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
convertible
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (265 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2011 Nissan Murano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Door seals and stripping does not stay attached"

Jim B., VA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Weather striping around the driver side of door was replace. Also door have squeaks but has been fix by dealer"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"I think the windshield on this used car was replaced before I bought it, and poorly. There is a lot of road noise and wind noise coming through the windshield. It's frustrating"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"The passenger side front window vibrates, the windshield seals had to be reinforced, the front driver seat squeaks"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"My glove box has squeaked since I bought the car. The only way to stop the noise is to leave it open. The dealer replaced it, and it still squeaks. My windshield squeaks too when the weather starts to warm up. I have to have the dealer adjust it"

Nancy H., GA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle in the rear cabin. Dealer couldn't find it. Sounds like it is coming from from the rear hatch"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Had it in the shop 4 times to fix a squeak in the windshield. Finally got it fixed"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks in dash at windsheild"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Squeak in dash board area and front passenger seat headrest"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"dashboard and windshield creak and rattle noise"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"rattle in front header which was really coming from the bottom on the window seal and traveling up sides of frame..service mgr said that they have encountered this b4 on the murano"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Around sun roof"

Anonymous, TN (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise and whistling is evident at certain speeds"

Jim B., VA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Mainly through the front doors. Replacing the weather stripping has help lower the wind noise"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Too much wind noise at higher speeds. Seems to be from window and tailgate seal leaks"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"After 40 mph wind noise occurs on drivers side. Dealer attempted to adjusted, made the wind noise worse. Great car other wise"

John W., NY (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The car makes increasingly louder wind noise as the seals around windows and windshield get loose. The sunroof also has VERY loud wind noise when in use. I don't use it often b/c of this"

Anonymous, OK (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise is excessive from 20 - 50 mph"

Jim B., VA (2011 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

"CD Player will not play, or eject any of the 6 cd's in the unit. Once every 3-4 months it will play one CD but cannot change to another CD"

Ray O., ON (2011 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"Terrible reflections from windshield and side windows in angled sunlight make visibility bad; also too far from driver"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Intermitantly the screen displays a distorted, unviewable image. Occurs maybe 40% of the time when use backup. Dealer estimated $1200 to replace system"

Anonymous, HI (2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Liquid crystal display ceased functioning. Information from ECM is getting to the unit. Mechanic wanted $1000 for a new one or $500 for a re-furbished unit"

Joseph G., CO (2011 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Occasionally one or two of the station names of the listed presets go blank. You can still hear the station but there is nothing listed in the slot on the display. Been doing this for years"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes the screen goes blank and/or has distorted lines on it when I'm trying to get it to recognize the Auxiliary device. My guess is this is an internal computer glitch which I asked the dealer to check out and they said it wasn't happening for them so it hasn't been addressed"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"In the past 6 months the display screen is blank, unless you turn the head or running lights on"

Ray O., ON (2011 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Very slow!, sometimes it finds places sometimes not will often find p-laces (e.g. chain stores) 60 miles away when another store is only 2 miles q away"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"The phone has sporadic connection problems. It connects fine, but usually when the phone rings, and I press Answer on the screen or the steering wheel, it will disconnect"

Anonymous, OR (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Can't stream music via Bluetooth from an iPhone but it works fine with a Samsung Galaxy S5"

Wayne F., FL (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Phone calls coming in are hung up on when hitting the answer button"

Wesley B., NC (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Couldn't control volume. Volume would increase on its own and go all the way to max volume. Also affected the air/conditioning fan - it would go from high to low or low to high"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"The volume control and station selector often have a mind of their own - can't control with the knobs, buttons or even steering wheel controls. Same goes for the fan blower/levels for the A/C and heat! I complained to the Nissan dealer and they i"

Anonymous, MD (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"electronic buttons for volume and tuning do not operate properly - I.e. turn it up 1 notch and it goes up (or down) 10 or 20"

Anonymous, TX (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"volume control increases on its own"

Yousaf Q., NC (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"The XM satellite radio is faulty. It loses connection with the satellite signal for no reason. The dealership thinks the whole unit needs to be replaced for a cost of around $3000 because it is integrated into the dashboard electronics"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"There is no direct auxiliary input. I use a USB to device connection for my phone to play MP3 and stream music using data on my phone. Often I have to unplug/plug the device back in to get the system to recognize it"

Anonymous, CA (2011 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"Car intermittently woul not start - need jump start due to random battery drain, battery tests fine"

Anonymous, CA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Body control module

"AWD control Dash cluster replaced"

Anonymous, IA (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Radio volume knob sometimes increases volume when turned down and visa versa"

Jim B., VA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"Right headlight would not come on. Dealer repaired. Said it was the igniter for the light"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Automatic ON/OFF not reliable"

Kent K., CO (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Keyless entry

"Keyless switch on driver side will not work to lock; it will unlock. Dealer quoted a price of $350 for the switch, and $250 to install"

Pablo U., TX (2011 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"The car had a failed actuator in the front driver's side door that had to be replaced"

