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 4 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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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 2006 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

"While highway driving car had tendency to drift to the right. Routine alignments correct drift. Never a strong drift and easily corrected"

Alexander T., FL (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"I had to replace a ball joint, after replacing another one two years ago"

John S., MA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Premature steering wear issues prior to 100,000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"They don't last"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Low mileage on car and whole lower suspension arm had to be replaced. Ball joint was not a separate item"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"They wore out"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"I guess I think they should last longer than 100k miles"

J S., FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking/failed bushings required multiple trips to mechanic to replace and expensive amount of labor to replace"

Eric W., CO (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Hose leaked and steering became difficult. Hose replacement was very difficult and mechanic was forces to remove a great deal of front cowling parts"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Pump replaced. Leaks sealed. Problem resolved"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"the POWER STEERING PUMP HAS LEAKS"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering fluid leaked due to failure of the hoses which had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leak on hi pressure hose fitting"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Worn strut required replacement"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Struts and control arms had to be replaced with only 70,000 miles on vehicle"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Normal wear, replacement"

Tim Z., NE (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"front STRUTS HAD TO BE REPLACED"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"rear struts needed replacement, was causing handling issues"

Anonymous, IN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking rear shocks resulting in uneven rear tire wear"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Lower control arms needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"CV boot split and all grease leaked out. Replaced half axle"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Broken steering rod ball & Joint"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"weak left tie rod with potential to adversely affect steerimg"

Anonymous, MN (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"bearing went bad in front passenger side"

Mark L., OH (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Caused vibrations and noise. Has now happened on both front wheels and is expensive to fix"

Thomas C., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Felt and heard rubbing noise while moving, increased when turning left. Usually quiet ride was missing. Replacing bearings on both side restored quiet ride and eliminated problem. Done at 135,000 miles as first time bearing replacement"

Alexander T., FL (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"I had to have a wheel bearing replaced"

John S., MA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced both wheel bearings front"

Bruce N., MT (2006 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Caught it early via an unusual sound. Was quite expensive to fix the wheel bearings as the entire assembly needed to be replaced"

Thomas C., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The wheel bearing was wobbling and needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Electronic or air suspension

"Suspension has had major and repeated problems that leads to cupping of tires and alignment problems. Have had the same issue three times in the past several years"

Judy S., TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

"Suspension problems led to cupping and irregular wear of tires, requiring purchase of new tires and re-alignment"

Judy S., TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 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

Calipers

"REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brake calipers have locked up three times since 2010"

Anonymous, NC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Caliper hardware design (guide pins) is bad. Heavy corrosion on guide pins caused premature brake pad failure on both sides of car. No wear on outer pad, but metal-to-metal on inner pad"

Anonymous, WI (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Repeated failures. Dealer also installed incorrectly (did not grease the pins, leading to premature failure on replacements)"

Peter B., VA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"This car has had extremely loud squeaking brakes since the first 1000 miles. The dealer has never been able to correct this. 3 sets of pads have been installed. They are always quiet for 1,000 miles, then they start squealing again. They actually"

Wayne C., TX (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes squeal when backing up & have since I bought the vehicle. Also, I had to replace the brake pads and suspension on the front end. It seems like a big expense for such low mileage (+/- 65,000 miles)"

Joan G., TX (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"replaced front rotors and pads on both sides"

Anonymous, OH (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The brakes seemed to wear out quickly"

Joan G., TX (2006 Nissan Murano S 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

"Had a failure on front wheel passenger side"

Anonymous, GA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Axle replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The axle seals on both sides of the transaxle leaked - fixed twice and cost $600 overall"

Jim P., CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration, poor power transfer and noise all being generated. Mechanic has inspected multiple times and can not isolate issue"

Eric W., CO (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking fluid - very expensive repair due primarily to hours of labour required for the repair. $2,500"

Anonymous, AB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Upon researching issues I've been experiencing & anticipate in the near future, I am terrified at the number of people experiencing Transfer Case failure without a recall by Nissan. And then there's the rust! Unreal. I love Murano but must sell ASAP!"

