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.
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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.

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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 2014 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

"The seals on the transfer case started leaking and had to be replaced"

Roy M., IL (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"5 trips to dealer to get repaired"

Steven G., SD (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Minor squeaks and rattles from driver door pillar and dashboard. Dealer (mostly) fixed pillar rattle, but I haven't tried to have the squeak from the dash fixed yet"

David S., PA (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Plastic shield loose under body upon delivery; Unresolved rattle over windshield when body flexes/bumps"

Anonymous, QC (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Minor rattle in dashboard and was fixed during a visit to dealer"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 3.5-L V6)

"This car has a lot of squeaks that are hard to pinpoint where the issue is. The dealership has looked at it and cannot figure it out"

James S., TN (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Rattle/vibration coming from dash (center stack) area at low speeds on anything but smooth roads"

Anonymous, SC (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"The engine rattles when accelerating between 20 to 40 mph. Showed the dealership twice but they were not able to confirm the source of rattling noise"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"CVT is too noisy"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"unexplained loud rattle in drivers front area, chirp in same area"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"A rattle started about a year ago in the tailgate or some location nearby. It was serviced by the Nissan dealer and the rattle sound was diminished somewhat, but has returned again this spring. I was told it was due to spare tire/accessories that were loose or improperly secured below the deck"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Gravel from Windshield"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"A $40,000 vehicle should not have wind noise as in this car, Nissan said that is the way it is"

Gerald D., MN (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Traveling above 40 mph the wind noise is very loud. Have to turn up radio and shout to passengers. Also, if it is very windy outside (10 + mph) the noise is almost deafening"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Wind noise coming from front"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Murano SV 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 Blind Spot Warning failed on trips more than 100 miles. It took a year to get Nissan to repair"

Norman S., GA (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"vision on sides and back-up are absolutely lousey"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)
CD player

"WE CAN ONLY INSERT AND PLAY ONE CD AT A TIME"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"CD would not eject from unit. Dealer had to get a new unit from BOSE, which too two weeks"

David S., PA (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Cheap entry grade never sent me a new one bought my own upgrade, never use this dealer or Nissan again"

John W., FL (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Would not eject, entire unit replaced under warranty"

Robert H., MI (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"WE CANNOT SEE THE SCREEN UNLESS IT IS VERY CLOULDY"

Anonymous, WA (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Display on navagation system froze up, was replaced three times. First one had similar issues, second one was the incorrect model, third one worked"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"display screen went blanl about 6 mos ago, has not come back on, haven't had time to fix, still under warranty"

Dan P., CO (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"The screen on the dash board that provides various information such as outside temperature, gas mileage, etc. went white, then black for two days. It returned to normal operation on the third day"

Anonymous, NE (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"When I plug my phone into the usb port to play music, it does not work. One other problem that is not listed- I am 5'2". The driver seat is too thick so it's hard to reach the gas pedal"

Sharon V., FL (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Navigation system has map defect in programing. It cannot locate streets that have been in existence for 25 years. It is totally worthless"

Steven G., SD (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"Very noisy on the listening persons connection"

Anonymous, WI (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth connection for music has spotty reliability"

Eric J., OH (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"blue tooth stopped working, whole radio unit had to be replaced"

Jake M., TX (2014 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

Power steering leaks

"Lost power steering when backing up or going slow around a corner. Power returned when speed increased. Box gasket was leaking and belts were covered in oil. Repaired under warranty"

Richard M., ON (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Strut busted at around 7k miles. Dealership fixed it under warranty"

James S., TN (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"When turning above 30 mph, the car will "bounce" off the road when hitting bumps or irregularities in the road. The suspension is too tight to absorb road irregularities"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Replaced front shocks and struts due to premature wear"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"UPON DELIVERY STEERING VIBRATION WAS DISCOVERED. EXTREMELY NOTICABLE SHAKING.DEALER REBALANCED ALL FOUR WHEELS, UTILIZED NEW SET OF TIRES & RETUNED ELECTRONIC SUSPENSION. PROBLEM WAS IMPROVED 80%"

Kevin C., KY (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Wheel balance

"DEALER UTILIZED A NEW SET OF FOUR TIRES. REBALANCED WHEELS & SUSPENSION"

Kevin C., KY (2014 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"It was related to the sliding sideways as well"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Alignment

"The SUV would start to slip sideways at speeds over 80km per hr on icy roads"

Anonymous, AB (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"When new car pulled left. 4 or 5 returns in 2yrs finally another dealer got it correct"

Wayne A., IL (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"There was a recall for a problem with the power steering hose where fluid could leak and cause a fire"

Anonymous, NY (2014 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

Slipping transmission

"The dealer replaced the malfunctioning part at no cost to me"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"a seal leaked"

Anonymous, CO (2014 Nissan Murano LE 3.5-L V6)

"At the 15,000 Mile oil change the dealer found that the transfer case seal was leaking and required an overhaul of the transfer case assembly. The repair was covered under the warranty"

Anonymous, MN (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Leak in the transmission. Dealer fixed it--under warranty. Would have cost us $1300"

Wendy W., AZ (2014 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Transfer case leak, transfer case replaced, covered by warranty"

Terry H., CO (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Seal Leak"

Anonymous, AB (2014 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.

What Owners Say

Body control module

"The battery died and had to be replaced in November 2016. In April 2017 the interior light all failed in the cabin. The issue was fixed by a bcm reset"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"The headlights are to dim, I have to be home before dark,this is a great concern ,no one will drive this car after dark my activities are limited because of this problem"

Carolyn T., MI (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"Motor for driver's seat went bad. They had to replace whole thing. Under warranty, but would've cost us $1200"

Wendy W., AZ (2014 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

Doors or sliding doors

"Door panels on the SUV were misaligned in the manufacturing process. Poor quality control"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 Nissan Murano Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"the hatch door makes a sound like it's stuck... but it's not"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Convertible top

"The convertible hinge on the passenger side has somehow come out of alignment and is threatening to puncture the headliner"

Daniel K., MI (2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"I heard a clunking sound from the transmission"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission started to shift very roughly. Brought in to dealer and they said it needed to be replaced which was done under factory warranty"

Anonymous, NE (2014 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

Rust

"Covers for breaks completely rusted after the first winter. No mechanical issue that I'm aware of but it is aesthetically unattractive"

Anonymous, ON (2014 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"the front driver seat is wearing"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Nissan Murano SV 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

"Bad front wheel bearing"

Anonymous, BC (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Differential

"Rear differential leaking and was replaced"

Melinda A., CA (2014 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

Automatic climate control

"When I turn on my air conditioner, the defroger come on, or vice verse, I can't regulate the temperature, it's not a good combination, I can't get comfortable"

Carolyn T., MI (2014 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"Sensor had gone bad"

Anonymous, GA (2014 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.

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

Brakes

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

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.

Exhaust

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

Engine Cooling

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

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