The Nissan Murano is a comfortable SUV with high interior quality and refinement. While it has lost some of its sportiness, Murano gained a quieter, more comfortable ride. Its powertrain delivers lively acceleration and relatively good fuel economy. The rear seat and cargo area are roomy. Rear visibility remains a problem, a victim of styling. A blind-spot detection/lane-departure warning system is available.

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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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.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 Nissan Murano is a comfortable SUV with high interior quality and refinement. While it has lost some of its sportiness, Murano gained a quieter, more comfortable ride. Its powertrain delivers lively acceleration and relatively good fuel economy. The rear seat and cargo area are roomy. Rear visibility remains a problem, a victim of styling. A blind-spot detection/lane-departure warning system is available.

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 (265 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Nissan Murano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"brakes seem to wear too quickly for the tye of driving I do"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"rotors rust unless used every day, causing premature brake pad wear (approx every 34000 km).All repairs carried out by dealer"

Peter W., ON (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"PADS WERE WORN"

Donald S., MA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced worn brakes for first time"

Clyde C., NY (2010 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Rear brakes need pad replacement but not front"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Needed brake job, die to wear"

Michael C., ME (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"just replaced pads"

John S., OH (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace rotors and pads on all four wheels due to wear; rotors could not be turned die excessive warp"

Richard F., VA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Front & Rear brakes wore pretty evenly so at about 70,000 to 70,500 I had new rotors and pads installed. This also meant the anti lock mechanism and computer needed to be re-calibrated for the new items. I have had no others issues to date with the"

William-Kathy B., WI (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"chatter at high speeds"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"As discussed under rotors, brake rotors rust and retain stones and grit causing rapid pad wear"

Peter W., ON (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"LITTLE BRAKE LEFT-HAD PADS REPLACED AND ROTORS TURNED"

Donald S., MA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks in moving parts, parts that reset when the car is started. The dash has had squeaks for several years the dealer cannot stop them"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Nissan Murano LE 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

Differential

"started leaking"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"Transfer case was leaking and needed to be replaced at less than 100,000 miles. Cost of parts and labor was ~$3500"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"I did not experience a problem driving the vehicle. I was told there was a leak in the seal of the transfer case and it needed to be replaced. But when I brought it in to the dealership to replace the seal, I was told the transfer case had to be replaced"

Anonymous, SK (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Total failure. replacement under extended warrantee. Approx cost $4500 cdn"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"replaced seals 3 times since 44000 miles, this time was a new transfer case"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"The transfer case was leaking. It was out of warranty and the dealership still replaced it for free"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"The transfer case would not engage 4wd when we bought it. They replaced it and it has been fine"

Kurt N., PA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Dealer discovered a leak during routine maintenance"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"bad alternator, killed a newish battery"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 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

Display screen goes blank

"Because of display screen being inoperable I did not have access to heat/ac controls, radio, navigation or backup camera. Needed to have the complete head unit replaced"

Dale E., WI (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"This was explained in my previous comments about an electrical system or computer chip problem"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Does not allow two phones to be synced"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"doesn't like to pair automatically with iphones. Other types do fine"

Kevin B., NV (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel controls

"One day car would not start until 10th time, dash screen and rear camera were blank, rear hatch would not open, power steering would not work. This was a computer chip or electrical problem or some such thing that cost about $1,000 to fix! We had an extended warranty that paid most of this cost"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"A CD became jammed in the player and they could not remove the CD I had to replace the whole CD and Radio component"

Anonymous, WV (2010 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"When initiating or changing stations the am/fm signal drops off after 15 secs or so (I lose the station) The XM and cd sections are just fine"

Edward P., FL (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"the volume control knob got strange, then quit working. $1200.00 repair ouch!"

Kevin B., NV (2010 Nissan Murano LE 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

Body control module

"Intermittent gremlins effecting climate control and audio volume/channel. as controls turned, effect may increase or decrease opposite of what is intended. i.e. temp or volume goes up when you turn down and vice versa"

David M., TX (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"the back hatch would not open with keyless entry or manually, the switches had to be replaced at the cost of approximately 500.00"

Ron D., KY (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes it works, sometimes not"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Works sometimes"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Key fob and keyless module replace twice. Module fails to recognize presence of key"

David M., TX (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rear hatch keyless entry quit. Had to climb over back seat, remove panel on hatch to get at mechanical latch. No provision for a key on the exterior of the hatch. New part was $900 out of warranty"

Richard D., MS (2010 Nissan Murano)
Tire pressure monitor

"Stays on low pressure"

Anonymous, UT (2010 Nissan Murano LE 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

"coolant system has minor leaks at intake gasket"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Sunroof went crazy and had to be reset. Who knew?!?!?"

