I’ll be the first to admit that I always thought the Nissan Murano was one of the less appealing crossovers on the market, but for some reason buyers loved it, so Nissan just kept cranking it out. It even created an ill-conceived convertible version that made the VW Thing look good. Fortunately, after 11 model years with nearly the same look, even Nissan grew tired of the Murano and released an all-new model for 2015 that looks nothing like the old one and actually looks like it belongs in Nissan’s lineup.
The new 2015 Murano will be as comfortable and well-equipped as the outgoing model, thanks to its LED boomerang lights, Zero Gravity seats, panoramic roof, and available 11-speaker audio system and Around View Monitor. Additionally, it drops 145 pounds from the 2014 model, and features a shutter grille, underbody covers and a an improved transmission, so fuel economy is 20-percent better than last year’s model in the city and on the highway.
Despite all of it other changes, the 2015 Murano carries on with the same 3.5-liter V-6 under its hood that produces 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
Everything was looking up for the new Murano, but we were still awaiting final pricing details to find out whether Nissan had to drastically increase the model’s pricing to compensate for the changes. Fortunately, this is not the case, as the base Murano will start at just $29,560, which is a $1,030 increase over the 2014 model’s base price. The full pricing list is as follows:
- Murano S FWD $29,560
- Murano SV FWD $32,620
- Murano SL FWD $36,950
- Murano Platinum FWD $39,000
- Murano S AWD $31,160
- Murano SV AWD $34,220
- Murano SL AWD $38,550
- Murano Platinum AWD $40,600
The 2015 Murano will be available in dealers starting on December 5, 2014.