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 2 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.
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.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
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.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

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.
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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.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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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 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, hampered 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
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

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
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 2018 Nissan Murano owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Collision avoidance constantly comes on and disables the cruise control. We need to take it to the dealer for warranty repair. Should be a recall but they have not issued one yet. Apparently this is a common issue."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Radar sensor had to be replaced. 12 months later it is failing again."

Frank W., QC (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Radar sensor kicks out. It says there is something blocking it and the cruise control stops working. After a few minutes it resets itself and starts working again."

Ron J., ON (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Forward sensor occasionally malfunctions and shuts down adapt cruise."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Cruise control turns off when front radar goes out (which seems too frequently and for no reason), and will not reset. Sometimes will not set even after car has been turned off overnight. When it does set, it tends to last only about 7 to 10 minutes before going off."

Lucy S., CA (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"The front radar stops working frequently -it announces obstruction when there does not appear to be any (and orange icon stays on for some time afterward (3 - 8 minutes?). This causes the cruise control to turn off and it will not reset, even after the radar icon goes off."

Lucy S., CA (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"the front radar sensor was faulty from the day we picked it up, it took them 3 months to get the parts in to fix it as it was a known problem"

Richard H., AB (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"cruise control would cut out on hiway, come back on but wouldn't stay on, had to drive 1200 miles using foot on gas pedal."

Norm W., NE (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"The front sensor that operated the radar had to be replaced as it was defective. It caused the cruise control to cut out when being used on the highway. It would come up on the dash and state the front radar wasn't available and the cruise control would cut out and I couldn't get it to come back on. The sensor was replaced but I think the same problem is happening again."

Moira T., AB (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"dealer replaced sensor"

Esther H., SC (2018 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"Immediately after purchase (used, 12k miles), I began receiving a Front Radar Unavailable warning messages. Dealer replaced sensor under warranty."

Craig O., IL (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The car occasionally gave warning that the front collision warning system was not working. I contacted the dealership and was told the part was on back order. It was finally replaced two months later than the original dealer visit."

William G., IL (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Radar unavailable due to malfunction in radar box installed in front grill. Problem was resolved with second replacement. So far no problems in the last three weeks. time will tell."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"within 30 days of purchase the cruise control stopped functioning. it is a known problem by Nissan but we had to call the national consumer line to get it repaired. It has failed twice more and they have replaced the unit twice."

Jon N., AZ (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The front proximity sensor failed basically immediately after new purchase (would shut down multiple times while driving eliminating the ability to do adaptive cruise). Because it was a pervasive problem due to a supplier (Bosch), the part was not available for many months while they produced a fixed batch. Once replaced under warranty, it has been completely fine."

Richard O., CA (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The radar sensor in front of car had to be replaced in The first 2000 miles."

Quentin W., TN (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The system would shut down with a written warning indicating that there was an front obstruction in the radar warning system. It would also kick off cruise control."

Gary R., VA (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The sensor shuts off after 1 minute of driving."

Dennis R., OR (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"inconsistent operation of the system"

Keith H., TX (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"Front radar sensor was faulty and would trigger the alarm up to 9 times in a 30 minute period."

Anonymous, NY (2018 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

Apple CarPlay

"CarPlay functions intermittently. Took to dealer but was unable to resolve. Tries updating the Navigation software version but it still is intermittent. USB port sometimes doesn't charge the iPhone."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Car play would never connect the first year. Nissan did not know why. Then an upgrade by Apple fixed the problem"

Anonymous, NV (2018 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)

"I have never had apple car play to work correctly. most of the time it cannot context. when it does connect it frequently crashes and just dies. Also when it does work, the music is unable to be played. It is a terrible interface, the icons are huge and cartoonish. Very poor of Nissan to design and interface as important as this. Not even the Nissan dealer could fix it but they said I would haver to formally apply to get a new system from Nissan before I can have it fixed."

Blackman D., NV (2018 Nissan Murano SV 3.5-L V6)
Backup or other camera/sensors

"After one year started having problem with back up camera loosing picture. Fixed by Nissan dealer after two tries (first time installed wrong camera that gave different color and clarity of picture) second time got original part and fixed it for goog"

Anonymous, NY (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The USB interface in the dash was defective, but appeared as if it were a problem with CarPlay. It started intermittently, and rebooting the head unit seemed to resolve the issue. Eventually the problem became so bad that anything connected wouldn't really function."

