The Murano scored very well in our tests and is a competitive model in the crowded SUV market. We like its powerful engine performance, nimble handling, strong brakes, comfortable rear seats and relatively good fuel economy. However, a stiff ride, limited rearward visibility, and its use of premium fuel are notable drawbacks.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"We have decided to have the questionable emission System repaired as we do not want to part with this excellent vehicle."

JOHN M., AZ (2003 Nissan Murano)

"A true 'road warrior' machine. Very comfortable. Had to replace transmission at 39000 miles."

Anonymous, LA (2003 Nissan Murano)

"alot of blind spots"

PATRICIA L., BC (2003 Nissan Murano)

"It has a very aerodynamic shape that still appears to match well with new cars."

JAMES B., ON (2003 Nissan Murano)

"Feeling of security with handling and reliability. Only ongoing issue is need to watch oil level. Have oil changed every 3 months, but will need to add oil between changes."

Anonymous, ID (2003 Nissan Murano)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The car interior heats up quickly sitting in the sun and the air conditioning system, even when just serviced, just doesn't blow cold enough to make the interior comfortable in anything approaching a reasonable amount of time."

RICHARD N., CA (2003 Nissan Murano)

"t is quite when running. Like the heated seats."

RAY F., MO (2003 Nissan Murano)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Have received many compliments on style and color."

RAY F., MO (2003 Nissan Murano)

"I understand that it is a 2003 but the paint job has completely started splintering, peeling and fading in the last few years very quickly."

TONI B., CA (2003 Nissan Murano)
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