventy, and if you want leather inside the cabin – and you probably will you’ll have to step up to the SL trim right like this one for thirty-nine thousand two hundred thirty. If you want all the options, the Platinum all-wheel drive model starts at 45,000 130. That puts the overall base price of the 2019 Murano about six thousand dollars higher than the Hyundai Santa Fe. But remember that we get a standard v6 engine under the hood, not the four-cylinder engine that we find in the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Now, on the downside, we don’t have the active safety technologies that you do find in that Hyundai standard on the Murano. You won’t find those optional until the SL trim and standard until the Platinum trim, which I do think is a little bit of a pity. But we do get that v6 engine standard, the high fuel economy and some of the basic active safety features in even that base trim. Now, on the other hand, this is significantly less expensive than a lexus rx350, which is actually a frequent cross shop with the Murano.
This is about twelve thousand dollars less. You will, of course, have to wait until we can get our hands on the Murano for a complete leak. In order for us to do our usual battery of comparisons. However, I can say right off the bat that if you like the Murano before you’re, going to love the 2019 Murano, we get all those added safety features available in the top-end trims.
We finally get the inclusion of apple carplay and android auto in the cabin something that a lot of people have really been looking for, and everything that was already great about the Murano is still there. It’s still very comfortable on the inside. The back seats are still very, very generous and we get more power than we find in Nissan’s. Smaller crossovers as well.
Performance is definitely a step above the rogue. So if you want more room for child seats in the back more comfortable seats, if you want more power under the hood, this is going to be an excellent option. But if you want even more power than this, then that is available in this segment as well. In entries, like the Ford Edge and the edge versus the Murano, that’s where things start to get complicated a little bit, because the edge doesn’t have the high fuel economy we find in this vehicle.
But it does give us significantly more power and better handling, be sure. And let me know what you think about that down there in the comment section below and let me know what you would pick if you were shopping in this two row: crossover segment. Would you get something like that Hyundai Santa Fe? Would you get the Nissan Murano for its more comfortable and more spacious interior, or would you get something like a Ford Edge, even though it is getting a little bit old in this segment.