Gregory R., MO (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Remote engine starter

"The remote starter was draining the battery and causing the car not to start. It once randomly started without pushing the button. Dealer looked at it a handful of times but could no replicate the issue. It's been ok since the last time it happene"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"We have winter and summer tires; each is mounted on its own set of wheels, and each has its own TPMS sensors in each wheel. The dealer MUST reset TPMS each time we change wheels/tires. Ridiculous"

Anonymous, VT (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Pressure monitoring system is causing false low tire pressure message to appear. Too expensive to bother correcting"

Michael C., MA (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"The rain sensing wiper system is very erratic. The wipers go from nothing, to delay, to full speed all while the windshield conditions are essentially constant. The process keeps repeating. In some cases, the wipers don't operate at all when water af"

Anonymous, WV (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"seat started reclining for no reason"

John G., QC (2011 Nissan Murano SV 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

"Car stopped by its self"

George P., KY (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Dealer noticed minor leak and repaired under warranty"

Brad H., MA (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Seal leak between transmission and transfer case. Seal was part of transfer case"

Anonymous, UT (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Bad seal causing oil leak"

Leo S., OR (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Transfer case was leaking. Dealer noticed during oil change. Fixed for free under warranty"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Second time leaks and related issues occurred"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Had worked on twice. Finally replaced. Still had a leak"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 3.5-L V6)

"The seal for the Transfer Case failed and fluid was leaking out. The Nissan service Department acknowledged that this is a continuing problem for the 2011 model. My first Murano (2003) had the same problem at less than 50,000 miles"

Anonymous, NJ (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed. Replaced under powertrain warranty"

Anonymous, CO (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"This is my second Murano. Both vehicles had a failed transmission at approx 380,000 km requiring replacement at $6000 cost"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission just played out"

Anonymous, MS (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Very unhappy with huge cost of repair for a four year old car. No assistance from Nissan even though they recognize issue with transmissions on these cars up to 120 - I had 136K miles"

Mary H., OH (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission Failed at 60000 miles"

Anonymous, NE (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to replace under our extended warranty"

Anonymous, NM (2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 3.5-L V6)

"The car would not go at all. The transmission had to be replaced under warranty"

Mike D., MO (2011 Nissan Murano LE 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

Automatic climate control

"The dual climate control seems to stick at either a high or low regardless of the setting. By changing the drivers setting either up or down seems to bring control back to the driver/passenger. The dealership couldn't find or fix the problem"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Will only work properly in manual mode"

Richard W., IA (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Switch is dysfunctional. Fan speed runs up automatically, or as a result of a minor jolt. Fan speed switch does not make proper contact"

Michael W., CO (2011 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"If the temperature is set at 61F or less, the heat is off. If set at 62F, then too much heat occurs. It cannot be adjusted"

Edward C., WV (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes the heating system is unresponsive. The temp is turned up to 85 degrees, and the air coming out of the vents is not very warm"

Nicholas S., KS (2011 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
A/C compressor

"compressor just stopped working. Don't know why or what caused it"

Anonymous, PA (2011 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

Shocks or struts

"struts were worn and handling was compromised"

Kevin F., MA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Left front wheel bearing failed, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2011 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Front wheel bearing had to be replaced"

David D., NY (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"noise"

Stanley A., ON (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"power steering pump failed"

Anonymous, AB (2011 Nissan Murano LE 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)

"The paint on the trim strip across the top of the windshield became bubbled and crinkled"

Larry H., NM (2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 3.5-L V6)

"The body damage from any road particles even the slightest hit to the body seems to leave a small chip in the metal and plastic body parts"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"The door trim has been peeling only on the driver side"

Ed K., CA (2011 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"Early onset surface rust which started with first couple of years"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Nissan Murano SV 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)

"ABS failure resulted in an extremely soft brake pedal; fixed by dealer under extended warranty"

Anonymous, WA (2011 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"brakes wore out and were replaced - then had to return to dealer to correct warped rotors - no charge"

Kevin F., MA (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"I think the pads we put on at 60000 miles had a lifetime warranty but they wouldn't cover them"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Nissan Murano Unsure 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

Transfer case

"Leakage occurred twice, once under warranty and once just after warranty was up. Since the problem had repeated itself, Nissan did not charge us either time to fix the problem"

Mary P., SC (2011 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Will not automatically engage AWD when wheel slip occurs"

Edward C., WV (2011 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

"In very cold weather, the door latches will not latch the door closed. If you can get the door to latch, the door will jam and you cannot open the door. When the weather warms to 25?F or above, the latches will begin functioning properly again"

Mark R., NY (2011 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Windows

"Driver's side window would not go up. The vehicle was in for service and stayed for another week. The windows go down and then back up when the door is opened and closed, probably causing this problem"

Anonymous, FL (2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 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)

"After travelling 250 miles the car was parked for 2 hours and then would not start. All electrical systems did not work including lights, door openers, starter, etc. It was a weird thing because when a jump was touched to my battery the car started w"

Barry P., FL (2011 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Engine Major

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Minor

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

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