2020 Nissan Murano

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$31,530 - $45,330
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2020 Nissan Murano Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: May 7, 2020
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The Nissan Murano is a perfect blend of all amassed features. The axiomatic interior and exterior of the car give it a stunning look. The 260hp engine is a feature that cannot be ignored. It is a car which offers both style and efficiency. Pricing for the Murano starts at $31,530.

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Pros

Premium interiors

Spacious cabin

Comfortable seats

Distinctive styling

Cons

Low towing capacity

Compromised outward visibility

Dated interior layout

What's New?

Updated standard safety features on SV and above trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31530

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

240 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

67.8 in.

curb weight

3823 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

67 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1287 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

ev range

380 mi.

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures

Exterior
Interior

Styles

2020 Nissan Murano in Brilliant Silver Metallic color 2020 Nissan Murano in Cayenne Red Metallic color 2020 Nissan Murano in Deep Blue Pearl color 2020 Nissan Murano in Gun Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Final Verdict

8.4

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Nissan Murano S

S

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$31,530 - $33,130


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $31,530 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $33,130 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Murano SV

SV

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$35,160 - $36,760


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $35,160 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $36,760 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Murano SL

SL

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$39,680 - $41,280


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $39,680 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
SL 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $41,280 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

2020 Nissan Murano Platinum

Platinum

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$43,730 - $45,330


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $43,730 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $45,330 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The starting price of the Nissan Murano is $31,530, and it goes up to $43,730. It is a little expensive than its rival cars, but surely it provides a galore of features. The 260hp engine is a feature that cannot be ignored. It is a car which offers both style and efficiency. Due to certain flaws, Murano faces fierce competition mainly from Chevrolet Blazer and other rivals such as Ford Edge and Kia Sorento.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Murano SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.4/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Nissan Murano Features

8.0/10

The Nissan Murano comes in four trims, the same as last year, with no significant differences in the trim pattern. All with attractive and different features that will enthrall you. The most costly is the Platinum trim, which consists of LED Headlights and 20" aluminum-alloy wheels. The Nissan Connect Service is a crucial addition too.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP

$31,530

$35,160

$39,680

$43,730

MSRP(AWD) 

$33,130

$36,760

$41,280

$45,330

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

Features

Dusk sensing LED Headlamps

Adds to S -

Adds to SV -

Adds to SL -

 

Pre-collision safety system

Post-collision safety system

Front fog/driving lights

Premium leather upholstery

 

Rear view camera

Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

Front, side, and rear view camera

Cooled front seats

 

6 speakers

Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

11 speaker Bose premium audio system

Dual panel panoramic sunroof

 

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Leather steering wheel

Heated steering wheel

Steering-wheel position memory

 

Emergency braking assist

Rear parking sensors

Front and rear parking sensors

 

 

Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Adaptive cruise control

Reverse tilt dual mirrors

 

 

6- way manual driver and 4- way manual passengers seat

8- way power driver seat and 4- way power passengers seat

Heated front seats

 

 

Cloth upholstery

Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Leather upholstery

 

 

Folding rear center armrest

Roof Rail Cross Bars

Heated rear seats

 

We recommend

Keeping in mind the prices of all versions of the car, if you are looking for an SUV for both short and long drives, you certainly need to go for the SL version. It is not priced as high as the Platinum version and has exciting features such as the Bose Music System.

2020 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance

8.7/10

Nissan made the intelligent choice of ditching those boring 2-liter four-bangers you see in every other SUV these days for a proper 3.5 Liter V6 that makes a healthy 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The only downside is that it works with a conservative CVT transmission fit for an insurance clerk who can't tell the difference between a GT-R and a Maxima.

 

2020 Nissan Murano SUV produces 260 Horsepower

But hey, if you aren't a petrol-head and wouldn't bother yourself about perfectly-timed gear shifts, the new CVT will suit you just fine. Moving on, you would find that the competitors are all equipped with slightly bigger V6 motors making a few more ponies, but the Murano doesn't precisely fall at the back of the pack, and you'll find out why in the next section. 

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

MSRP

$39,680

$38,100

$37,000

$39,990

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline- 4

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline- 4

3.3 Liter V6

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

230 hp @ 5000 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

275 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

252 ft-lbs. @ 5300 rpm

Though it has faced fierce competition from cars such as Kia Sorento, it is still a high performing car. With smooth and proper engine performance, the vehicle is adaptable to conditions of a city, mountains, highway, or any other scenario.

