2018 Nissan Murano Preview
By Philly Murtha, March 26, 2018
- Standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and forward collision
- warning systems
- Standard NissanConnect with 8-in. display, navigation and updated integration for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Standard rearview camera
- SV trim comes with blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert
- SL and Platinum trims receive motion-activated power liftgate
- Midnight Edition “blackout” appearance package enhanced for SL trim
- Optional Premium package with multiple driver assistance systems
The 2018 Nissan Murano midsize crossover, which shares a platform with midsize Altima, stands out from other midsize SUVs with sculptured styling and a host of safety and tech features. Built at Nissan’s Canton, MS, plant, Murano was introduced in 2003 based on a design from Nissan’s La Jolla, CA, studio. A last redesign was in 2014. This year, demand for Murano is up in double digits in a crowded segment led by Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Highlander.
The 2018 Murano features Nissan’s latest “Energetic Flow” styling elements that include V-Motion grille, LED signature “boomerang” headlights and seamless “floating” roof design. Murano’s aerodynamics are enhanced with active grille shutter and an integrated rear spoiler.
The 2018 Nissan Murano’s cabin seats five in two rows with “zero gravity” front and rear seating for a lounge feel. Rear seats share a three-cushion design and can be heated and cooled. Basic S and SV trims include suede-like upholstery, while SL and Platinum add leather. Murano’s 60/40 split rear seats collapse to nearly double cargo space to 69.9 cu. ft.
Other standard features inside are dual-zone climate control, push button ignition. A heated steering wheel, driver’s seat and side mirror memory settings, power return rear seatbacks, remote engine start are available features on different trims.
The 2018 Murano’s instrument panel is lower than in the 2017 model, but is outfitted with a 7.0-in Advanced Driver Assist display and standard NissanConnect and Navigation infotainment center with standard 8.0-in. color touch screen.
Nissan’s Midnight Edition “blackout” package, available on SL trim, expands to include black 20-in. alloy wheels and all-black exterior accents such as V-Motion grille, side mirrors, roof rails, splash guards, badging and illuminated kickplates.
An SV Premium package now includes Intelligent Around View Monitor with four cameras, Intelligent Driver Alertness, Intelligent Cruise plus Power Moonroof and Bose premium audio system with 11 speakers, heated front seats and side mirrors and 18-in. aluminum alloy wheels. A new Moonroof package also has been added.
Under the Hood:
All 2018 Nissan Muranos are equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque when matched with Nissan’s standard fuel efficient Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with front-wheel drive (FWD) or available all-wheel drive (AWD).
Both front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) variants are EPA rated to average 21 mpg/city and 28 mpg/highway for a combined 24 mpg.
Every 2018 Murano is equipped with Nissan’s Advanced Air Bag system that features multiple front, side and knee air bags plus warning sensors.
All Muranos come with standard Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and forward collision warning systems. Blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, 4-camera Around View Monitor and drowsy driver alert system are standard on the SV trim.
The 2018 Nissan Murano (FWD and AWD) receives an overall safety rating of 5 out of 5 stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Murano its top “Good” rating on every crash test and it rates “Superior” for front crash protection. In remaining tests, Murano gets a “Marginal” score for headlights and “Acceptable” for ease of use for child seat anchors and LATCH hardware.
Latest technology available on Murano includes the Intelligent Driver Alertness feature that warns a driver with sound and visual cues when drowsiness is detected after analyzing steering inputs for changes in a driver’s behavior. It comes standard on SL and Platinum trims and is part of the SV Premium package. Also featured is a novel capability that uses Alexa virtual digital assistant on Amazon Echo for remote start, locking and unlocking of Murano’s doors and for horn honks.