2020 Nissan Murano

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$31,530 - $45,330
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2020 Nissan Murano Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 14, 2020
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Krishna Choubey

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The Nissan Murano is a quite popular name in the SUV world and has been in the market since quite a long time now. Right from its launch in 2003, the Murano has stood apart in a league of sturdy offroaders with its distinct and balanced character. Down the line across its successive generations, it has evolved a lot and in a good way though.

Last updated in 2015 for its third generation, the Murano has remained mostly the same in its successive model years. Even the 2020 Nissan Murano adds nothing striking to the table apart from some minor cosmetic treatments.

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Pros

Premium interiors

Spacious cabin

Comfortable seats

Distinctive styling

Cons

Meagre cargo area

Low towing capacity

Compromised outward visibility

Dated interior layout

What's New?

Updated standard safety features on SV and above trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31530

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

240 lbs.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

7 speed auto shift manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.6/12.1

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

192.8 in.

width

75.4 in.

height

67.8 in.

curb weight

3823 lbs.

ground clearance

6.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

67 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

payload capacity

1287 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/28 mpg

ev range

380 mi.

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Nissan Murano Exterior video
 2020 Nissan Murano Review video
 2020 Nissan Murano Safety video

Styles

 2020 Nissan Murano in Brilliant Silver Metallic color  2020 Nissan Murano in Cayenne Red Metallic color  2020 Nissan Murano in Deep Blue Pearl color  2020 Nissan Murano in Gun Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Final Verdict

8.4

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Nissan Murano S

S

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$31,530 - $33,130


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $31,530 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
S 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $33,130 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Murano SV

SV

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$35,160 - $36,760


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SV 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $35,160 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
SV 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $36,760 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Murano SL

SL

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$39,680 - $41,280


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $39,680 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
SL 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $41,280 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

 2020 Nissan Murano Platinum

Platinum

power
260 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$43,730 - $45,330


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Platinum 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $43,730 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic front wheel drive 5
Platinum 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT) Starting at $45,330 MSRP (20/23/28) 260 hp @ 6000 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
continuously variable-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


What the Murano tries very hard to do is to present an alternative image of a modern day SUV. Try familiarizing yourself with this crossover and you will discover a whole bunch of things that separate it from its league. Right from its striking curvy roofline, spacious and comfortable interiors to the powerful yet efficient powertrain, it speaks a tongue which not every SUV does.

Unlike the bunch of sturdy crossovers flashing their ruggedness, the Murano seems more than happy with its composed stature. Needless to say the Nissan Murano is more of a comfortable daily driver rather than a spirited go-anywhere machine. Starting at an MSRP of $31,530, the 2020 Nissan Murano carries forward all of its essentialities along with some minor cosmetic updates.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV Front View
2020 Nissan Murano SUV Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

 

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

9.0/10
Safety

 
 

8.4/10
Final Verdict

 

2020 Nissan Murano Features

8.0/10

The trim line of the 2020 Nissan Murano remains the same as earlier and you still get to choose from four available trims. MSRP starts at $31,530 for the base S and goes all the way up to $43,730 for the loaded Platinum. All trims come standard with front-wheel drive while a premium of $1600 unlocks all-wheel drive on all of the trims.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP

$31,530

$35,160

$39,680

$43,730

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.5 Liter V6

Features

Dusk sensing LED Headlamps

Adds to S -

Adds to SV -

Adds to SL -

 

Pre-collision safety system

Post-collision safety system

Front fog/driving lights

Premium leather upholstery

 

Rear view camera

Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

Front, side, and rear view camera

Cooled front seats

 

6 speakers

Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

11 speaker Bose premium audio system

Dual panel panoramic sunroof

 

Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

Leather steering wheel

Heated steering wheel

Steering-wheel position memory

 

Emergency braking assist

Rear parking sensors

Front and rear parking sensors

 

 

Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Adaptive cruise control

Reverse tilt dual mirrors

 

 

6- way manual driver and 4- way manual passengers seat

8- way power driver seat and 4- way power passengers seat

Heated front seats

 

 

Cloth upholstery

Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Leather upholstery

 

 

Folding rear center armrest

Roof Rail Cross Bars

Heated rear seats

 

We recommend

We recommend getting the 2020 Nissan Murano in the SL trim. The SL comes loaded with a host of features like heated seats and steering wheel, leather steering wheel and Bose premium audio. These features are more than adequate to make your daily driving much easier and convenient.

