Reviews | At a Glance: 2018 Nissan Murano

As the halo vehicle for Nissan's wide range of bold crossovers and SUVs, Murano expresses Nissan's advanced design direction -- including its V-motion front end, LED signature boomerang lights and the unique 'floating' roof. The stunning exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel -- including features such as advanced Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.

There is more to the Nissan Murano than just design leadership, however. In 2017, for the third year in a row, Murano was named by U.S. News & World Report as the '2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money.' Murano was also honored in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study as the top vehicle in the Midsize SUV category.

For the 2018 model year, Murano receives a number of significant enhancements:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW) standard on all grades
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) added as standard on SV grade
  • Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC) standard on SL grade and included in SV Premium Package (previously standard on SL and Platinum grades only)
  • Revised center console design for improved accessibility and storage
  • NissanConnect with Navigation -- featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) -- standard on all grades
  • Motion-Activated Power Liftgate standard on SL & Platinum grades
  • Dual Panel Moonroof standard on Platinum grade
  • Heated rear seats and heated steering wheel standard on SL grade
  • Auto-dimming inside mirror with HomeLink Universal Transceiver standard on SV grade
  • New SL Midnight Edition Package content
  • SV Premium Package content now includes Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM), Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)1, Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Power Panoramic Moonroof, Bose premium audio system with 11 speakers, heated front seats, heated outside mirrors and 18-inch Gun Metal aluminum-alloy wheels
  • New SL Moonroof Package added

Responsive driving is once again provided by a 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive.

Available audio, navigation and connectivity features include NissanConnect with Navigation, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM) and 11-speaker Bose premium audio system and Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)1, which learns each individual driver's steering patterns and helps alert the driver when drowsy driving is detected (standard on SL and Platinum, optional on SV).

The 2018 Murano is available in four well-equipped grades:  Murano S, Murano SV, Murano SL and Murano Platinum.

Highlights of the 2018 Nissan Murano include:


  • Stunning exterior design with a sleek, modern style and 0.31 coefficient of drag
  • Nissan signature V-Motion front end
  • Unique 'floating' roof design with kicked-up D-pillars
  • Enhanced forward visibility through use of optimized angle and lower portion thickness of the A-pillars
  • Futuristic LED signature Daytime Running Lights
  • Available LED headlights
  • Standard LED taillights
  • Automatic on/off headlights
  • Halogen headlight trim revised from chrome to black finish
  • Available fog lights
  • Active Grille Shutter
  • Available heated outside mirrors with standard integrated turn signals
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available Power Panoramic Moonroof with large glass area
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Available roof rails
  • Seven available exterior colors: Java Metallic, Magnetic Black, Brilliant Silver, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red, Arctic Blue Metallic and premium Pearl White

Engine and Driveline

  • Responsive 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6 producing 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque
  • Xtronic transmission with sporty response and smoothness, includes D-step Logic Control that simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant
  • Available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system
  • Fuel economy2 rated at 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models

Suspension, Steering and Braking

  • Nissan 'D' platform
  • Lightweight 4-wheel independent suspension (independent strut front, multi-link rear)
  • Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • 4-wheel vented disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Brake Assist and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Standard 18-inch machined aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/65R18 tires, with available Gun Metal finish design (SV Premium Package)
  • Available 20-inch machined aluminum alloy wheels with titanium finish, 235/55R20 tires
  • Available exclusive black 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels (Midnight Edition Package)

Comfort and Convenience Features

  • Comfortable, premium social lounge interior that encourages communication between front and rear occupants
  • Spacious open cabin with high quality upscale materials
  • Wide, gracefully flowing instrument panel with low height for enhanced forward visibility
  • Enhanced instrument panel operational simplicity with a 60 percent reduction in the number of audio and navigation switches (versus previous generation Murano)
  • Standard customizable 7.0-inch Advanced Drive-Assist Display
  • Standard 8.0-inch multi-touch control display
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control with front and rear vents
  • NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seats that may help support a neutral posture (versus tradition seat design)
  • Available 8-way power driver's/4-way power front passenger's seat with 2-way power lumbar support
  • Available leather-appointed seats and steering wheel
  • Available Quick Comfort seat heaters (front and rear)
  • Available climate-controlled front seats (heating and cooling)
  • Available heated steering wheel with memory
  • 60-40 split fold-flat rear seats with standard remote folding and available power return functions
  • Rear seat smartphone storage and USB port with integration with the vehicle's audio system
  • Wide rear cargo area
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately)
  • Available Bose audio system with 11 speakers (including dual subwoofers)
  • Adjustable advanced lighting system
  • RearView Monitor
  • Nissan Intelligent Key keyless entry with Push Button Ignition
  • Standard NissanConnect with Navigation featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 8.0-inch color display with multi-touch control, SiriusXM Traffic and SiriusXM Travel Link (fuel prices, weather, movie listings, stock info, sports scores) (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio, HD radio, rear USB connection port 
  • Available NissanConnect Services powered by SiriusXM, with services including automatic collision notification, emergency call and stolen vehicle locator, remote services including start/stop, lock/unlock, flash lights, sound horn, customizable alerts including drive zone, valet, curfew and speed alerts, dealer service scheduling and maintenance alerts (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately) 
  • Available Apple Alexa skill app (free of charge) 
  • Available remote engine start3 
  • Available Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC)
  • Available Intelligent Driver Alertness (I-DA)1 (helps alert driver when drowsy driving is detected)
  • Three available interior colors: Cashmere, Graphite and Mocha 


  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant classification sensor
  • Front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags and roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with a rollover sensor for front and rear outboard occupant head protection
  • Front seat belts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Driver supplemental knee air bag
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) and Easy-Fill Tire Alert
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Available Intelligent Around View Monitor (I-AVM)
  • Available Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (I-FCW)

Models and Manufacturing

  • Offered in eight well-equipped models: S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, Platinum FWD and Platinum AWD
  • Assembled in Canton, Mississippi


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  1. It is the driver's responsibility to remain alert at all times. I-DA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner's Manual for details.
  2. 2018 EPA Fuel Economy 21 mpg city, 28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions -- use for comparison only.
  3. State laws may apply; review local laws before using.



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