Brandon V., TN (2010 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"suspension clunks over rough roads"

Stephan H., MA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Dealership "can't replicate problem" although I clearly hear it. Tried several times, failed. Similar problem fixed 2 years ago"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks in the braking system - pads are fine. Rattles in the dash. Squeaks in the steering column. Squeak in the driver seat"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"They cannot find the noises so they persist"

Carl O., WV (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"at touring speeds, wind noise is excessive"

Stephan H., MA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

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

"Had to replace lt.front ball joint. Had multiple issues with drivers,and front passengers seat stability"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"Power steering fluid leaked all over the engine which made steering difficult"

Bethany F., KY (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leaks is still a guess. There is a whining noise that can sometimes be changed with steering wheel position"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"Replaced pump cv joints"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Grinding or straining feel during left turns in colder weather. This problem is known to Nissan, but they have not offered to do anything about it"

Anonymous, OK (2010 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Right front side needed replacing"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Right front wheel bearing needed replacement"

Gregory C., MA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 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

"Both head gaskets had small leaks which were discovered while replacing the transfer case. Was covered by extended warrantee"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced at 46k was leaking"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Blown head gasket just out of warranty. Dealer said it is a problem with the design/material of head gasket - design was changed shortly after I bought my car. Nissan will not admit faultly design and will not compensate. I told them I would complain"

Jennifer H., CA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"It was a warranty repair and took a couple days. I may not be correct about it being a gasket problem"

Anonymous, WA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Happened within two years of having the car and 2000 miles over for coverage. No help from Nissan on what they told me was a $6000 fix. Did not have the fix done with them for $3000 less and am not about to buy another Murano"

Anonymous, CT (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"bought to dealer to check minor coolant leak, they knew instantly it was head gasket, because most murano's in this vintage had the same problem, fixed under warranty, but not done as a recall, would have been $3000 repair if over 60k miles on car"

Anonymous, ND (2010 Nissan Murano SL 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

"transmission to engine gasket has slow leak. irritating but not critical, unless you ask a Nissan dealer garage and then it is $5,000 repair. I have not repaired it, just add fluid occasionally, and it runs fine"

Anonymous, NV (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Transfer case leaking gasket twice in 12 months"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

""transfercase and inner boot that is seeping", initial cost estimate $2250, after arguing $1815 Shouldn't happen at all, why can't factory seals last more than 5 years?"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"front axle and differential seals leaking...$600 replacement of seals by second dealership solved the problem, but first dealership wanted to replace the entire differential for $4,000!"

Gianni Z., MD (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"no known issues to me at the time, but when car was in for head gasket the dealer also said this model had a known gasket issue in transfer case, they also fixed under warranty, but also not done as a recall"

Anonymous, ND (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

"The housing around the converter eroded"

Paul K., NY (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"3rd converter in life of car"

Anonymous, KY (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Loose/rattling heat shield

"had to be replaced"

Lois S., PA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Muffler broke away from tail pipe, however, they had to replace the entire exhaust system (catalytic converter, pipes, muffler) to fix. Parts and labor were ~$1000"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Pipe between engine and catalytic converter rusted through"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The repair was over $3500 & I understand it is a common problem"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Grinding while accelerating from stop, transmission needed to be replaced after 93000 miles"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"vehicle stopped moving transmission needed to be replaced"

Daniel J., NY (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The auto quit on the Chesapeake Bridge Tunnel and the tow truck took the car to Virginia Beach. It was towed to the dealer the next day. The Nissan dealer had to order a new transmission"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"complete transmission failure"

Anonymous, KY (2010 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

"Air went out and compressor had to be replaced"

Anonymous, ID (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"A/C stopped working on a trip. Diagnosis revealed compressor as the main problem. Other components replaced in conjunction with new compressor"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"the air conditioner totally failed. I had purchased a warranty package that covered the entire car for 70,000; but I discovered that the warranty package was NOT supported by the manufacturer--instead it was from the dealer. The dealer wanted to replace it with a USED/RECONDITIONED air conditioner--that was totally unsatisfactory to me since I live in Texas and it is HOT 10 months of the year. I was forced to purchased a new one on my own with a $350 discount for my warranty plan"

Jeannie W., TX (2010 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

"The car doors always have to be locked or the battery dies"

Rhonda S., KS (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Spark plugs or wires failure

"To replace the spark plugs require the intake manifold to be removed Replacing 6 spark plugs cost $440"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Alternator

"Had to replace alternator last month"

Anonymous, WV (2010 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

"Dealership found valve cover gasket leak, while doing an oil change, and fixed it under warranty"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Oil pan seal had leak discovered during regular service call at dealer. Repair was made and covered by manufacturer's warranty"

Stephen N., NJ (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"head gasket and solenoid - covered by warranty"

Anonymous, AZ (2010 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

"Deteriorating spots on the hood/roof/ which began 3 yrs ago. No such problem with last Nissan I had for 12 yrs & used under same conditions & places. Had 4 consultations with dealer, including Regional Sales Mgr. Not their problem, they said"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"several interior fittings came loose with regular use of vehicle since 2010"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Nissan Murano LE 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

Locks and latches

"The driver door latch assembly failed and the door would not open Dealer charged $990 to replace the latch assembly"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Nissan Murano SL 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

"I keep getting a "service Engine soon" light and my mechanic tells me its the gas cap. I replaced it and it was alright for a while, then returned. I feel there is is another issue with the fuel sensor system"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"If the outside temperature is 80 or above, the car overheats when the AC is on"

Rhonda S., KS (2010 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
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