2021 Nissan Murano

MSRP $32,510 - $45,610

Ranked #12 in Suv

2021 Nissan Murano Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Debuting back in 2003, the Nissan Murano has come a long way in the compact SUV segment. The five-seater Murano in its 2021 iteration offers more than its size and features modern equipment and an array of driver assistance aids. The 2021 Nissan Murano has proved its worthiness with the punchy 260-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine. With its smooth continuously variable transmission, the Murano feels smooth and premium to drive across cities and highways. There are few areas where Nissan needs to look in order to make Murano face some newcomers in the class. 

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Pros

Unique design styling

Comfortable and roomy rear seating

Lots of safety features

Premium interior material

Cons

Only CVT option available

Average fuel economy

Limited cargo capacity

The dated 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system 

What's New?

Essentially unchanged from the previous model year

An expanded list of standard safety features


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$32510

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

240 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

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)

16.1/15.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

192.4 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

8.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

18.8 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/28 mpg

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 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$32,510 onwards

SV$35,640 onwards

SL$40,010 onwards

Platinum$44,060 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Nissan Murano in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.7

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.5

Final Verdict

8.4

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The 2021 Murano still gets the dated infotainment system that needs an update. The interior looks decent with freshened equipment but still, we find better placement in the rivals like Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Passport. The Murano would please daily drivers who don't look beyond the design and driving dynamics. With four trims on offer, there's a hefty set of creature comfort and active safety features that gives it a purpose in the new age. The 2021 Murano starts at $32,510 and goes up to $45,610. Let's get into more details to find out how well it performs on the real ground. 

2021 Nissan Murano SUV front view
2021 Nissan Murano SUV rear view

8.7/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition

8.4/10
Final Verdict


2021 Nissan Murano Features

The Nissan Murano comes in four main trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. All trims get a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that propels 260 horsepower, 240 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). You'll find front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive across the lineup. 

The five-seater 2021 Murano gets a full-proof trim pricing with base S priced at $32,510 and the top-dog Platinum priced at $45,610. The Platinum comes with additional features like a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, premium leather, and NissanConnect emergency notification services.

Trims

S

SV

SL

Platinum

MSRP(FWD)

$32,510

$35,640

$40,010

$44,060

MSRP(AWD)

$34,060

$37,190

$41,560

$45,610

Key Features

Dusk sensing LED Headlamps

Adds/Upgrades to S -

Adds/Upgrades to SV -

Adds/Upgrades to SL -

 

Pre-collision safety system

Roof Rail Cross Bars

Front fog/driving lights

Premium leather upholstery

 

Rearview camera

Blindspot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

Front, side, and a rearview 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

NissanConnect emergency notification services

 

Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel

Adaptive cruise control

Reverse tilt dual mirrors

Ventilated front seats

 

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

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

Heated front seats

Power-adjustable steering wheel

 

Cloth upholstery

Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Leather upholstery

Upgraded leather

Each Murano trim comes loaded with standard safety aids such as forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic braking, lane departure mitigation, and rear parking sensors.

Which Trim should you buy?

Although, the base S offers a significant amount of features at $32,510. We found the SL as the most desirable Murano trim as it maximizes comfort with upmarket features like Driver-seat memory settings, heated front, and rear seats, leather upholstery, Voice controls, silver roof rails, and a hands-free liftgate.

2021 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance

8.7/10

The 2021 Murano comes powered by a 3.5L V-6 engine developing 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. The engine sends power to the front wheels via Continuously Variable transmission. The transmission is smooth enough to change gear shifts and offers proper feedback while cruising on highways.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV driving view

The Murano comes with a towing capacity of 1500 pounds. 

Models

2021 Nissan Murano

2021 Ford Edge

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Honda Passport

MSRP

$32,510

$32,495

$35,875

$32,590

Engine

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

2.0L Turbo Inline- 4

2.5L NA inline four-cylinder

3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Continuously variable-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9 Speed automatic

Power

260 hp @ 6,000 rpm

250 hp @ 5,500 rpm

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

240 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

275 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm

181 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

0-60 MPH

8.2 seconds

7.6 seconds

8.9 seconds

6.2 seconds

Quarter Mile

16.4 seconds

15.9 seconds

16.7 seconds

14.7 seconds

Top Speed

130 MPH

130 MPH

127 MPH

139 MPH

The Murano feels short on torque production and you can't expect the car to go off-road with aggressive driving. The competitors like Hyundai Santa Fe and Honda Passport offer better power and torque output than the Murano. The acceleration is quite sluggish at 8.2 seconds and we believe that the CVT is just not enough for the 3.5-liter V6 powertrain that sits under the Murano’s hood. 

