2019 Nissan Murano

By September 17, 2019

The 2019 Nissan Murano crossover SUV is known for its rakish lines that make it look bigger than it is, and a plush ride that makes it feel bigger, too. 

The front-wheel-drive Murano is available with all-wheel drive, but it’s not meant for off-road adventures—it’s an urban adventurer. It’s powered by a potent and proven 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), with a supple ride and sublime, comfortable front seats. 

For 2019 the Murano gets standard LED headlights, plus new taillights and wheels. Inside it gets upgraded infotainment with an 8.0-inch touchscreen.

The EPA rates the Murano at 20 mpg city, 28 highway, 23 combined on regular fuel, with either front- or all-wheel drive. The 2019 Murano hasn’t been fully crash-tested, but the 2018 model earned five stars overall from the NHSTA in all-wheel-drive configuration, while the front-drive model scored four stars. 

It comes standard with automatic emergency braking, while lane-departure warnings and rear automatic braking come in a package Nissan calls Safety Shield 360.

Model Lineup

The 2019 Murano comes in S, SV, SL, and Platinum editions.

The base Murano S costs about $32,300 and includes cloth upholstery, LED headlights, 18-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports including two Type-C plugs, and keyless ignition. 

The $35,500 Murano SV adds power-adjustable front seats, blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, and more. The Murano SV offers heated front seats, Bose audio, and adaptive cruise control in a $3,500 package. Additional options include a surround-view camera system. 

 The $40,300 Murano SL adds that SV package, plus leather upholstery, heated rear seats, navigation, and 20-inch alloy wheels. An extra $1,970 buys a panoramic moonroof and a few additional active safety features such as automatic high-beam headlights and active lane control. Murano SLs offer a safety package with lane-departure warnings, active lane control, and rear automatic emergency braking.

The $44,500 Platinum adds that safety package, plus softer leather upholstery, cooled front seats, and a smartphone app that includes remote unlocking and locking and a few other functions.

All-wheel drive costs $1,600. 

Exterior

The Murano look less upright than other SUVs, thanks to its swept-back roofline that cascades downward at a sharp angle at the rear. The daring “floating” roofline looks best in lighter colors, although there’s nothing wrong with black. A short greenhouse rides on big fenders. Outsized details fit and combine with more cohesion than some other Nissan designs.

Interior

The 2019 Murano has a sweeping interior design trimmed with interesting textures and fabrics, or leather on some versions. 

There’s good interior space for four adults in the Murano. Cargo space measures 31 cubic feet, somewhat smaller than its size might suggest, mostly due to its curvaceous shape. 

Driving Impressions

The Murano’s 260-hp 3.5-liter V-6 provides strong acceleration. The engine makes good torque, so the CVT isn’t forced into high revs, keeping the cabin more quiet–and there’s a lot of sound deadening material.

Unlike most new cars, the Murano uses hydraulic power steering that builds weight progressive in a corner; it can be heavy at low speeds, but brings a good on-center feel. The all-wheel-drive Murano delivers stable handling and good grip on dry pavement.

The composed ride, including over bumps, is maybe the Murano’s best feature. It might even be called luxurious. The ride is best with the 18-inch alloy wheels standard on S and SV trims, but the 20s fitted to SL and Platinums still have enough sidewall to soak up bigger bumps.

Properly equipped, the Murano is rated to tow 1,500 pounds, enough for a trailer with motorcycles or ATVs, or a utility trailer for lawn debris.  

Final Word

If you love the styling, the 2019 Nissan Murano can seem like a luxury car. Its drivetrain doles out ample passing power while the suspension delivers a smooth ride.