Glenn D., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"I think I did"

Anonymous, MO (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"HAD TO HAVE THE CAR REPAINTED, PEELING ON THE TOP SURFACES"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Since 3 months from purchase, the hood has acquired MULTIPLE paint chips on the hood. NOTHING I experienced with any of the other 5 or 6 new cars I purchased or leased in the past 30 years even though I lived and worked in same area during this time"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"The clear cot cracked and peeled even though I wax every six months"

Paul G., FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Clear coat on back hatch has been peeling for the last yr"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Rear wheel wells"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rust started appearing inside both rear doors on the quarter panel before I got to 100k miles"

Anonymous, IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rusting around the windshield. Will be expensive to fix. Possible safety issue"

David W., ON (2006 Nissan Murano SE 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

Blower (fan) motor

"The blower/fan needs replacement every 2 to 3 years now. The first 6 years, not a problem, after age 6 the issue has not resolved"

Timothy G., NY (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"Fan works intermittently"

Teresa M., GA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaked after being recharged two years ago"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Hose and radiator leaking fluid"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
A/C compressor

"Seized clutch"

Anonymous, NB (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"heater stopped working -- was repaired"

Anonymous, MA (2006 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"The rear backup camera has completly stopped working"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"CD player would not play or let me remove cd's. Electronical part was replaced works fine now"

Anonymous, CA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Discs get stuck in the cd player and will not eject"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Bose system. 5 cd changer stopped working. Unable to repair unless replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"A fuse went bad after a new battery I bought went bad. Once I discovered the issue, it cost me a dollar to fix"

Anonymous, UT (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

"Oftentimes have to fill it very slowly. Other times, pump shuts off and gauge will show tank is not full"

Peter B., VA (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Engine mounts are simple things but one is very hard to replace and so costs a lot in labor"

J S., FL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Leaking oil out of engine gasket, must be replaced and expensive"

Mark L., OH (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Valve cover gaskets failed and the poor design required all to be replaced at an expensive repair"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"REPLACEMENT"

Anonymous, NJ (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Loosened up several times, hangs too low"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Catalytic converter

"Had to replace it"

Anonymous, TX (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"At the time the engine went out, the radiator also got damaged. A year later, the radiator had to be replaced"

Edwin R., IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"leaking"

Anonymous, NY (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leak - had to replace"

Phillip D., TX (2006 Nissan Murano SE 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

Air or water leaks

"Need new radiator"

Anonymous, FL (2006 Nissan Murano SE 3.5-L V6)

"has squeaking noise in the dash"

Larry T., CA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle coming from back seat"

Joel C., SC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 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

What Owners Say

Alternator

"Needed replacement"

Anonymous, ON (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Alternator failed. Turning on the head lights, the transmission won't engage and the engine falters. Left me standed at night but was able to drive it in daylight with the lights off"

Joseph D., IN (2006 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

Seat controls - movement

"FRAME RAIL FOR SEAT BROKE, COST $1400"

Anonymous, HI (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Considering that we have had this 2006 Murano for 8 years, we have not had any major expenses until this year. The only issue that we have not chosen to fix is the aprrox. 1,000 cost to fix the drivers seat controls. The dealer disconnected the con"

Anonymous, BC (2006 Nissan Murano SE 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 gauge/sender

"Fuel gauge doesn't work"

Anonymous, PA (2006 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Getting a code that the fuel level sensor has gone bad in the gas tank. Analog fuel guage and digital display are often wrong"

Joel C., SC (2006 Nissan Murano SL 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

"The interior lights cannot operate without draining the battery so the fuse has been removed - so the lights are not operational"

Anonymous, ME (2006 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"CVT is rough in down shifting to low gear when cold. Dealer would not cover it when car was still under warranty. I will replace car before it is a major problem"

Anonymous, ON (2006 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"The car was fine until one day engine just got hot and stopped working. Mechanic could not tell me why engine got hot and quickly stopped working"

Edwin R., IL (2006 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
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