How well does the 2021 Nissan Murano handle?

The 3.5-liter V6 powertrain generates enough power to cater to your daily driving needs, delivering decent acceleration. The gear shifts aren't noticeable unless you go for hard acceleration in extreme driving conditions. The CVT is not the best in class and loses some points in offering fun drives at times. The initial acceleration might be time taking but once getting through a certain rpm, the car manages to carry out smoother acceleration. 

2021 Nissan Murano SUV handling

The pedals feel consistent and offer good feedback when applied. The steering is responsive enough to aid the car's overall ride quality. Cornering is easy with the Murano as its form factor is wide enough to maintain stability. With a decent curb weight, the Murano keeps itself footed to the roads and feels noiseless while cruising on the highways. 

2021 Nissan Murano Braking Performance

Murano’s braking performance is impressive with large brake motors in the front and rear. The braking distance has a good stopping power at 119 feet which is lesser than Santa Fe, Ford Edge, and the Passport. The best thing about the 2021 Murano is that Nissan has added an array of safety features and driver assistance ads that helps improve its performance altogether. 

Models

2021 Nissan Murano

h2021 Ford Edge

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Honda Passport

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.6

12.4

12.8

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.1

12.4

12

13

Curb Weight (lbs)

3823

3959

3591

3955 

60-0 (feet)

119

129

130

126

With a curb weight of 3959 pounds, the Ford Edge is the heaviest among the group and facilitated braking distance of 129 feet. The braking performance of Murano is also supported by the latest safety aids like front and rear automatic emergency braking. The Murano also comes with standard Pedestrian control that helps optimize its speed and brakes efficiently. 

2021 Nissan Murano Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2021 Murano lies on a thirsty side with its powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. The SUV manages to return 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The SUV comes with a fuel tank of 19 gallons that makes it travel up to 380 miles in the city. The 2021 Murano has started to reveal its age and needs a serious upgrade with its engine and transmission system. Not only the Murano is slow in terms of acceleration but also returns poor fuel economy in the city. 

Models

2021 Nissan Murano

2021 Ford Edge

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Honda Passport

MPG (City)

20

22

25

20

MPG (Highway)

28

29

28

25

MPG (Combined)

23

25

26

22

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

19.0 

18.5 

18.8

19.5 

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

380/532/437 miles

407/537/462 miles

414/545/413

390/487/429miles

On the highways, the Murano brings out around 28 mpg which is still justified but in the city, the SUV feels sluggish with acceleration and fuel economy. With a tank full, the Murano can go up to 532 miles on highways. Comparatively, the Hyundai Santa Fe offers better fuel economy at 25 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. It travels around 414 miles in the city with an 18.8-gallon tank fuel capacity. 

2021 Nissan Murano Interior

8.1/10

As you move inside the Nissan Murano, you are welcomed with a clean and crisp cabin with good placement of equipment and storage spots. The front and rear seats are equally comfortable and supportive. The SUV comes standard with dual-zone climate control.

2021 Nissan Murano SUV cockpit area

The seats get extra comfy with heated and cooling features. You have ventilated seats on the range-topping Platinum trim. An 8.0-inch touchscreen is mounted on the dashboard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The infotainment comes with no major improvement and is similar to what we have seen in previous model years. 

