2014 Nissan Murano
The 2014 Nissan Murano delivers a fun driving experience with enough style to make the vehicle’s form match its exceptional functionality. The Murano is considered a crossover vehicle for drivers seeking significant interior space and superior cold weather reliability.
The 2014 Murano has a smooth, curvy look to its exterior. It isn’t shoe box shaped like many of its crossover competitors. The Murano has very tall shoulders, a gorgeous chrome grille, a wide stance and an expansive windshield surface area. Women will appreciate the vehicle’s subtle elegance while most men will consider its large mass and sporty attributes to be sufficiently masculine. In a nutshell, it is pretty and handsome at the same time. The Murano is truly an androgynous looking vehicle that appeals to all ages and sexes. This year’s Murano is available in a tinted bronze exterior paint that is paired with beautiful graphite colored interior. Other exterior paint colors include Merlot Red and Super Black.
There’s All Wheel Drive (AWD) available on each of the four trims: S, SV, SL and LE. AWD is only standard on the LE version. If you decide to add AWD you’ll only sacrifice one mile per gallon in terms of fuel economy. The standard Murano gets a respectable 18/24 mpg for city and highway driving, respectively. With AWD, the fuel economy is 18/23 mpg city/highway. The Murano’s engine certainly packs a punch. It has a widely acclaimed VQ V-6 engine with 3.5 liters and 260 horses. This creates a responsive gas pedal that gives ample acceleration (0-60 mph in 7 seconds) and erases any worries that you have about getting stuck in snow or mud. The Murano can tow up to a maximum of 3,500 pounds.
There’s an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) that provides a smooth and quiet ride. Neither the front or backseat passengers are exposed to any unnatural bumps or noises while riding in the Murano. This is primarily due to the superior cabin insulation that blocks wind and roadway noises. Drivers laud the vehicle’s steering capabilities. You’ll feel the vehicle move proportional to how much you steer the wheel. This is how the driving experience was meant to be. The Murano seats a maximum of seven people. Three to five occupants can ride in the backseat. There’s 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space and 64 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. Standard features include:
- Power mirrors, locks and windows
- Stereo with CD/AM/FM
- Rear privacy glass
- Keyless entry and ignition
- Dual zone climate control
- Cruise control
- Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
- Double tiered instrument panel
- Adjustable front seats
In terms of safety, the Murano scored an impressive four stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) crash tests. Standard safety features include front and side impact airbags, side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, front head restraints and electronic stability control. The SL and Platinum trims have Blind Spot Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Moving Object Detection systems. During an Edmunds’ brake test, a Murano equipped with 18 inch wheels and tires came to a complete stop from 60 mph in 126 feet. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Murano its highest rating (“Good”) for side crash tests and moderate overlap, frontal offset tests. It also received a “Good” rating after undergoing rear impact and whiplash protection testing.