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The Murano scored very well in our tests and is a competitive model in the crowded SUV market. We like its powerful engine, 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.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS, side and head protection air bags standard. ESC available, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Murano scored very well in our tests and is a competitive model in the crowded SUV market. We like its powerful engine, 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.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (245 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Nissan Murano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

“Alignment corrected with new struts and shocks”

Fritz K., NV (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“replaced”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Had to replace both front sides of the steering/suspension ball joints due to wear and steering vibration. This vehicle has been exclusively serviced at the dealership and this problem was not spotted by them, we reported the noise and vibrations, t”

Murray S., AB (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“got lose”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Bushings needed to be replaced”

James P., AZ (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

“In general... the front suspension on this car has cost me quite a bit of money”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Pump started leaking. Took the mechanic several visits to find it”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Power steering leak led to loss of power steering. Took 2 visits to Nissan dealership to repair”

Charles L., NC (2005 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“Replaced front struts and shocks and back shocks normal for 100000 miles”

Fritz K., NV (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Auto on rough to washboard type surface that suddenly shows up while driving city street feels like it wants to skitter to side. Shocks and struts have been replaced. Tires are inflated to proper pressure”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Worn strut was replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Front l & r Strut failure, 2 mechanics not clear on resolve, had 1 do replacement of struts & believe I was over charged on parts & labor”

Patricia B., CA (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Struts had to be replaced. It wore through 2 sets of tires”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“replaced rack and pinion as well as hose”

Anonymous, VA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“I had a problem with a slight vibration from the front suspension. Found out I had worn ball joints and shocks. Had them repaired, problem resolved. Needed to replace front tires”

James P., AZ (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

“Seems to stem from a problem with the wheels/alignment, but we have always had some level of steering wheel vibration, from minor to annoying”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

“They became very lose”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“tie rods had to be replaced, also have 'loose control arm'”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“got lose”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Yeah, I was a little surprised at having to replace the power steering pump or some such thing because it was leaking/broken something”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Torsion bars needed to be replaced”

James P., AZ (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seats

“The vinyl on the side of the drivers seat ripped in several places. It cost me $600 for a used seat off the internet”

William H., IA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Door lock doesn't work consistently and sometimes prevents car from starting due to security”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“The car no longer recognizes the smart key. I have to use the actual key to unlock the car and turn the ignition switch. Also the front passenger door lock does not respond to the switch. It has to be locked manually from the inside”

William H., IA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“electric lock does not work on passenger side, driver side keyless entry or key fob does not work when temperature is above 80 degrees, electric locks on back doors are hit or miss on unlocking during warm/hot weather”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“The key fob works randomly. The ignition doesn't always sense the key fob or even the spare key. Buttons on door to unlock work intermittently”

Dave N., MA (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Automatic door locks work intermittently. Causing me to have to manually unlock and lock doors. And it is not always the same doors. Seems to be the worst in the summer”

Brent S., KS (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

“Pressing the unlock button on the remote no longer unlocks the driver's door”

Don A., CA (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

“One of the Catalytic converters failed, additionally, I've replaced almost the entire exhaust within the last 2 years - the converver, mid pipe, and muffler”

Andrew K., KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“It failed after just 128K miles”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“This has been a problem with engine light on, have not replaced it, has not effected mileage”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“It was noise from exhausted system”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Worn out after 10 years”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Worn”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

“It took me by surprise that Nissen no longer carries exhaust parts for my car. I had to go to after market parts”

Jusino G., FL (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Not sure where the leak is but it is always extremely humid inside”

Keith L., NC (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Chronic and repeated water leaks which the dealer has been unable to resolve”

Kathleen E., WA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“The weather stripping for the front windshield has come undone, resulting in wind noise and cabin temperature issues”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“When turning steering wheel it makes noise on the front of car”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Squeaks and rattles in the front suspension. I do travel on gravel roads frequently”

Brent S., KS (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

“Rattles due to poor fit of plastic dash components”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Car is 10 years old and stuff is loose and there are minor rattles and squeaks”

Anonymous, HI (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“At about 100,000 miles, the engine began burning oil and resulted in a pinging noise from the engine and engine damage. In order to fix the loose seals, an engine rebuild may be necessary. I went online and found others had similar issues. The engine oil level dipstick is notoriously difficult to read”

Anonymous, OH (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“engine ping started this year”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“two broken engine mounts this year”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Cam sensors had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NM (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“This vehicle and a previous V6 Nissan both have had many oil seeps and drips”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“at 50000 miles it started to develop an oil leak , a front oil seal was bad , since then it still uses oil due to burning oil , i have to put in a qt of oil once a month but lately i changed to 10 w 40 & it seames to slow the oil consumption a little”

Bill K., CT (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

“have a 6 cd player, 1 of the slots stopped working. also, starting to skip”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Radio

“switch speakers when car hits a bump, goes in and out during cool weather w/brake applied”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Replaced the radio 2 times. AM doesn't work and never has. Also spent about $14000 in repairs in 7 years. Worst car I have owned in almost 60 years of driving. Will never own another Nissan”

Anonymous, TX (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“Failed sensor and worn hub, both replaced. Also affected AWD capability due to failed sensor”

Anonymous, WA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

“I had to replace the back rotors and pads twice in six-months”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“replaced pads, polished rotors”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

“Many areas of rust, drivers floor. Rear wheel wells where dealer applied sound proofing that trapped moisture and eventually became rust, dealer refused any responsibility, typical of the dealership, will not ever purchase any Nissan product as it is just a carry over of the Datsun rust problems under a new brand name”

Murray S., AB (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“Rear door openings(both sides) are very rusty, this is under and beside weatherstrip along leading edge curve of lower door opening. Left rear rear wheel lower now rust perforated, Both of these appear to be a common problem with the Murano,”

Murray S., AB (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Chrome/plastic front grill trim is buckling and peeling”

Charles L., NC (2005 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel cap

“Filler neck rusted within the first 2-3 years and caused the check engine light to illuminate, corrected under a Nissan TSB reluctantly by dealer”

Murray S., AB (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

“dealer claimed bad gas cap. engine light did not go out. replaced other parts of tubing in fuel vapor system”

Bill W., TX (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

“Boot on CV joint split. Mechanic replaced axle with remanufactured as cost was about the same. Started leaking oil at transmission output. Replaced seal and axle multiple times. Finally used Nissan parts and leak stopped”

John K., TX (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

“I've not necessarily had a problem with the TC, but it has a leak where the axle connects to it. Fortunately it is a very slow leak so instead of getting it replaced I just have to add oil to it every 4 months or so”

Andrew K., KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“replaced in Sept 2014, expensive”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

“timing chain tensioners”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

“power door locks stop working”

Anonymous, CO (2005 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Transmission failed 500 miles out of the warrantee period (120,000). Nissan dealer replace the transmission for free and the car is fine”

Anonymous, HI (2005 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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