2021 Nissan Murano

MSRP $31,530 - $45,330

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2021 Nissan Murano Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 20, 2020

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Harshit Gupta 

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The cars we drive say a lot about us”, were the wise words of Alexandra Paul. So if you drive a mid-sized SUV today, you might be considered a person who preaches practicality over performance. However, with the advent of the SUV age, automakers have invented cars that are a good mix of both worlds. One such car has always been the Nissan’s Murano which was its first crossover to step on to the US soil. Launched in 2002 it was touted as an intelligent mid-sized SUV which came with arresting exteriors, cozy elegant interiors, and advanced tech features. Now, as the rumors suggest, the 2021 Nissan Murano will soon be launched around late 2020 or early 2021 with minor changes, especially on the outside.

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A practical family car

Decent cabin

Good Performance

Attractive looks


Confined Cargo Space

Less luxurious as compared to rivals

Body rolls experienced on corners

What's New?

Updated tech features

Better and more modern looks

Addition of sporty inserts on the outside

Updated infotainment interface


vehicle bio

base price



dr SUV

passenger capacity



front wheel drive

engine type


213 cu.in.


260 hp @ 6000 rpm


240 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm


1-speed cvt


brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.1 in.



111.2 in.


192.8 in.


75.4 in.


67.8 in.

curb weight

3823 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.


passenger volume

18.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

67 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1287 lbs.

fuel economy


2/23/28 mpg

highway range

532. mi.


basic warranty

3 yr./ 36 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 6 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos



S$31,530 onwards

SV$35,160 onwards

SL$39,680 onwards

Platinum$43,730 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Murano in Gun Metallic color
Gun Metallic

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The second-generation model was presented in 2009 and the Murano is in its third generation which was launched in 2015. However, it basically carries the best of its predecessor with minor tweaks here and there. It has not been redesigned since then and is one of the automaker’s oldest cars on sale. It is currently offered in three trims namely S, SV, SL, and Platinum which comes with only one engine option. The current engine is a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 engine which generates 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. Being an SUV targeted towards the urban buyer the Murano offers a front-wheel-drive as well as an all-wheel-drive setup. All four trims come with the CVT gearbox and there is no other gearbox also on offer.

The 2021 model is expected to introduce only minor changes and updates. However, it will remain a mid-size SUV in a five-seater format and will provide the same luxurious interior and the powerful V6 motor as standard. It shall go against rivals such as the Honda passport, Ford Edge, and the Hyundai Santa Fe. Hence, with many spy shots already out, its time now to see what you can expect from the 2021 Nissan Murano.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Front View
2021 Nissan Murano SUV Rear View




2021 Nissan Murano Features


Just like the 2020 Nissan Murano, the 2021 model will be offered in 4 trims namely, S, SV, SL, and Platinum. You will also get an option to choose from the FWD or AWD setup. Being a carryover model the 2021 Murano will just build on the 2020 model. The current base S model includes 18-inch alloys, fabric upholstery, two front and two rear USB charging ports, 8.0-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. This makes the Murano quite feature-loaded even in its base trim. The SV includes features such as heated mirrors, power front seats, adaptive cruise control, and rear parking assist. All top trims offer sport roof and of 18-inch wheels as standard while the 20-inch alloys are optional. Overall, all trims offer good value for money with the SV trim being the best.






MSRP (FWD)(expected prices)





Key Features  

In addition to or replaces, S features with

In addition to or replaces, SV features with

In addition to or replaces, SL features with


3.5L V6

High beam assist

LED Fog Lights

20" aluminum-alloy wheels


Black grille with chrome surround

Heated outside mirrors

Motion-activated liftgate

Dual Panel Panoramic moonroof


Rear lip spoiler

Rear Sonar system

Heated front seats

Climate-controlled front seats


Power door mirrors and power windows

Intelligent Cruise Control

Heated steering wheel

Diamond quilt inserts on seats



10-way power-adjustable driver's seat

Nissan door to door navigation with Premium Traffic

Memory steering wheel


18-inch wheels

2-way power lumbar support

SiriusXM and Bose audio system

Dual-zone climatic control


LED Lights

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Homelink Universal Transceiver

Keyless entry, ignition

*2020 data used for reference

Expected Price and Release Date of the 2021 Nissan Murano

We expect the 2021 Nissan Murano to arrive in late 2020 since the production is said to begin in August 2020, with an anticipated MSRP of $32,000 for the base FWD model. However, it can go up to $46,000 for the Platinum trim. Also, due to the current pandemic situation, there might be some delays in its launch.