Acceleration

The Nissan Murano can reach 0 mph to 60 mph in just 7.8 seconds. All credit to its 3.5L powertrain. This feature makes the SUV a responsive car with an excellent balance in all aspects. It is standard in the case of emission of carbon dioxide, as most of the vehicles in the segment emit a similar quantity of Carbon Dioxide.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV covers 0-60 in 8.2 sec

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

0-60 MPH

8.2

6.8

NA

7.6

Quarter mile

16.4

15.1

NA

15.8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.8

7.4

7.4

8.1

It excels in most of the aspects of its competitors. Although the time taken to accelerate from 0 to 60mph is less, however, it comes out to be the slowest car of the lot. The primary focus is on the quality of the engine and the less rate of carbon dioxide emitted. It helps Nissan Murano to outclass the biggest competitor i.e., Kia Sorento.

Ride and Handling

The performance figures might suggest that the Murano rides like a European hot hatch whenever you push it, but in reality, it rides like any other tame SUV that gives you enough power when you need it and enough calm and quiet when you don't. The CVT used here is a very efficient one but doesn't guarantee Patrol-like excitement on the freeway.

The heated steering is a little dull, but it tries its best to give you the necessary feedback via the electrical systems onboard as long as you don't expect a corner-hugging sports-car out of it, the very comfortable and smooth ride. This new Nissan provides more apparent than you might think.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV ’s coffin, is the heavyweight steering wheel.

 

Braking

A significant upside that contributes to the performance and safety of the Nissan Murano is the braking system that does its job reasonably well. It can get to a full stop from 60MPH in just 120 ft, which puts it almost on par with other rivals. Furthermore, the 60-0MPH figure is also better than Chevy's performance in this arena.

The brakes in the front are 12.6 inches, and the ones in the rear are 12.1 inches in diameter. Here's how the Murano performs against the competition in terms of braking.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV has 12.6 in. of Front Brake

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.4

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

12.4

12.4

12.1

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

129

126

116

Moving onto the braking performance section, the Murano misses out the top spot but still manages to come seconds in the list. The Kia Sorento showcases the best braking timings out of all the other three of its competitors with a 60-0 distance of just 116 feet.

2020 Nissan Murano Fuel Economy

6.0/10

Murano faces tough competition from other competitors, due to its high power engine and less price. Although the price and the engine of Santa Fe make it look like a better car, it is not as refined as the Nissan. The fuel efficiency is a true comparing factor and it leads the way in that. It has many advantages over the Ford and Kia.

In the city, the Nissan Murano is expected to deliver around 20 MPG and on highways, expect an average of 28 MPG.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

MPG (city)

20

22

21

19

MPG (highway)

28

29

28

26

MPG (combined)

23

25

24

22

Being lighter and efficient clearly has its perks in the fuel economy department and that's exactly why the new Murano can give a combined 23 miles to the gallon making it a good fuel efficient car its segment. The closest car to the Nissan in terms of fuel economy is the Chevy Blazer that gives a combined figure of 24MPG. while the Ford Edge provides even better 25mpg combined. 

2020 Nissan Murano Interior

7.5/10

 Once you get inside this Nissan, you are greeted by a very smooth and flowing dash fitted with an 8-inch infotainment screen due to which it doesn't house an awful number of buttons like the older models. The materials used are surprisingly top-notch and could also be on par with something like a Lexus RX350. The highly ergonomic design of the dash also ensures that everything is well within the reach of the driver.

 

 2020 Nissan Murano SUV Front Seats

The Murano can drive around 5 people at a time insatiable comfort and the broad seats do the job of providing maximum back and thigh support to the passengers. To further boost the amount of convenience in the interior, there is also a Driver's Memory System in which you can save the seating position, height and temperature most suitable to you.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/59.5/40.5

40.2/60.3/42.6

39.8/59.1/41.0

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/58.9/38.7

40.3/60.5/40.6

38.6/58.6/39.6

39.3/58.0/39.4

Nissan is a 5-seater SUV. Its volume is a little less, and it may not be effortless for people to comfort themselves in long journeys. Despite that, it is quite comfortable and spacious. The driver seat provides a reasonable room for people to drive with pleasure and comfort. The only car in the comparison to which the Murano falls short of in terms of space is the Ford Edge.

Infotainment

The upgraded Nissan Connect Infotainment system does wonders in controlling the car's audio/video and mobile connectivity features. It comes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay as standard and an 8-inch color display to keep up with whatever's happening in your car. The Nissan Navigation system can also be operated via this screen, which can also be configured in the "Advanced Drive-Assist Display" mode as well.

What's more is that you have the usual Bluetooth connectivity, two USB ports, and a premium Bose sound system to play your favorite track in high-quality sound. You could say that the new Murano is packed with all the necessary features for a car of this era and that it also boosts the usability of those powerful features to new levels.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV Infotainment Screen

The technology used in the Murano is one of the most well known in the SUV segment. It has tremendous additional upgrades along with great features. The tech-functions inside the car continues to upgrade year by year.

