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.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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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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.
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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.

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

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 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

"seal was cause for transmission leak"

Michael B., WY (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"unresolved problem with squeaks from dash and rattle at windshield"

Anonymous, RI (2013 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"This is our third Murano and in all cases the windshield squeaks as if it were coming loose. Dealer says nothing can be done"

Bill O., NY (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Windshield creaks on drivers side. Third Murano that has done this (which I have leased). It is where the windshield connects to the front dashboard. Dealership continues to fix it but it doesn't go away"

Wendy R., MI (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"occur on both the A pillar and dash. Both corrected under warranty. Now there are squeaks emitting from the steering wheel area"

Michael F., WY (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Window rattling"

Anonymous, VA (2013 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Experienced windshield creaking (similar to TSB NTB-11033 for Juke) and a burning sweet smell from engine and that multiple dealerships have not been able to fix, although they have confirmed both issues"

Anonymous, AB (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"windshield wiper housing rubs on windshield - part replaced (under warranty) but has started again"

Murray M., AB (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Very simple fix, sliding a credit card between windshield and plastic cowling near wiper blades"

Rick D., ON (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Can't seem to correct the problem - may be a design issue"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"when driving with all windows up I get a wind noise to the left behind me"

Linda R., FL (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"wind noise is bad to worse with cross wind"

Anonymous, MO (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Sounds like a window is slightly open; noticeable but not a big problem"

Katherine G., OH (2013 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"howling at 80-100km/hr"

Murray M., AB (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Whistling noise around the windshield at Freeway speeds"

Anonymous, UT (2013 Nissan Murano S 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

"The LED quite working in the information center making it impossible to read. $1,300 to repair it and it appears to be a common problem"

William L., WY (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Car phone gets terrible reception. Dealership said it was the fault of my iPhone. Bought new phone, and the problem is even worse. Cannot carry on conversation at all now"

Anonymous, TX (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"It is Sirius Radio naviagation. It has never worked. It tells you to exit at every freeway exit, even if it also tells you to continue on the same freeway. For instance, "exit from Interstate 8 to 163, and continue on Interstate 8." This makes the"

Anonymous, CA (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"On occasion, when giving verbal commands, the system does not recognize what is being said and provides its own interpretation. Often this occurs when the vehicle is moving"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes loses the pairing and needs to be reset for no apparent reason"

Anonymous, NY (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The tuning knob no longer works and the station will randomly change"

Michael F., WY (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"in the last month, we were unable to receive the satellite radio for more than 10 minutes at a time. I don't know if it was XM system issue. the problem seems to have corrected itself in the last week"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Intermittent failure to recognize phone voice commands"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"could not give voice navigation commands or conduct a normal conversation via Bluetooth"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"It is just one of problems..there are more electronic problems"

Anonymous, KS (2013 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

Premature brake wear

"I feel they should last longer"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Brake pads on rear disk brakes worn at 100,000 kms with 95% highway driving whereas front brakes only worn 50%. Also experienced sticky rear parking brake in winter. Dealer replaced both rear pads and rotors when probably only pads needed replacement. replacement rotors have rusted appearance and do not have protective coating as in OEM rotors. Front OEM rotors little rust after 135,000 km"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"should last longer"

Anonymous, ON (2013 Nissan Murano Unsure 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

Power steering pumps and hoses

"Power steering pump failed, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"I heard noises that I recognized was low fluid. There appeared to be a leak, but when I had them replaced, it was the pump"

Anonymous, MN (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"The dealer found abnormal shaking in the steering column assembly and it was replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, PA (2013 Nissan Murano LE 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 leaks

"Had to have seals replaced at transmission to stop leaks"

Anonymous, BC (2013 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"bad seal between transmission and engine. replaced under warranty"

Michael B., WY (2013 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

"Front wheel bearings went out at 5000 miles. Replaced under warranty"

Philip S., DC (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Transfer case

"The transfer case started leaking at about 35,000 miles. it just made warranty replacement"

William L., WY (2013 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

"Too many functions require that you go through an elaborate song and dance to turn them off. Defroster requires the AC to be on"

Anonymous, TX (2013 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Tap in trim on foot fails causing wind noise"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust leaks

"Poor connection, fixed under warrenty"

Dan R., CO (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Replace transmission at 82000. Not covered under warrenty"

Louis E., PA (2013 Nissan Murano Unsure 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

Mirrors

"Hole in back of mirror caused by Rock or debris"

Anonymous, SC (2013 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Radiator

"some major line/part to the radiator failed causing $1500 repairs to the auto and it had to be towed to the dealer"

Anonymous, IL (2013 Nissan Murano SV 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.

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 Minor

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

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 Major

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

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