If the production of the SUV begins in August 2020, you can expect the SUV to arrive in showrooms before the end of the year. However, there has been no official announcement by Nissan for the same.

2021 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance

The 2021 Nissan Murano is a carryover model will feature the same 3.5 Litre V6 engine and a Continuously Variable transmission, like the 2020 model. If we let figures do the talking then the power is expected to stand at 260hp and the torque at 240 lb-ft. It is quite a powerful engine for the car of its size and you can have a lot of fun behind the wheel thanks to the grunt on offer. Within the city, the Murano offers slick shifts and the engine feels relaxed at all times. On the highway, the healthy torque ensures that the overtakes come easy and happen quickly. Hence, it offers a fuss-free experience and is capable of taking up anything you throw at it.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Engine Bay

The front-wheel-drive is offered as standard while you can purchase an optional all-wheel-drive system at extra cost. Some rumors suggest that mileage could get better thanks to better aerodynamics of the 2021 model. However, regardless of the model you choose or how much you pay, every Murano gets a 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 horsepower and a CVT. Even though there is no option to upgrade it is a tried and tested motor and offers quick performance. Although, its CVT does suffer from the rubberband effect which is common in most CVTs. Another drawback is its lack of refinement as the engine noise is audible past 2000 rpm inside the cabin. Overall, the engine of the Murano is certainly an enjoyable powerhouse but requires some refinement tweaks. 


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL







3.5L V6

3.5L V6

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4







Continuously Variable Transmission

9-speed automatic

8-Speed automatic

8-Speed shiftable automatic


260hp@6000 rpm

280hp@6000 rpm

245hp@5500 rpm

235hp@6000 rpm


240lb-ft@4400 rpm

262lb-ft@4700 rpm

275lb-ft@3000 rpm

260lb-ft@1450 rpm

How quick is the 2021 Nissan Murano?

When it comes to acceleration, the Murano is certainly not the SUV that will keep you happy. It covers 0-60MPH in 8.2 seconds and that’s the slowest when compared to the rivals. The 2021 Nissan Murano is expected to receive no upgrade in its engine, which means that there will be no change in the way the car accelerates. Hence, it shall push out the same 0-60 mph timing which even though slowest, is just about fine when viewed in isolation. However considering the practicality and durability the car offers, many will be happy to trade off a few seconds on the timings chart.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 8.2 sec


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

0-60 MPH (seconds)





Quarter-Mile (seconds)





Top-Speed (MPH)






3.5L V-6

3.5L V6

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4

2.0 L Turbo Inline-4

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @15k mi/yr)





In terms of outright acceleration, the Honda Passport and the Ford edge have the best-in-class engine and acceleration. They clearly manage to outperform the Nissan Murano with a difference of about 1-2 seconds. Honda’s lightweight helps it move past its rivals while the Ford edge benefits from a turbocharged engine.  The Ford and the Hyundai are the only SUVs to provide a turbocharged motor in their segment which the Murano also needs if it has to beat their 0-60 mph timings.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Murano brake?

We do not expect the 2021 Nissan Murano to offer a different braking set up than the current Murano as it is sure to be a carryover model. But that is no bad news as the current model has got some efficient 4-wheel Anti-lock brake system and a G sensor for AWD models. A proper Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and brake assist are enough reasons for the car to pass the braking test with flying colors which the Murano also does. The brakes offer good feedback as Nissan has done a good job of tuning the brakes to handle the weight of the car. 

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Brake


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)





Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)





Curb Weight (lbs)





60-0 (feet)





The Nissan Murano performs admirably when it comes to the braking test thanks to the bigger brake rotors to stop its heavyweight. On the other hand, the Ford Edge provides the biggest brake rotors but still does not manage to beat the Murano due to its extra weight. The Hyundai Santa Fe also offers promising braking performance and is the third heaviest car of the lot while the Honda Passport is the second heaviest of the lot.

How well does the 2021 Nissan Murano handle?

The Nissan Murano has always been known to provide a comfortable ride and great high-speed stability. Talking of ride, the car offers a smooth and trouble-free ride especially on long straight roads as the suspension is tuned well for any kind of rough patches. However, you may experience somebody roll in the corners during sharp turns due to its tall stance. Over on very sharp bumps, the suspension can be a little noisy too. None of that is a deal-breaker as the Murano manages to iron out most bumps and potholes and offers a well-cushioned ride for an average user. The suspension is set up on the softer side and hence is geared towards comfort rather than performance.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Handling

However, its steering feels numb at times and it does not give you ample feedback making it hard for you to judge the surface. It remains a bit heavy even at slow city speeds which needs some time getting used to. Overall, there is satisfaction and comfort but a little lack of sportiness. Whatever resemblance of sportiness that lives in the powertrain is canceled out by a soft and supple suspension, but for long commuters and frequent highway drivers, that’s a good thing. The Murano’s sound deadening, and suspension damping are all top-notch which makes it an all-around comfortable family car.

