Look good, feel good

It's hard to talk about the Nissan Murano without addressing its serious style. The 2017 Nissan Murano is, simply put, a good-looking crossover that will have you beaming with pride no matter where your travels take you. Thankfully, though, the Murano is more than mere eye-candy, it's also a confident and capable crossover SUV that returns excellent fuel economy and is brimming with the latest tech features. 

Performance

Supplying motivation to the 2017 Nissan Murano is a 3.5-liter engine that serves up 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable intelligent XTRONIC transmission means virtually instant acceleration and gearless shifting—all while sending power to the front wheels. However, all-wheel drive is available should you desire that extra level of assuredness on slippery roads.

While the Murano's engine and transmission combo deserve a lot of praise, there are a number of areas that Nissan has addressed to ensure the Murano always delivers a stellar driving experience. Indeed, the 2017 Murano boasts intelligent aerodynamics, weight reduction, and a drag coefficient comparable to some sports cars, giving it some impressive moves. 

Of course, a modern crossover SUV’s worth is judged as much on its efficiency as it is its style. Thankfully, the 2017 Murano returns an impressive 28 mpg highway/21 mpg city regardless if you choose front- or all-wheel drive.*

Features

The 2017 Nissan Murano starts at $29,740, and is available in four trims: S, SV, SL, and Platinum.**

Despite such an agreeable starting price, S models come well-stocked with a wide array of features. Standard niceties include 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth® audio streaming. Apple CarPlay™ will also be available later in the model year. 

Also standard, and sure to appeal to tech enthusiasts, is Nissan Intelligent Key® with push button ignition, and vivid seven-inch Color Advanced Drive-Assist® Display. The former allows for a simple knock the trunk or door handle to unlock them, while the latter displays vital driving information, such as available turn-by-turn navigation, caller ID, or other safety features.

Stepping up to the SV includes all previously mentioned content (where applicable) and adds a number of extra features, such as an eight-way power driver’s seat, remote engine start system, front and rear passenger, and NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, which includes a touch-screen color display, voice recognition, maps with voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, SiriusXM® services, and built-in smartphone apps.

For an added dose of refinement, SL models upgrade to leather-appointed heated front seats, also added to the mix is a dynamic 360-degree Around View® monitor, and Bose® premium audio system. SL models also provide adjustable ambient interior lighting to ensure the mood is always right inside the 2017 Murano.

And finally, the crème-de-la-crème Murano Platinum builds upon all previous trim levels and gets 20-inch machine-finished aluminum alloy wheels, LED beam headlights, climate-controlled front seats, and heated steering wheel and rear seats.

Design

The 2017 Nissan Murano is an attractive proposition for drivers looking to make a bold statement without seeming pretentious. In truth, “loud” designs have become somewhat de rigueur in the crossover SUV space, but the Murano's stunning, windswept design actually helps improve performance. That's because the 2017 Murano is also fuel-efficient and sports a rather remarkable drag coefficient that's right up there with some of the most advanced sports cars.

Inside, the Murano’s “zero gravity” seating in all four outboard seating positions suggests a vehicle designed for empty-nesters or at the very least smaller families. An available panoramic sunroof heightens the interior while a V-shaped center stack mirrors the exterior’s grille.

In addition to excellent trim and material quality, drivers and passengers will find plenty of space aboard the Murano. There’s even plenty of room for groceries, golf clubs, or whatever you need to transport in the rear cargo hold, with 39.6 cubic feet of trunk space with the second row of seats in place, or a voluminous 70 cubic feet with the rear seatback folded down.

Safety

The 2017 Murano sports a suite of standard safety features designed to inspire confidence behind the wheel. Standard safety features include vehicle dynamic control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a litany of driver and passenger airbags. A rearview camera is also standard across the model lineup.

Furthermore, the Murano’s safety systems arsenal can be further outfitted with a number of available technologies, which include Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Around View® Monitor, and Intelligent Cruise Control.

Verdict 

The 2017 Nissan Murano is a stylish crossover SUV that is flashy, fun, and fuel-efficient. It offers an unprecedented level of comfort and refinement and pushes the envelope in regards to what a crossover SUV can and should do.

Contact us online or visit Mike Smith Nissan at 1515 I-10 SOUTH, BEAUMONT, TX 77704 to schedule your test drive.

*2017 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison purposes only.

**All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license and options. Dealer sets actual price.

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