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"this is a platinum trim level, I subscribed to travel link through Sirius radio, this vehicle does not receive the signal, a 42k car at the highest trim level, many trips to Nissan many conversations with Nissan corporate ,they say its working correctly . I had a 2014 roque , and know how its supposed to work, this vehicle does not make you aware of traffic problems, does not reroute you , it does nothing. very disappointing."

James D., CT (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Routine software updates

"Dealer contacted me and warned of potential problem with back-up camera. I took it in and software was updated."

Anonymous, IA (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Software update fixes

"When the cruise control failed they supposedly did a software update. When we left the dealer it failed again within 5 miles. The did a software update again but eventually had to replace the hardware unit. We are currently on the third replacement unit."

Jon N., AZ (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"Speakers and the verbal phone commands are not well understood plus you cannot hear the passenger speaking on the hands free, but you can on my 2015 SL. ????"

Anonymous, FL (2018 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

"Tube that helps water run off from sunroof was either blocked/cracked. Water was running into car near dash board of driver's side"

Anonymous, SC (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"As with our previous Nissan Rogue, there is an issue with the moonroof leaking. Basically the drains get clogged and water then builds up and can leak into the cabin. We specifically asked the dealer about this when we bought the car and they denied it would be an issue with the Murano. Later a different person at the dealer said all moonroofs will leak if they are parked where debris can get into the channels. They also said it was a fairly involved process to clean out the drains and that it would be a not cheap in terms of labor charges to have the dealer do it. In any case, the problem indeed doesn't happen if the car doesn't sit where it might be exposed to lots of small debris. I still wonder if this is more of an Nissan thing vs. something that happens with all makes with moonroofs."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"It took three visits and 8 mounths"

Anonymous, TN (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"The problem was resolved after three visits to dealership."

Anonymous, TN (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"a knocking noise in the left rear quarter panel"

James D., CT (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"Hard to find rattle in the passenger door"

Anonymous, CO (2018 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"A very bad knocking metal to metal sound. Nissan has not Been able to find this. It is very annoying!"

Quentin W., TN (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"The car is very, very noisy."

Anonymous, MN (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

"Power steering box is leaking. Have not gotten it in to repair. Started at 9000 miles."

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"Grinding noise at low speeds. Was seized strut bearing, front right."

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)

"strut mounts front top covered by warranty"

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

"When car was delivered, struts were not properly inspected and adjusted. Dealership was reluctant to believe my wife that significant noises were occurring during regular operation. Finally had to ask for Manager to get something done. Once adjusted struts have functioned flawlessly."

Anonymous, TX (2018 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

"Trim on door seal installed incorrectly ( upside down)"

Anonymous, MB (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Buffing swirls in paint on numerous body panels. Two trips to dealer to remedy. Brand new vehicle. Poor quality control."

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano S 3.5-L V6)

"The panels in the ca had different shades if white color. They did it blend with each other."

Craig P., FL (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

"Cruise control constantly disengaged due to faulty sensor. Took multiple visits to dealer to fix"

Eric L., FL (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 3.5-L V6)
USB port

"The USB port occasionally doesn't power the iPhone, or connect it as an iPod."

Anonymous, ON (2018 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

Normal routine brake wear

"to flush out the brake system and replace the rotors and pads cost me 1500"

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)
Pulsation or vibration

"Brakes pulsated badly consistently whenever the brakes were applied. New rear brake pads and rotors were turned to correct the problem."

Anonymous, (2018 Nissan Murano SV 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)

"This was frustrating because a recall was not issued Nissan waited until "check engine" came on"

Anonymous, TX (2018 Nissan Murano SL 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 sensor or solenoid

"The car at slow speeds could shimmy and jerk the module was replaced after a few months the same problem apparently the sensor was faulty so it was replsced again and no problem since"

Anonymous, ON (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"The car is comfortable and drives well, but there is an anti-freeze smell from under the hood that is apparent when the engine is at operating temperature. This has been brought to the dealers attention twice. They have indicated that there is a technical service bulletin that addresses the problem but offers no solution. The band-aid fix at this time is to watch the condition and add anti-freeze if the reservoir is low"

William S., NC (2018 Nissan Murano SL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine mounts

"Engine not properly bolted to frame. Corrected."

Anonymous, TX (2018 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

Glass defects

"leak on the front windshield on the drivers side, they removed the windshield and found a void where it was leaking on the riverside window post"

Richard H., AB (2018 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

Heater system

"It takes about 30 minutes to get real warm on very cold days"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Nissan Murano Platinum 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

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

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