The 2015 Nissan Murano is going on sale this week. It’s ready to tackle your next wine country road trip or whatever other adventure that lies ahead.
This is the third generation of the Murano that was introduced back in 2003. And Nissan spent the extra time and effort to bring the ratchet up the style, design, and the ambiance. Murano’s target audience are the late 40’s empty nesters, or simply adults that want to spend time with other adults.
What does this all mean? The Murano is all about comfort, style, safety, and convenience. This includes the rear passengers. Nissan says – the Murano is perfect for four adults (five in a pinch) to go on the town. The Murano introduces Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats for the four outboard seating positions. All seats can have the heated function, but only the front occupant can opt for cooled seats. Zero Gravity seats are about creating a comfortable seating position that adjusts to relieve pressure points and makes extended trips more enjoyable. We would like to test the claim. Road trip!
Rear seat passengers can not only charge their phones and devices, but they can also plug-in to stream music. It helps that the 2015 Murano has a slippery 0.31 coefficient of drag and laminated acoustic glass to make for a quieter cabin. Everything is geared to promote a social and enjoyable experience.
Power comes from the same 3.5L V6 as before. It’s good for 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. However, 146 pounds of weight reduction, efficiency improvement in the CVT, and a more slippery shape combine for a 20% improvement in fuel economy. Bottom line is: 21 MPG city, 28 MPG highway, and 24 MPG combined. The highway number is best in class and the rating is the same no matter if you choose a FWD or AWD model.
Review and driving impressions are embargoed until December 8th. So please enjoy this TFLcar Almost Everything You Wanted to Know video, while we prepare the sneak peek and complete first drive review for you in the next few days. We have also have a design walk-around and a lot more details coming up.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.