2021 Nissan Murano Fuel Economy

If frugality is your top concern then the Murano is neither going to disappoint you nor give you exceptional results. In terms of fuel efficiency, it is at par with most compact SUVs you can buy in the market today. However, as the 2021 model year is expected to get some aerodynamic upgrades you can expect the fuel-efficiency to get a bit better. The 2020 Nissan Murano MPG ratings show 28 on the highway and 20 in the city which is under acceptable limits. All trims are equipped with the same engine and transmission, hence there should not be any difference in the fuel economy depending on the trim. 


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)










Fuel Economy is fairly good if we draw a comparison with the rivals. Almost all of the competitors in the segment are offering similar figures. The range and the fuel economy are among the best in its segment hence making the Murano, a good highway cruiser. It offers the biggest fuel tank in its class while it is the Ford Edge that takes away the game of frugality by offering the best mileage in this comparison while the Honda passport just disappoints.

2021 Nissan Murano Interior

The cabin of the Nissan Murano has been unchanged since the 2015 model received major updates. Over the course of time, the center fiasco was redesigned to add a touchscreen to the dashboard along with buttons for the HVAC system. The instrument cluster now gets a 7-inch screen, while the car offers Nissan’s Zero Gravity seats with leather upholstery, optional 11-speaker Bose audio system, heated and ventilated front seats and heated rear seats. The fit and finish on the inside feels top-notch and the Murano offers an ergonomically laid-out cabin. In fact, the cabin of the 2020 Nissan Murano also looks aesthetically satisfying. It offers adequate space and composure for a medium-sized family.

2021 Nissan Murano Front Seats

Talking about seating, it provides a staggering amount of comfort level with its supremely supportive seats. The interior accent lighting is sure to lighten up your mood and the panoramic sunroof makes the cabin feel even airier. The base trim offers fabric seats with wooden touches on the dashboard. As you move up to the Platinum trim you can have diamond quilt inserts and leather upholstery.  Moreover, there is dual-zone climatic control with in-cabin with microfilters. The headroom, shoulder room and legroom are more than adequate, thanks to the length of the wheelbase. Overall, the cabin is a nice and quiet place to be in especially when the car is idling.


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)





The Honda Passport offers the roomiest rear-seat space and even a very airy and commodious first row when compared to its competitors. The only car that comes close to it is the Ford Edge while the Murano offers the least legroom for the rear passengers in this comparison. The bigger size and clever usage of space enable the Honda to offer more generous room and a more comfortable cabin. The Hyundai Santa Fe also offers a smaller cabin, compared to its rivals which is evident from the spec sheet.

What about the infotainment system of the 2021 Nissan Murano?

Uncomplicated and eye-catching features are a blessing! The Murano makes sure you don't scratch your head to understand how these features work and simply get what you need whether its information or entertainment. You can always have additions and customizations if you are ready to spend. We suggest you get that Bose audio system if you are an audiophile. An 8-inch screen along with the following standard features shout for attention in the Murano:

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
  • Nissan Voice recognition for Navigation
  • SiriusXM with 3 months trial
  • USB and USB-C ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Speed-sensitive volume

In addition to being simple and easy to use, the screen is also bright, sharp, and crisp. Yes, there are systems that work way quicker than the Murano, however, at this price point, there not a lot left to desire. Moving further in the future, we might see this Nissan catching up with the competitors.

How much cargo can the 2021 Nissan Murano carry?

Talking about the cargo capacity, well that's a downer! It's only 32.1 cubic feet but you can always fold the rear seats for the extra bags your grandma packed. It increases to 70 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded. The rivals in the segment are more open-handed in this case, Honda Passport offers the most of it- 41.2 inches! However, Murano’s boot space is practically laid out with a lower loading sill than most of its rivals which make loading and unloading the luggage an easy affair.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Cargo Space


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)





Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)





The Honda Passport provides the best standard cargo capacity in comparison to its competitor. Hence, if you want your car to carry all your luggage for that long-distance journey, then the Passport is the SUV for you. However, even though the Murano provides the least standard cargo capacity it provides an acceptable amount of maximum cargo capacity. On the other hand, the Hyundai Santa Fe is a bit disappointing when it comes to cargo space and offers almost the same cargo capacity as the Murano with the second row of seats down.

