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 otherwise easy to live with. Interior accommodations are generous, with easy access and mostly simple-to-use controls, including a well-designed touch-screen infotainment system. The plush cabin is impressively finished and quiet.
Alerts
There are 5 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

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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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.
NA
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.
NA
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 otherwise easy to live with. Interior accommodations are generous, with easy access and mostly simple-to-use controls, including a well-designed touch-screen 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 that detracts from a driver's confidence on twisty roads. The Murano ultimately proved secure at its emergency handling limits, but it didn't shine. Likewise, ride comfort is decent enough but 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
  • 2.5-liter 4 hybrid (249 hp)
  • 3.5-liter V6 (260 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 Nissan Murano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Passenger outside mirror camera has a bad connection, and does not work (only an issue less than 5% of the time). Frustration is that the dealer supposedly fixed it already once"

Jeff R., ON (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Bluetooth will occasionally drop while playing music and audio books"

Anonymous, OK (2016 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Poorly designed. Not intuitive to use. As a passenger, very frustrating that nothing can be changed or entered unless car is in park"

Donald A., ON (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes doesn't connect"

Anonymous, NY (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"after a call connects, volume of voice on other end, starts very softly, then as call progresses, gets louder. Constantly moving volume button on steering wheel up and down to adjust"

Anonymous, WI (2016 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Bluetooth often becomes disabled and I must restart the car to get it to work"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Does allow or recognize the use of the second phone when my wife drives the car. It will respond to a call to me but if not in use will not respond to a second phone . Tech said both numbers are entered correctly"

M F., NJ (2016 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"Constantly drops paired device"

Donald A., ON (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Very erratic , sometimes works, sometimes not"

Robert N., MA (2016 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"The voice commands are so hit and miss I don't use them"

Anonymous, ON (2016 Nissan Murano SL 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

"windshield leak on upper corner"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Rear hatch leaked water inside vehicle after heavy rain"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Squeaks on the rear doors when it's cold outside"

Anonymous, QC (2016 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"wind noise caused by luggage rack cross bars"

Ralph Z., CA (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"A lot of wind noise on passenger side and also a lot of road noise on highway"

Anonymous, SK (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 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)

"Recall on the main valve body for the Antilock brakes was repaired very efficiently and effectively by selling Nissan dealer. No big deal, it happens"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Recall for potential leakage"

Anonymous, IN (2016 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"AWD error kept coming up. Took 8 trips to Nissan to have repaired. Now a recall"

Patricia J., IL (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

"driver's door fits poorly"

Anonymous, MA (2016 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"bad part produced wind noise - repaired under warranty"

Anonymous, AB (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

"small weather stripping around body molding adjacent to mirrors both sides not installed properly"

Anonymous, FL (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"the passenger side front door trim is loose and rattles when you close it"

Anonymous, OH (2016 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

Blower (fan) motor

"The blower motor shorted out for a second time, almost exactly a year after the first breakage, and the car is only 1.5 years old"

Anonymous, PA (2016 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Check engine light was on. Problem was due to malfunctioning sensor"

Todd L., FL (2016 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

Cruise control

"The cruise control will work for about 10 minutes on the highway then stops working. It seems to be related to the problem of the Forward Emergency Brake issue. I am loath to bring it to the dealer since they suck so badly and have given me such bad service. NISSAN SHEEY IN MANASSAS VIRGINIA"

Mark G., VA (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

Driveline vibration

"this car had the driveline vibration from the first day i received the car with 50 miles on it. dealer finally replaced the driveshaft"

Anonymous, IL (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"CVT had a rough spot which led to jerkiness at constant speed around 30 km/h. Transmission was replaced"

Jeff R., ON (2016 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"The seal on the oil filter failed and a leak developed"

Anonymous, ON (2016 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.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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

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