2020 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance

8.7/10

The sole powertrain available with the 2020 Murano is the 3.5 liter V6 that Nissan has been using for a long time now. Rated at 260 hp and 240 lb-fts feet of torque, the engine has enough grunt to keep the Murano going all day long. The engine has a very strong mid-range but is let down by the CVT transmission which is very traditional in nature. The transmission is very smooth in its operation but is not as smooth as its rivals and takes some time to gain momentum.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV produces 260 Horsepower

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

MSRP

$39,680

$38,100

$37,000

$39,990

Engine

3.5 Liter V6

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline- 4

2.0 Liter Turbo Inline- 4

3.3 Liter V6

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

230 hp @ 5000 rpm

290 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

275 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm

258 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm

252 ft-lbs. @ 5300 rpm

Despite being only behind the Kia Sorento in terms of power, the Murano’s power train misses out on the kick of the Blazer and the Edge. Both its aforementioned rivals get a much efficient and responsive transmission that makes their engines much more lively.

Acceleration

Even though the Murano does carry a V6 underneath its skin, it's CVT transmission and overall mechanics are more tuned for ideal cruising than aggression. However, for the sake of numbers, the Murano sprints from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV covers 0-60 in 8.2 sec

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

0-60 MPH

8.2

6.8

NA

7.6

Quarter mile

16.4

15.1

NA

15.8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

7.8

7.4

7.4

8.1

The Murano’s acceleration figures are not surprising for a vehicle of its size and bulk. Among the competition though, it's the Ford Edge, that promises the fastest laps. Credit to its seamless 8-speed auto transmission and a much refined 2.0 liter inline-4 engine.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Nissan Murano drives as good as it looks. Take it out for a spin and it greets you with a very smooth and composed ride. The suspension is softly tuned to accentuate ride comfort and so are the soft and comfortable seats.

However, its state of composure stays only true while hushing it across straight lines. Push it around a gentle corner and you could almost feel every bit of its nearly 4000 lbs. The case is pretty much the same even with the available all-wheel drive.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV ’s coffin, is the heavyweight steering wheel.

What further puts a nail in the Murano’s coffin, is the heavyweight steering wheel. The outdated steering is precise in its business, but is poor in communication skills. The hesitant steering not only steals away the driving gist but also decreases its agility.

Braking

Nissan has been doing very well with the braking system of its products and the Murano is just an example of that. With ABS and ventilated discs guarding all four of its corners, the Murano seems very eager in making shorter halts. The brake pedal feels firm and confident and brings this heavy crossover from 60-0 in just 120 feet.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV has 12.6 in. of Front Brake

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Brake Front (in.)

12.6

12.4

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.1

12.4

12.4

12.1

60-0 MPH (ft.)

120

129

126

116

Again, in the braking performance section as well, the Murano misses out the top spot, but stands seconds in the list though. It's the Kia Sorento that outshines all the other three of its competitors with a 60-0 distance of just 116 feet. The Sorento’s shorter wheelbase and better power-to weight ratio translates into a better stopping prowess.

2020 Nissan Murano Fuel Economy

6.0/10

One area where the Nissan Murano has significantly improved over the past few years is its fuel economy. Thanks to its increased overall modesty though. Not the best in class, but the Murano’s MPG figures of 20, 28 and 23 in city, highway and combined respectively is on-par with class average.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

MPG (city)

20

22

21

19

MPG (highway)

28

29

28

26

MPG (combined)

23

25

24

22

All the four crossovers in the competition here offer almost similar fuel economy, but the Ford Edge with a refined and efficient powertrain turns out to be the most thrifty among the lot with its 25 mpg combined.

2020 Nissan Murano Interior

7.5/10

On the inside of the 2020 Murano, business remains pretty similar as earlier. The interior might look dated when compared to its modern rivals, but has a clean layout and premium appointments. The top trims are sprinkled with wooden, metallic and piano black inserts on the inside, that looks very premium and upscale.

 2020 Nissan Murano SUV Front Seats

The biggest highlight in the interior of the Murano is its airiness and super-comfortable seats. The high end models get a semi-aniline leather upholstery that feels very soft to touch and enhances the comfiness of the seats.

All trims except the base ‘S’ offer multi-adjustable power front seats which are very nicely padded. Step up to the ‘SL’ and ‘Platinum’ trims and you also get heated front and rear seats along with a bunch of extra other features.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.9/59.5/40.5

40.2/60.3/42.6

39.8/59.1/41.0

39.5/59.1/44.1

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.8/58.9/38.7

40.3/60.5/40.6

38.6/58.6/39.6

39.3/58.0/39.4

In terms of passenger space, the Murano ample room for occupants at both the benches. The Murano benefits from its longest body among its class that makes its interior more spacious than its competitors. However, the Murano falls shorter only to the Ford Edge that offers the best in class front headroom and legroom. Thanks to Ford's wide and tall-boy stature.

