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2021 Nissan Murano

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  • Overview

    A white 2021 Nissan Murano SL is angled left.

    Crossover SUVs come with several perks when compared to traditional SUVs. Since crossovers are car-based rather than truck-based, they tend to ride smoother, they have better fuel economy, and they're much easier to stop than SUVs due to their lower weight. There are several sizes of crossover vehicles, but midsize models are desirable for their cargo space and mileage. Since they're small enough to not be heavy but not too small, they provide a perfect balance for drivers. A great example of this is the 2021 Nissan Murano.

    The Murano can get up to 28 MPG on the highway, and it offers up to 67 cubic feet of cargo space, making it a highly practical choice for individuals and families. Available features enhance both luxury and safety, with highlights such as heated front and rear quilted leather Zero Gravity Seats, cutting edge Safety Shield 360 technologies, and an all-wheel drive option for extra traction in bad weather. There's a lot to say about the 2021 Nissan Murano, and we're excited to dive in deeper here with you. Let's take a closer look at everything this model has to offer.

    260

    Horsepower (hp)

    20 / 28

    Fuel Economy (city/hwy mpg)

    67

    Cargo Space (cu.ft.)

    Starting at

    $32,625

  • Performance

    A white 2021 Nissan Murano is driving on a snowy road.

    The 2021 Nissan Murano balances power and fuel economy by producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque while still getting up to 28 MPG on the highway. It achieves this through its 3.5-liter V6 engine, efficient continuously variable transmission, and advanced aerodynamics. Even more impressive, the available intelligent all-wheel drive system can switch between 2-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive on its own, adjusting to driving and weather conditions. Not only does this provide increased traction in bad conditions, but it also enhances performance by engaging 4-wheel drive when accelerating from a stop or cruising down windy roads.

    Advanced Features

    Another perk of the 2021 Nissan Murano's performance is its handling and suspension. Its power steering system adjusts based on speed for intuitive handling, and its rebound springs and rigid stabilizer bars create a smooth, seamless ride across any terrain. Some crossovers and SUVs ride rough, but the driving the Murano isn't like that. Its great suspension is especially noticeable on rough roads or during road work. In addition to this, the Murano also comes with hill start assist, making rollbacks a thing of the past by using sensors to detect when a vehicle is on a hill, then automatically applying brakes as the driver switches from the brake to the gas. The Murano has power, it rides smoothly, and it's cheap on gas. Overall, this model's performance is one of its strong points.

  • Safety

    The front two rows of cream-colored seats are shown in a 2021 Nissan Murano from a high angle.

    Let's take a look at how safe the 2021 Nissan Murano is. First, it comes with Nissan's Safety Shield 360 suite of driver-assistance technologies. This includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear automatic braking, blind spot warning with rear cross traffic alert, and lane departure warning. This collection of systems provides you with a 360-degree awareness of your surroundings, but let's take a closer look at what these do.

    Driver Assist Technology

    Automatic braking with pedestrian detection works by using front-mounted sensors to monitor the area for vehicles, pedestrians, and other potential obstructions. When the Murano detects an object, it applies light automatic braking combined with warnings for the driver. If the driver does not heed those warnings fast enough, automatic emergency braking kicks into full gear, and the crossover will come to a complete stop. The blind spot intervention technology not only alerts drivers when a vehicle is in their blind spot, but it also ensures that they stay in their current lane if they continue to drift into the other lane anyway. This works through radar monitoring and selective braking.

    Rear cross traffic alert works by using radar sensors as well, monitoring vehicles behind rather than on the side or ahead. It alerts drivers through flashing lights that indicate which side the approaching vehicle is coming from. Intelligent lane intervention is a lane departure technology that monitors the road's lanes and uses braking force and dashboard warnings to ensure the Murano doesn't depart from its intended lane. Lastly, intelligent forward collision warning monitors vehicles ahead to help maintain proper spacing between the driver and the vehicles ahead.

    Further, the Murano also comes with high beam assist and intelligent cruise control. High beam assist can automatically switch over to low beams when oncoming traffic is detected, while intelligent cruise control monitors the traffic ahead of you and automatically adjusts vehicle speed to match the traffic flow. Rather than having to turn your cruise control on and off, intelligent cruise control does the work for the driver without forcing drivers to reset it.

    Robust Construction

    These convenient safety features work well, but what really makes the 2021 Nissan Murano safe is its design and safety performance features. These features consist of the ten standard airbags, which include dual-stage airbags with seat belt and occupant sensors, knee-mounted airbags, side airbags, and roof-mounted airbags, providing protection all around. In addition to this, its vehicle dynamic control and traction control systems help keep the Murano where it is intended and make it easier to maintain road grip during poor weather conditions.

    Its anti-locking braking system prevents wheel lockup during hard braking, and its electronic brake force distribution balances weight during emergency braking situations. Finally, the 202­1 Nissan Murano is built with Zone Body construction. In short, this design is made up of crushable zones, which absorb most of the impact in a crash. These zones are most relevant on the driver and passenger areas and on the vehicle's front end. Overall, the Murano's safety is top-notch, providing efficient safety tech features and a safer body style.

  • Interior

    A view of the panoramic moonroof inside a 2021 Nissan Murano is shown from a low angle inside the cabin.

    The 2021 Nissan Murano's interior is convenient, comfortable, and pleasant on the eyes. It offers up to 67 cubic feet of cargo space, made available by 60/40-split split second-row seating. This allows owners to fold down the second-row seats to create more cargo space. Second, the Murano offers a driver's memory system, meaning that you can restore your personal mirror, seating, and steering wheel settings with the push of a button - an invaluable feature if you share your SUV with other drivers.

    Comfort Features

    To add to the Murano's convenience features, the available heated steering wheel and remote engine system work together to keep the Murano at the perfect temperature in cold weather. If those features weren't enough on their own, the motion-activated liftgate and rear door alert systems make it easier for drivers to load up the Murano conveniently. As far as aesthetics goes, there are options for black and tan cloth, leatherette, or leather upholstery, and the Nissan Zero Gravity seats offer heating and ventilation for perfect comfort.

    Modern Technology

    Now, let's look at the tech aspects. The 2021 Nissan Murano comes with a standard 8-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth compatibility, and voice commands. Further, it is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration, and the digital driver-assist display offers information such as tire pressure, a compass, entertainment information, and much more. The vehicle even works with Google Assist and Amazon Alexa so that you have all your favorite modern technologies available. As a whole, the 2021 Nissan Murano's interior provides several convenience options, making it an easy, fun crossover for everyone.

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