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The striking, third-generation Nissan Murano serves up a decidedly premium interior feel. While the curvy, swoopy concept-car like styling impedes outward visibility, the Murano is easy to live with otherwise. Interior accommodations are generous, access is easy, and controls are mostly simple-to-use, including a well designed touchscreen infotainment system. The plush cabin is impressively finished and quiet.
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

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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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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 striking, third-generation Nissan Murano serves up a decidedly premium interior feel. While the curvy, swoopy concept-car like styling impedes outward visibility, the Murano is easy to live with otherwise. Interior accommodations are generous, access is easy, and controls are mostly simple-to-use, including a well designed touchscreen infotainment system. The plush cabin is impressively finished and quiet.

Although the interior might scream "luxury," driving the Murano proves to be rather mundane. Cornering is uninvolving and devoid of sportiness, limited by overly light steering detracting from a driver's confidence on twisty roads. Murano ultimately proved secure at its emergency handling limits, but didn't shine. Likewise, ride comfort is decent, though it doesn't stand out.

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

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 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

“Recall only. Not had actual problem, but had to have new part installed”

Anonymous, TX (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“I was a recall, they fixed it”

Anonymous, NY (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“I experienced no problem in this area. However, the car was subject to a recall and some aspect of the ABS system was replaced. I never got a problem indicator on the dashboard or in use of the brakes”

Mel G., CA (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Car has had a recall on ABS braking system. Nissan fixed it”

Anthony G., TX (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Factory recall”

Anonymous, ME (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“factory recall”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“part of a recall for both our 2015 muranos”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Recall”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“recall and replacement of ABS actuator”

Kevin D., KS (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Factory recall for possible small break fluid leak”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Recall item; ABS actuator might leak brake fluid. Fixed by dealer but did not experience any prior issues”

Francesca P., CA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Covered by warranty. Dealer fixed and provided loaner. Only concern; notice in mail said definitely park and don't drive due to risk of fire but initially service rep. Told me I could drive car unless warning light lit up. But when I shied the service rep. The recall notice from Nissan they provided the loaner”

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“ABS had a factory recall. Leaks could catch fire”

Anonymous, IA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“This was a recall situation. My vehicle was determined to have a possible defective ABS actuator, but I had not actually experienced a problem”

Jerry L., WA (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Recall and inspection of ABS Actuator Code, resulting in replacement of ABS Control Unit”

Valerie J., IL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“ABS Sensor system (recall)”

Kimberly S., DC (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

“no immediate problems but was a recall item”

Anonymous, OH (2015 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

“Collision avoidance system inoperative. Took 3 months and numerous visits of 4-5 days to finally diagnose and fix problem. dealer had to call in Corp people to finally fix. Same problem with passenger air bag off/on indicator”

Anonymous, CA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
CD player

“CD skips occasionally”

James T., IL (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

“Sometimes the dial up or dialing process goes awry and the system will indicate unable to complete call and it reverts back to the audio/radio. Sometimes, it will go back to the dialing process by itself or if I attempt to redial # it can freeze up at times”

Frank M., IL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“NissanConnect system frequently locks up with no on-screen buttons responding. Eventually the system crashes and reboots itself. UNACCEPTABLE, NISSAN!!!”

Michael W., NY (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“The map that came with the system is very old and inaccurate”

Donald N., IL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“Occasionally, I may have to manually go through the phone pairing process to have the system recognize my phone. I do have an older Samsung S2 phone but I've had this since before I purchased the Murano. I would say that the system is successful in phone pairing/identifying well over 95% of the time. I never really had much of a phone problem in my older, Nissan manufactured, 2011 Infiniti G37XS, so I'm surprised that occasionally the Murano has glitches”

Frank M., IL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“E-mail just started working regularly with the last software update to the car. Until then, e-mail would only work maybe once per month. No one at Nissan could figure out why. They blamed the phone, but obviously it wasn't, with it working with a new software update to the car. Also, the advertising for the Murano implied that there would be multiple apps. There is only google search, which works great when it works, which is about 90% of the time, but from time-to-time it won't connect”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Phone pairing is intermittent. Sometimes the system pairs with the phone and sometimes it doesn't, and if it does not connect, it will not do so until the car is turned off and then back on again. This is VERY ANNOYING, and it has nothing to do with the phone, which pairs with my wife's Lexus RX350 as well as with other Bluetooth/WiFi sources EVERY TIME without fail. This NissanConnect system has had issues since the day I picked up the car, and it's very frustrating”

Michael W., NY (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Speech recognition is intermittent as far as 'recognition' of what is said goes. Some days it will recognize a word used often, other times it will not. Windows need to be closed and heat or A/C needs to be turned OFF to increase chances of speech being recognized”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