Infotainment

At the heart of Nissan Murano's infotainment system lies an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system also gets USB connectivity along with a USB Type-C port. The higher trims also get an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system that sounds excellent and an in-built navigation system.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV Infotainment Screen

Not the sharpest in the segment, but we do like the touchscreen for its clutter-free menu and very easy operation. The system itself feels lag-free and is quite energetic in its responses as well. Some key features of the infotainment system include:

Infotainment features

  • 0 inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • USB and USB Type-C ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 11-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • satellite radio
  • speed sensitive volume control

Cargo

Well, for a stylish outfit you do need to spill out some extra price. The Nissan Murano does get a flashy roofline, which compromises its practicality quotient. The Murano’s cargo area of 32.1 cu-fts is above average, but maybe with a slightly traditional design, those figures could have been better. Nissan’s greater concentration on making the cabin of the Murano as spacious as possible also plays a role in an tighter cargo area.

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Cargo Volume (ft3)

32.1

39.2

30.5

11.3

Among the competition, the Murano’s trunk is larger than that of the Blazer and Sorento but smaller than the Edge. The mighty Ford with its chunkier proportions offers a class-leading cargo capacity of 39.2 cu-fts.

Interior Features

  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • adaptive cruise control
  • Climate control
  • front and rear cupholders
  • electrochromatic inside rearview mirror
  • Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel
  • tilt and telescopic steering wheel
  • Heated steering wheels
  • 8-way power adjustable front seats
  • interior air filtration
  • Interior Accent Lighting
  • Heated front and rear seats
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2020 Nissan Murano Exterior

8.0/10

Not only does the Nissan Murano’s driving manners sway a bit from more conventional counterparts, but also its exterior skin. An oval-ish bonnet, a sloping roofline on the side and the way the roofline integrates with the rear tail lamps, give it a very distinctive look.

2020 Nissan Murano SUV 3 Quarter View

Though the Murano might not have the sturdy presence of some of its rivals, but its long and heavy body, especially with the ‘20’ inch alloys do give it a strong road presence

Models

Nissan Murano SL

Ford Edge Titanium

Chevrolet Blazer 3LT

Kia Sorento SX

Length (in)

192.8

188.8

191.4

189.0

Width (in)

75.4

75.9

76.7

74.4

Height (in)

67.8

68.3

67.0

66.5

Ground clearance (in)

6.9

8.0

7.4

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

111.2

112.2

112.7

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

64./64.6

64.8/64.7

66.4/66.2

64.1/64.5

Curb weight (lbs)

3923

3959

3920

3968

Anything compared to the Murano in its segment seems to be on the conventional side. The Murano wears a stylish and unique attire that so far, no other product in its class does. Just like its seductive curves, everything else on the 2020 Murano’s exterior remains mostly the same. Be it the front LED headlamps, signature V-motion grille, or the “clinging” tail lamps at the rear.

Exterior features

  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Dusk sensing LED headlamps
  • Front, side, and rear view camera
  • Heated mirrors
  • hands-free entry
  • Panoramic sunroof
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2020 Nissan Murano Safety

9.0/10

With size and power comes safety as a top priority, and Nissan has been doing it very seriously for a while now. The 2020 Nissan Murano received overall ‘good’ rating in various crash tests by IIHS and 5 stars from NHTSA. The crash test ratings further ensure the peace of mind that Murano has to offer. All trim levels of the Murano are bundled with a bunch of safety features, some of which include:

Safety Features

  • 10 standard airbags
  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Pre and post-collision safety system
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Emergency braking preparation
  • Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Universal remote transmitter

2020 Nissan Murano Competition

2020 Nissan Murano vs Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is undoubtedly one of the best products in its segment. It lacks the supple ride comfort of the Murano, but pays for that with its sporty handling. The Edge has a much more refined powertrain than the Murano that loves being revved hard. The Ford also has a modern interior layout compared to the dated Murano. Above all, the Edge offers best in class passenger as well as cargo room too.

2020 Ford Edge

2020 Nissan Murano vs Chevrolet Blazer

Well, the Chevrolet Blazer might not be as distinctive as the Murano, but it surely looks very young and a modern day crossover. Ideally designed for fierce driving sessions, the Blazer offers energetic handling for which it does sacrifice some of its ride quality. Interior appointments in the Blazer feel nice and have a modern day layout. However, the Murano is slightly better than the Blazer in terms of cabin and cargo space.

 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

2020 Nissan Murano vs Kia Sorento

Unlike the Murano’s balanced character, the Sarento is more of a family tourer. It gets three row seating, is adequately spacious on the inside and it feels premium as well. The Sorento offers a ride quality that is as good as the Murano and feels more stable around corners. However, the Murano offers luxury line interior fit and finish along with more spacious interiors.

2020 Kia Sorento

2020 Nissan Murano Final Verdict

8.4/10

If you are looking for a humble mid-size crossover as your daily driver with comfort and exquisite styling as your top priority, the 2020 Nissan Murano is the vehicle for you. However, if thats not the case and you are willing to eliminate the comfort factor for better driving engagement, there surely are better alternatives to the Murano.