2013 Nissan Murano Review

The 2013 Nissan Murano is an updated version of the rounded and well appointed mid size crossover by the Japanese brand. The car stood out among the rivals because the Murano is styled distinctively and more elegantly. The overall Murano is remained unchanged for the 2013 and only a few amendments are made to the safety features of the car. Initially after the debut of the Nissan Murano for many folks it was a bit odd because of its rounded shape that is totally different from the conventional SUVs but a year later people start admiring this unique looking crossover and today it is the solid choice of a big crowd. The Murano has been the hot favorite of lots of crossover lovers not just because of its styling and distinctive look but actually the Murano has something more fascinating for the enthusiasts that are discussed in the review below.

Exterior

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The Murano is there on the market over a decade with almost same styling and exterior features but still it looks fresh and elegant. The front end is complimented with a grille that is not mesh well but is really contrasting the headlights and optional LED daytime running lights and the rear end is complimented with hexagonal rear window and wraparound taillights. The car sits on standard 18 inch alloy wheels whereas the 19 inch alloy wheels are optional. The upper trim levels adds rain sensing wipers, panoramic sunroof, heated mirrors, power liftgate (on SL trim), fog lights, automatic headlights, roof rack side rails (SV trim) and a rearview camera.

Interior and Trims

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The 2013 Nissan Murano is offered in four trims, the base S, SV, SL and SE. Standard interior features on the S trim of the Murano are keyless entry, cloth upholstery, 7 inch monochrome screen, dual zone automatic climate control, reclining 60/40 split rear seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, height adjustable driver seat, cruise control, a six speaker audio system with six CD changer and an auxiliary audio input jack. Moving up to the upper trim levels means the buyers will get a long list of more standard features of great quality. The LE models are the top of the line and are expensive due to its luxury features and equipment.

Safety Features

Standard safety features on all 2013 Nissan Murano are front-seat side-impact airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, active front head restraints, antilock brakes, lane-departure warning, rear cross-path detection, blind-spot detection and  traction and stability control.

Powertrain and Performance

All trim levels of the 2013 Murano are equipped with a 3.5 liter V6 engine good for 260 horsepower and 250 lb ft of torque. The front wheel drive and a CVT are standard whereas an all wheel drive system is optional. The EPA estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined with front wheel drive and 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined with AWD.

Pricing and Availability

The starting prices of all the four trim levels are as follows.

Base S $28,440
SV $31,530
SL $35,390
LE $37,880

 

The 2013 Nissan Murano is available for sale and is the 3rd most affordable SUV on the market in the list of 21.

Competition

The Murano 2013 has to face tough competition from Ford Edge, Toyota Venza, Jeep Grand Cherokee, GMC Terrain and Kia Sorento.

Pros

  • Spacious interior
  • Comfortable and roomy backseats
  • Smooth ride
  • Good and responsive handling

Cons

  • Rivals has more cargo area
  • Poor rear visibility

The Verdict

The Nissan Murano 2013 is an ideal choice for those looking for a spacious SUV and it has tons of features for the price. The four different trims help the Japanese brand to cover a big crowd of potential buyers under a single product line.

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