2018 Nissan Murano

2018 Nissan Murano

The 2018 Nissan Murano is the sport utility vehicle with the stylish swoop.

Why Buy the Nissan Murano?

With so many sport utility vehicles on the market, they do start to blur. But the Murano stands out. The first thing you notice is the swoop that makes all the other SUVs look boxy by comparison. The Murano really does like a sculptor was commissioned to design it. Beyond that, the interior is a similar work of art. With the quality materials, ample windshield, and optional moonroof, see if it doesn't feel like a light-dappled sunroom more than a car.

On top of that, you get an all-around good SUV, both reliable and powerful, spacious and comfortable, fuel-efficient, and safe. It certainly stands out in this crowded class.

Which Murano is Best?

The Murano is one of those rare vehicles that offers the most bang for your buck right out of the gate, if you'll excuse the mixed metaphor. The base S model has tons of options you normally see a few steps up the trims. Those standard features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear view camera, dual-zone auto climate control, six-speaker audio system, satellite and HD Radio, Bluetooth, 8-inch touch screen, smartphone integration, and navigation.

You can certainly go up a trim or two, nabbing remote start and optional panoramic moonroof at the SV level; leather upholstery and heated front seats, rear seats, and steering wheel at the SL level; and ventilated front seats and hands-free power liftgate at the Platinum level. But the base model alone already boasts a lot of quality.

Are Muranos Reliable?

A quick look at recent J.D. Power & Associates rankings shows that Muranos have great reliability, scoring only fours and fives every year for several years. By comparison, an average new car receives a three points.

How Much Can a Murano Tow?

The Nissan Murano is slated to tow 1500 pounds, which isn't much but is good for a utility trailer, pop-up tent trailer, or small aluminum boat. If you're looking for more towing capacity, the Pathfinder (6,000 pounds) or Armada (8,500 pounds) should do it.