The Nissan Murano infotainment system has a lot of additions such as:

Infotainment features

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB and USB Type-C ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 11-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Speed-sensitive volume control

Cargo

The Nissan Murano is a spacious car altogether, but when it comes to the competitive face, other cars are a little better. It offers a cargo space of 31 cubic feet behind the second row and 67 cubic feet with all seats folded.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Cargo Volume (ft3)

32.1

39.2

30.5

11.3

It is defeated by the Ford Edge and by relatively small margins in terms of Cargo. It is around 6 cubic feet less than Ford Edge. But manages to overcome all other rivals.

Interior Features

  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • adaptive cruise control
  • Climate control
  • front and rear cupholders
  • electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheels
  • 8-way power adjustable front seats
  • interior air filtration
  • Interior Accent Lighting
  • Heated front and rear seats
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2020 Nissan Murano Exterior

8.0/10

Nissan's famed Zone Body construction keeps the drivers safe during an unavoidable collision via designated crumple zones and reinforced chassis portions. This system has the added benefit of being extremely lightweight in comparison to its rivals, and we can all appreciate it as soon as we take a look at how little the Murano weighs.
 

2020 Nissan Murano SUV 3 Quarter View

Tipping the scales at just 3769 lbs, this Jap boy is the most lightweight car here, and that weight is sculpted in fluidic and futuristic lines that give rise to a very handsome machine that is the Murano. It may not be as retro cool-ish as a Dodge Durango, but it is a stylish little SUV you wouldn't mind staring at for a while in the parking lot.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Length (in)

192.8

188.8

191.4

189.0

Width (in)

75.4

75.9

76.7

74.4

Height (in)

67.8

68.3

67.0

66.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

8.0

7.4

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.2

112.2

112.7

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

64./64.6

64.8/64.7

66.4/66.2

64.1/64.5

Curb weight (lbs)

3923

3959

3920

3968

Exterior Features

  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Dusk sensing LED headlamps
  • Front, side, and rear view camera
  • Heated mirrors
  • hands-free entry
  • Panoramic sunroof
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2020 Nissan Murano Safety

9.0/10

Nissan Murano has scored five-star ratings in major crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). However, it received a 4-star rating in crash tests like frontal barrier crash rating overall, including Driver and Passenger. The SUV has also performed well in the IIHS safety ratings.

Safety Features

  • 10 standard airbags
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Pre and post-collision safety system
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Emergency braking preparation
  • Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Universal remote transmitter

2020 Nissan Murano Competition

 2020 Nissan Murano vs Ford Edge

The Nissan Murano has a considerable advantage over Ford Edge. With a better and more powerful engine, a more efficient braking system, and an attractive interior, it outclasses the Edge. Even though it lacks the supple ride comfort of the Murano but pays for that with its sporty handling. Although, Ford has a much better ground clearance and excels in cabin volume.

 

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Nissan Murano vs Chevrolet Blazer

Even though the Chevrolet Blazer does not feature any distinctive looks like the Murano, it still manages to look very young like a modern-day crossover. It is designed while focusing on fierce driving sessions, while the Blazer offers energetic handling for which it does have to sacrifice some of its ride quality. Interiors in the Blazer feel friendly and have a modern-day layout. However, the Murano still manages to perform slightly better than the Blazer in terms of cabin and cargo space.
 

 

 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano vs Kia Sorento

After Kia Sorento received a redesign, the carmaker offered some new engine options. Sorento's 185-hp four-cylinder engine is underwhelming but its optional 290-hp V6 engine competed with the Morano. Kia Sorento also wins the game with ample cabin space and significant cargo room. Kia is also cheaper than the Nissan Murano, offering more power, better fuel economy, extra space, and a more flexible cabin.

 

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Murano Final Verdict

8.4/10

The 2020 Murano is the SUV of SUVs that keeps all the members of the family happy and still doesn't sacrifice on performance. It's good-looking, practical, and extremely reliable, making it an essential car to check out before buying a new SUV. Plus, it has the added benefit of being cost-effective in the long run and has a higher resale value than most of its rivals.


To answer the questions put forth at the beginning of this review. The Murano is still a joy to drive every day. The axiomatic interior and exterior of the car give it a stunning look. Although it enjoys a high price, it seems reasonable with all the features it possesses. The Nissan Murano's appeal always carries away the traditional shape, revealing futuristic outlook. There are a lot many things about the latest version of Murano that regular SUV buyers will embrace.