“Water leaking through moon roof. Dealer said there was a flaw in the drainage and it needed to be unclogged and cleaned out. Water was leaking into driver's area under the dashboard onto the carpet”

Anonymous, PA (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Overhead console leaked, resulting in Nissan replacing entire windshield”

Valerie J., IL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“One of the most annoying things is that the driver seat squeaks over bumps. The dealer can't seem to find an issue, but they spray it and it stops for a few weeks. I am 250lbs, so maybe that is the issue, but it shouldn't make that much noise. It makes the car sound cheap”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Intermittent noise/rattle coming somewhere in the roof or back seat”

Anonymous, FL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“Rear doors rattle when shut. Does not rattle when driving down the road”

Anonymous, UT (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“1 day after delivery the engine began making a loud whistling sound. I brought it back to the dealer and it was fixed within 20 minutes. A solenoid hose had come loose”

Anonymous, MD (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

“Wine noise around the car driving above 70mph and also my car locks when they lock they make a squeak noise”

Eric M., FL (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

Coolers and lines

“Had to take to the shop for repairs twice. They tried repair and finally replaced parts”

Anonymous, AR (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

“There was an unusual noise and lack of pick-up after slowing down for turns”

Anonymous, GA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Rough shifting

“It has the CVT so it doesn't actually shift however the transmission was jerky when acceleration and slowing down. They looked up the serial number and it was a faulty part but the dealer said it was a pretty major issue. Fixed under warranty”

Anonymous, MO (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“Transmission jerking ar various speeds”

Michael W., TX (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

“WOULD NOT SIMULATE TRANSMISSION SHIFTS”

Lewis L., BC (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“In the last six months it has been in the shop three times. Twice to replace parts once for a leaking gasket”

Anonymous, AR (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“was covered thru warranty they had a few issues with leaks in my transmission,”

Anonymous, PA (2015 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

Body control module

“AC has not been working roperly. The A/C stays on any time the fan is used”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Passenger external mirror was not moving left or right anymore - it was due to the mirror not receiving the message (input) from the car computer. The mirror was replaced under warranty but it was a two (2) weeks waiting period before I could have it installed on the vehicle. The fog lights are not working anymore”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Interior lights

“Murano floor board trim lights on drivers side shorted out causing considerable smoke”

Anonymous, WA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Warning lights

“rear hatch indicator would go on and not allow hatch to open. when driving, a high pitch noise would come from outside the car in the rear hatch area”

Anonymous, MA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Would not shift properly when driving about 25 mph. When taken to the shop, they said the transmission would need to be replaced”

Anonymous, TN (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“The car has had an ongoing performance issue and the dealer recently acknowledged it needs a new transmission. If is being replaced next week”

Brenda B., CT (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“At low speeds (15-20 heavy traffic or slight incline) the car would have a continuous series of bucking. I could repeat the symptoms almost will. The dealer (who was/is terrific) replaced the transmission while providing me a loaner vehicle”

R C., PA (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“reprogram o2 censor”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Recall item; fixed by dealer”

Francesca P., CA (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

“Fuel transfer sensor went out minutes after I bought it”

Anonymous, CO (2015 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Since purchase of this car, I have had fit and finish defects and problems. Moldings coming loose, poor alignment of trim panels, etc. The latest defect was that the underside engine and transmission covers fell off while driving. It is a shame the fit and finish quality mars the overall ratings . ratings for this car. With only 21k miles, I am getting squeaks and interior rattles”

Gehla K., OR (2015 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

“Slash guard under driver's side door did not align with splash guard under passenger door”

Anonymous, AR (2015 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

Electrical failure

“The fog lights stopped working. The electric power steering is noisy (high pitch noise) but not constantly -it is an intermittent problem - something that promise to be an expensive repair in a late future and make you feel unsecured when occurring. The dealer is denying everything”

Anonymous, ON (2015 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Differential

“There was a leak in one of the seals that was covered under warranty”

Anonymous, IA (2015 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

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Rear hatch will sometimes fall back down partially after rising to its normal height”

Frederick M., OK (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 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 cables

“After two months of driving, at approximately 1500 miles, the negative battery cable became detached from the battery, causing a complete loss of power throughout the vehicle”

Anonymous, VA (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

Refrigerant leaks

“It had leaked out due to o ring twist”

Anonymous, MS (2015 Nissan Murano SV 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

“We have had problems with the passenger side air bags. When you sit in the seat it does not register as activated. We have taken it in manyl times and they are unable to fix it. I think there was a recall on the issue”

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

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