2021 Nissan Murano

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2021 Nissan Murano Review: Devoted To The Fans

by Aiden Eksteen

Despite its modern, sleek design, comprehensive selection of premium comforts and conveniences, and superb safety standards, the 2021 Nissan Murano still can't disguise its age. It's been six years since the Murano received its last redesign but, while it has received updates here and there, it's the engine it comes with that really undoes it. It's a 260-horsepower V6 unit that is perfect for pleasant and easy city performance, but as soon as you try to get to highway speeds or overtake any other cars, things quickly take a turn for the worst. It's also to no extent fun to drive with its heavy steering and stiff handling. There are many devotees to the Murano nonetheless - ones who appreciate its old-school charm. With esteemed 5-door competitors such as the Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, and Chevrolet Blazer, the Murano has a lot it needs to prove.

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2021 Nissan Murano Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Murano?

While the driving experience is outdated, we have to applaud Nissan for continually updating the Murano, to at least attempting to keep up with the competitiont from a style, safety, and luxury perspective. For 2021, Nissan is adding its Safety Shield 360 with automatic rear braking as standard across the entire range. The SV Premium Package has been replaced with a new Special Edition Package, and three new colors have been added to the existing palette.

Pros and Cons

  • Impressively fuel-efficient for a V6 car
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Standard features are plentiful throughout
  • Cabin has an expanse of passenger room
  • Near-perfect official safety rating
  • Dull and unengaging driving experience
  • Engine is ill-fated by the CVT
  • Unimpressive towing capacity
  • Unsatisfactory reliability expectations

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2021 Nissan Murano Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.5L V6 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.5L V6 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 Murano Exterior

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  • Length 192.4 in
  • Wheelbase 111.2 in
  • Height 67.8 in
  • Max Width 75.4 in
  • Front Width 64.6 in
  • Rear Width 64.6 in
  • Curb Weight 3,823.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Magnetic Black Pearl
  • Gun Metallic
  • Deep Blue Pearl
  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Pearl White Tricoat
  • Scarlet Ember Tintcoat
  • Sunset Drift Chromaflair
  • Mocha Almond Pearl
  • Boulder Gray Pearl

2021 Murano Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engine
    3.5L V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

2021 Murano Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 40.5 in
  • Front Head Room 39.9 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.8 in

2021 Murano Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Murano Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Nissan Murano A Good SUV?

When it first came to the US market, the Murano crossover was an exceptional vehicle that was fun, comfortable, and practical. That was all the way back in 2008, however, and, unfortunately, Nissan hasn't done much since to improve the Murano's standing in the increasingly popular segment. Newer crossovers come with more polished powertrains and underpinnings and are hence sportier or more entertaining to drive, and more comfortable on the road. Most, if not all, new crossovers also come with extensive selections of comforts and conveniences, as well as comprehensive driver-assist suites and safety features, so it's difficult to find anything about the Murano that stands out. In 2015, the Nissan Murano entered its third-generational guise so it's past time for a complete overhaul. On the bright side, the 2021 Nissan Murano has undergone review by both the NHTSA and the IIHS for its crashworthiness and it scored superbly. All in all, the Murano is a decent family cruiser, but you can get a whole lot more value elsewhere.

What Nissan Murano Model Should I Buy?

If you're set on purchasing a Murano SUV, we'd suggest going straight for the top-tier Platinum model, since you're probably buying it only because you're a devotee. After all, there are better-value cars out there at similar prices to the 2021 Nissan Murano crossover - the all-new Nissan Rogue for one. Nevertheless, with its power-adjustable steering column, climate-controlled front seats, semi-aniline quilted leather seating upholstery, and dual-pane moonroof, the Platinum does deliver a good level of opulence. Whether you go for the FWD setup or AWD setup will come down to if you live in a state that may require the safety afforded by the extra traction in the AWD setup.

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