It was a beautiful and wonderfully equipped small-sized SUV. It was a 2015 Nissan Murano, Platinum Edition, with All-Wheel-Drive. The exterior color was called Brilliant Silver. The interior was brown. The exterior styling was modern-looking. It was made available, courtesy of Nissan, for a week-long test-drive.
The Murano is not a new vehicle in the Nissan line-up. Actually, this 2015 model is the third generation and the Nissan Public Relations group is calling this the ‘Most Social’ of all the Nissan vehicles. It is loaded with advanced technology and makes the driving experience more fun for both driver and passengers. There is a new IT system that uses controls very similar to everyone’s smart phones. That way, the operations are much more natural and easy, rather than fumbling around with buttons, dials, or switches.
The inside is not only loaded with technology, it could be called a ‘Mini-Lounge’ with all the ambient lighting, padded and hip-hugging seats, a flowing console, and of course the cell phone connectivity.
The rear cargo area is not quite as large as I would have preferred, but this was a small SUV. It is really called a CUV, which is a utility-styled vehicle set on a car platform. That is why it is referred to as a Crossover, or CUV. If you fold down the second row of seats, there was enough cargo room for a large amount of equipment or luggage. Otherwise, the back seat is more than adequate for adults or children.
The cabin was ultra-quiet. Almost all vehicle manufacturers are going to extra effort to make their cars and trucks much quieter inside and Nissan has certainly done a great job on this Murano. The driver does not have to turn his head sideways just to hear the rear seat passengers talking.
The test-drive Murano was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine with CVT, or Continuosly Variable Timing. The Platinum Edition includes 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated & cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a power tilt & telescoping steering wheel. The base MSRP for the Platinum Edition which includes All-Wheel-Drive is $40,600. There are three other models of the Murano available and prices start just slightly less than $30,000.
A special Tech Package was added as an option and included a powered panoramic moonroof, intelligent cruise control, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and predictive forward collision warning. That sounds like mostly safety features, which it is, but these items are wonderful and drivers can easily learn to appreciate these features. The optional Tech Package cost $2,260.
With the base price and optional add-on package, as well as $885 in delivery charges, the bottom sticker price came to $43,745. This new Nissan Murano is a pleasure to drive, is highly versatile, looks great, and provides a lot for both the driver and passengers. This specialty crossover just might be the vehicle that would be great for you or your family. It certainly got my attention.