But the changes don't go much further.
Among a revamped model lineup that includes options like the Altima, Rogue, Sentra, and Versa, the 2021 Nissan Murano is not one of the company's freshest products. The third-generation Murano has been around since 2014, and even that wasn't considered a huge leap from the second-generation model released in 2009. Nissan just announced pricing for the 2021 model, however, and although it's mostly the same, there are a few noteworthy changes, including a new special edition.
Nissan Safety Shield 360 now comes standard on all four trim levels, whereas this suite was only available in certain grades for 2020. The Murano also gets standard rear automatic braking as part of the Safety Shield 360 bundle, a class-exclusive feature. Along with this new addition, pricing has increased across the board.
The base Murano S front-wheel-drive model starts at $32,510, a $980 increase over last year's model while stepping up to the Murano SV costs $35,640. This trim level also gains a new Special Edition Package, which replaces the SV Premium Package. Unfortunately, the Special Edition Package lacks the uniqueness of the Maxima's 40th Anniversary Edition Package. Like last year's SV Premium Package, this new package adds a dual-panel moonroof, surround-view monitor, Prima-Tex heated seats, and 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels. Above the SV trim sits the SL grade at $40,010 and the top Platinum grade at $44,060.
Under the hood, all Murano trims still employ a 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 260 horsepower going out through an Xtronic continuously variable transmission. AWD is available to all models but adds $1,550 to the invoice.
Aside from expanding its safety suite availability, Nissan hasn't changed much else on the Murano. There are three new colors for 2021, including Magnetic Black Pearl, Boulder Gray Pearl, and Scarlet Ember Tintcoat. The Murano competes in a growing segment of midsize crossovers that includes more updated options like the Chevrolet Blazer, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento. However, it is one of the only options to offer a standard V6 engine.