What are the other storage spaces inside?

No more disorganized little essentials as there is enough space for their proper placements. The glove box is generously big and so is the storage space in the center armrest. Apart from that, there are door pockets and two cupholders, one at the front and the other at the back. For a mid-sized SUV that is enough offering.

2021 Nissan Murano Exterior


The Nissan Murano got an exterior update last year itself and hence the 2021 model shall come with only minor tweaks on the outside. The Murano sure looks like a stylish SUV with its T sweeping lines and lots of chrome elements. Its 2020 update got it a new set of headlights and taillights, a revised front face, and a redesigned rear profile. It now offers sleek looks and clever details like the angled LED lights and floating roof design. It is full of curves from the side and its angular front end lends it an aggressive look. Apart from the top-tier trim, all others have 18-inch wheels. The Platinum trim gets 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels which look even more premium.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV Side View

Overall the Nissan Murano can turn heads like very few cars in its segment and the 2021 model will introduce minor upgrades. Nissan has been following the philosophy of why fix it if it ain’t broke with its exterior and the same shall be applied with the 2021 model.


2021 Nissan Murano (Expected)

2020 Honda passport

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

Curb Weight (lb)





Length (inches)





Width (inches)





Height (inches)





Ground Clearance (inches)





Wheelbase (inches)





The body dimensions of the Murano are satisfactorily balanced but the ground clearance is low. That makes it easy to get out of the car but can raise some visibility issues. If you want the best road presence we suggest you go for the Honda Passport.

Exteriors features:

  • Few exterior features include-
  • Panoramic power Moonroof
  • Single Chrome Exhaust outlet
  • Wiper de-icer and Heated side mirrors
  • Fog lights and LED Fog light

2021 Nissan Murano Safety


You should always ask the dealer, how safe is your car? As far as the 2021 Murano is concerned we aren’t worried because the 2020 model has already got thumbs up from IIHS and a five-star rating from the NHTSA. The SV trim gets rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring. Moving up to the SL grade gets you adaptive cruise control as a standard feature. We expect all of these safety features to carry over for the 2021 Murano. These are the standard features and the advanced safety features you can get like the Intelligent around view monitors by simply spending more.

Proudly calling it the ‘Nissan Safety Shield 360’, the Murano offers the following safety features: 

  • Automatic Emergency braking
  • Rear automatic braking
  • Blind Spot warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Forward Collision warning
  • Lane assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

2021 Nissan Murano Competition

2021 Nissan Murano Vs 2020 Honda Passport

There is more performance under the hood as far as Honda Passport is concerned. The Murano’s CVT however gives convincing results. Next, the Passport is the most generous amongst its rivals as far as the cargo space and cabin space is concerned.

2021 Honda Passport

The Password also offers more features on the inside and is the widest car in this comparison. The Murano manages to offer better looks as well as ride comfort. However, as the Passport is also more reliable, practical, and quicker, we let it win the battle here.

2021 Nissan Murano Vs 2020 Ford Edge

Ford edge offers bountiful space inside the cabin as well as for the cargo. It is more fuel-efficient but a little less powerful and has a little fewer features as compared to the Nissan Murano. Ride and handling for both the SUVs is similar.

2021 Ford Edge

However, Ford offers more dealerships and a wider service network than Nissan. It also offers a better cabin in terms of quality and fit and finish. Hence depending on what matters to you the most, we suggest you make your choice.

2021 Nissan Murano Vs 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s engine is a little inactive if only in comparison. Cargo space is just tad different and basically mediocre for both, but the Santa Fe offers better quality interiors with a much better infotainment system.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe SEL

However, the Murano offers better ride quality as well as space on the inside which matters more to a family buyer. Hence it may be a little pricier but it does better under the hood here and also is loaded with excellent features. So it’s a thumbs up for Murano.

2021 Nissan Murano Final Verdict

People who like to make judicious investments will love the 2021 Nissan Murano since it promises you the comfort and confidence of a balanced crossover. The price, for which it is expected, is just apt for an everyday family SUV and makes it a wise choice overall. However, the Nissan Murano leaves something to be desired in terms of space on the inside and the cargo area. If you are ready to make a trade-off on those fronts for the price it comes at, we certainly suggest you book a test drive today!