Nissan Murano Platinum AWD, it has done marvelously well on the 40,000 mile long-term test

2015-04-19 23:11:45
Nissan Murano Platinum AWD, it has done marvelously well on the 40,000 mile long-term test
Nissan Murano Platinum AWD, it has done marvelously well on the 40,000 mile long-term test

Nissan Murano in sales figures comes after the smaller Rogue and the three-row Pathfinder but is regarded as an important vehicle for the brand, as it is very familiar to buyers.  It has also been a trendsetter within  with bold design style and the latest 2015 Moreno Valley is already being copied by the 2016 Maxima.   

We chose the 2015 Murano as our long-term testing vehicle given its practicality and the trend-setting role and put it through a long distance journey of 40,000 miles to test its capabilities. So we ordered the top-spec Platinum Trim with AWD and a price tag of $41,485 pinned on its shoulders. Considering this vehicle being a crossover we piled on the goodies by choosing the above trim so that our long distance grind is made easier.

It is certainly not cheap, but it was loaded with features like heated leather, front and rear seats, steering wheel and exterior mirrors all heated, and considering the cold winter we needed all these supports. It had dual-zone auto climate control,   and remote ignition. The front seats are offered with “Zero Gravity” design of Nissan which was inspired by astronauts’ seating in space, and they were ventilated.  This may sound very dramatic, but the seats were found to be ultra-comfortable. The back seats are the reclining variety, and they were given the “Zero Gravity” treatment and had a lot of space for big adults. The test Murano also had power liftgate, LED exterior lighting all over and proximity entry and start.

For entertainment, the Murano Platinum trim is fitted with a Bose stereo system with nine speakers accompanied by two woofers though the sound quality is found wanting. Knobs, buttons and array of dials make audio system operation blissfully easy; the dashboard has an eight-inch touch screen as the interface for various Mobile Apps apart from the standard features like the navigation system and Bluetooth. There were plug points offering 12 volts and USB ports to plug various electronic and electric items.

Only one factory option was added to our vehicle that is the Technology package worth $2260. It additionally offered adaptive cruise control, forward emergency breaking, and forward collision warning and the high-resolution screen located on the instrument panel operated these. There is also a huge sunroof with the package that we used to observe threatening clouds.

The Murano has been given only one engine option and also one transmission in a 3.5 Liter V-6 engines that produce 260-hp and a continuously variable transmission. Initial driving offered a 7.3 seconds 0-60 mph dash and 15.6 seconds quarter mile run. The Murano is packed with luxury features and ample space and would undoubtedly undertake several long road travels. We have so far travelled 2888, and it has taken us one month to do that and the Murano has not given us any trouble and proved popular. During these miles, the fuel economy average of the vehicle was 21mpg, and the fuel tank can hold 19.0 gallons that will take us to 400 miles at one go.

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