2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD: Nissan Gets Wild–really wild!

9 Jan 2016 | 953 views | No Comment
By Don Hammonds First point. This car is not for the shy. And it definitely is not for those who want to blend into the background scenery. Nissan's 2015 Murano is front and center, baby, and if that makes you uncomfortable, well...better move on. Nissan announces 2016 Murano U.S. pricing And if  if you do move on, you will miss one oft his year's most arresting designs, with an interior to die for, and some pretty darn good gas mileage figures to boot.  You will also miss some pretty fine road manners, and a car that presents itself--and is--a car designed to be a trend setter. In other words, get over that shyness and get your hands on one of these. First, kudos to Nissan. For some time now, Nissan has really become daring, and yes controversial with some of itself designs.  And they are to be commended for taking risks, sticking their noses out, and really  coming up with some really fresh and interesting products--and the Murano is one of them. When I think about Murano as a luxury crossover, I envision an affluent childless couple--or perhaps one child on hand--with a strong sense of design and individuality.  This couple isn't at all interested in the boxy luxury crossovers on the road, and they wouldn't be caught dead driving something that everyone else has. Their house, their clothes, and their choice of  vacation spot speaks volumes of about their sense of "wow:" Of course their car has to be emblematic of their sense of elegance and luxury. Gee, I don't know many luxury car makers that do that, do you?  Most of them are boxy and nondescript, though they may be gorgeous inside.  They all look like each other and drive like each other.  And that is precisely Nissan's point in this latest Murano. Our test car was the 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD.  Base price is $38,550,  and with options, the price came to $41,905. The Murano is rated at 24 miles per gallon overall and 21 city, 28 highway, which is just about what I got while driving it, though I actually got one or two miles per gallon more in each case.  annual fuel cost is $2,200 based on 15,000 miles per year at $3.50 per gallon. Performance is pretty darn sparkling with the 3.5 liter, 260 horsepower six.  Though the Murano feels pretty heavy when you first get underway, things get interesting pretty quickly. Lots of pickup, plenty of stopping power, and handling isn't too bad at all, though there is some body roll under certain conditions. If safety is a major concern for you, the Murano has you covered. The Murano has driver and front passenger, side-impact and curtain airbags, a drivers knee airbag, four wheel anti lock braking, vehicle dynamic control and a traction control system, a vehicle security system, hill start assist, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning system, "Around View" Monitor with moving object detection an other items for safety as well. The Murano also is a stand-out in terms of technology and standard equipment too. It has NASA-inspired Zero Gravity Front and Rear Outboard seats, eight way power seat for the driver, four way power front passenger's seat, heated front seats, leather appointed seats and shifter knob and leather wrapped steering wheel;  NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps; Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control remote engine  start, eight inch multi-touch color center display, voice-recognition for Navigation and audio; Hands-Free Text Messaging Assistant, leather wrapped steering wheel, driver side memory for seat and  outside mirrors, cruise control, ambient lighting, LED taillights, silver roof rails and other standard equipment. As I  said, the Murano will not be everyone's styling  cup of tea, but we loved it.  It has top drawer looks, and the interior design is breathtaking with unusual woods and metals available, depending on personal tastes. And there's plenty of room for everyone.  The whole ambiance of the interior put me in the mind of Bentley or Nissan's own Infiniti. The Murano, by the way, is covered by a three year, 36,000 mile overall warranty with  a five year, 60,000 mile warranty on the powertrain. The main problem we had was that visibility was a definite difficulty rearward, because of the roof design, and rear headroom for some people will be problematic as well. But this is one car that you won't want  to miss if you are in the market for a luxurious SUV that goes its own way--and is proud of it.

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