New 2023 Nissan Murano Specs and Features



The 2023 Nissan Murano takes on a stylish look that is difficult to define, but which certainly looks good. However, its appeal starts and ends there as an aging platform holds it back from competing against newer two-row rivals such as the Honda Passport, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Murano's 3.6-liter V-6 output is sufficient, but it's weakening factor is its continuous variable automatic transmission (CVT) that keeps the engine idling when accelerating. The ride may be smooth, driver satisfaction however; isn't a top priority for this vehicle as it should be considering it shares a platform with the more fun Maxima sedan.

The Nissan Murano comesstandard with a suite of driver-assistance features and touchscreen infotainment system. Although it competes against more than two dozen mid-size SUVs, almost all of them are better equipped for their design purposes.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

All Muranos have a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 260 horsepower under the hood. The base model comes with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is an optional upgrade for any trim level. Both setups use a CVT transmission. In our previous test of the Murano, it performed satisfactorily on our test track and had plenty of power to zip around town.

If you rarely push your Murano to its limits, you won't often take advantage of its true potential. The CVT will make the engine rev loudly and hold it there when you press down on the throttle hard--an unenjoyable sound. However, if you're mostly driving on highways for long periods of time, the powertrain will stay in the background more and deliver a calmer journey as that's what it's meant for. Additionally, because the suspension is tuned for comfort, road trips are much easier in this car than others; even going over big potholes results in a smooth ride still.

The Murano is a safe car that will get you to your destination, but it won't be exciting or fun along the way. The steering is good for highways but isn't great on twisty roads. The tow rating is low at 1500 pounds.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

According to the EPA, the Murano will earn 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on highways. All-wheel drive doesn't negatively impact these ratings. In our testing, we found that the Murano falls short of its highway estimate by 1mpg—earning 27 instead of 28— but it still performed better than most of its rivals. For more information about fuel economy and emissions for the Murano please visit the EPA's website

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The Murano's cabin, while comfortable and containing many amenities, looks old fashioned. Our test vehicle had front seats upholstered with soft leather as well as dark teak-wood trim on the door panels, armrests, and center console. Both driver and passenger should have no problem getting into a comfortable position in these fluffy chairs.

Those sitting in the back will find a comfortable reclining bench seat with more than enough padding. The Murano's cargo bay is on the smaller side for its class, which explains why we could only fit nine of our carry-on suitcases when its rivals held more. However, with its rear seat stowed away, we were able to fit 26 cases inside the cabin. Most of the interior storage cubby bins are adequate in size except for the Murano's glovebox - that one is huge!

Is Nissan Murano a reliable car?

Yes, the 2023 Murano is a good SUV. This Nissan's interior is classy and treats occupants to comfy seating and an easy-to-use infotainment system. Its engine is powerful and relatively fuel-efficient, and its soft suspension translates to a pleasant ride quality.

Will Nissan Murano be redesigned for 2023?

Now on sale, the 2023 Nissan Murano returns largely unchanged as it continues to wait for a redesign. In addition to a pair of new paint colors and updated logos, the Murano sees a small price bump across all trims — it now starts at $34,955 for the base S model (all prices include a $1,295 destination fee).

What is the life expectancy of a Nissan Murano?

The average Nissan Murano can give you up to 200,000 miles in its lifespan. If you drive your Murano for an average of 15,000 miles per year, it can last about 10 years without major issues. But maintenance is an important factor to achieve this mileage and longevity.

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