2021 Nissan Murano SUV front seats

Models

2021 Nissan Murano

2021 Ford Edge

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Honda Passport

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.9/59.5/40.5

40.2/60.3/42.6

41.2/59.1/44.1

40.1/62.0/40.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.8/58.9/38.7

40.3/60.5/40.6

39.2/58.3/40.9

40.1/61.9/39.6

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

32.1

39.2

35.9

41.2

The Murano has not pleased us with its limited cargo space. Compared to the rivals that offer better cargo space, the Murano is limited to just 32.1 cubic feet of cargo space. Otherwise, the interior offers ample legroom and headroom to the passengers. Some of the key interior features of the 2021 Nissan Murano are:

  • Dual Zone Auto AC with In-Cabin Microfilter
  • Heated Steering with Memory setting
  • Intelligent Cruise Control and Push-button start
  • Semi-Aniline Leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts
  • 60/40 Split-folding rear seats with reclining rear seats and center armrest
  • One-Touch Auto Up/Down Front Power Windows
  • Power Tilt and Telescopic steering column
  • Auto-Dimming RVM with adjustable Ambient Lighting
  • Power adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar support and memory
  • Power front passenger seat

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Nissan Murano?

The Nissan Murano needs a serious fix with its dated infotainment system that features an 8.0-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system, and a 7.0-inch gauge cluster display. The infotainment system lacks the responsiveness and user experience compared to what we find on the rival cars. The navigation feature is offered with the SL and Platinum models. Also, both the range-topping models get an 11-speaker Bose audio system. Some of the notable infotainment features are:

  • Three 12V DC Power Outlets
  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple Car Play and Android Auto and 4 USB Ports with Type C Connectivity
  • HD Radio
  • Speed-Sensitive Volume
  • Home link Universal Transceiver
  • Traffic Sign Recognition and High Beam Assist
  • Illuminated Steering Wheel Mounted Audio controls

2021 Nissan Murano Exterior

8.0/10

Nissan has been carrying forward Murano’s concept-like design since its debut in 2003. The Nissan Murano exhibits a unique design styling that makes it different from other cars in the rival list. The SUV gets 18-inch wheels as standard that gives it a bold road presence. The front fascia is clean with LED headlamps on the sides. It is good to see Murano using Nissan's "V-Motion" design for the front profile. Notably, the SL and Platinum trims get 20-inch wheels. 

2021 Nissan Murano SUV 

Models

2021 Nissan Murano

2021 Ford Edge

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Honda Passport

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,823 

3,959 

3,591

3,955 

Length (in)

192.8

188.8

188.4

190.5 

Width (in)

75.4

75.9

74.4

78.6 

Height (in)

67.8

68.3

67.4

71.6 

Ground Clearance (in)

6.9

8.0

7.3

7.5 

Wheelbase (in)

111.2

112.2

108.9

111.0 

The Murano SUV is longer than most of its competitors. The compact footprint of the SUV allows it to get through tight spots in the parking lot. With a wheelbase of 111.2 inches, the Murano manages to offer a decent floor for the passengers. You can’t expect much off-road or towing capacity from the Murano as it manages to tow only 1500 pounds compared to rivals that offer better-towing capacity. Some of the notable exterior features are: 

  • 20-inch Aluminum Alloys
  • LED Headlights with LED DRL's
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Power Heated ORVM with LED Turn Signal
  • LED Fog Lights
  • LED Tail Lights
  • Motion-activated Liftgate
  • Silver Roof Rails
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Power Panoramic Moonroof

2021 Nissan Murano Safety

9.0/10

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2021 Nissan Murano a five out of five safety ratings. In the front and side-impact test, the Murano scored five stars. It scored four out of five stars on the rollover test. The Murano gets an impressive set of standard safety features across the trim levels, making it one of the safest SUVs in the class. 

All Murano's features a Safety Shield 360 driver assistance suite, which includes pedestrian detection, forward-collision warning, front and rear automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. 

Adaptive cruise control is exclusive to the SV, SL, and Platinum trims. Meanwhile, the 2021 Murano gets marked as Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, which is the highest award for any vehicle. It also earned a top rating of Good in all crash tests conducted by the IIHS. Some of the notable safety features included with the 2021 Nissan Murano are:

  • Driver Drowsiness Monitor
  • Rearview Camera
  • Rear Automatic Braking
  • Forward Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Second Row Side Airbags
  • Front passenger knee airbag
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Active Brake Limited Slip

2021 Nissan Murano Competition

7.5/10

2021 Nissan Murano vs. 2021 Ford Edge

With somewhat similar entry-level pricing, both Murano and Edge offer a complete package for small families and cater to their buyers effectively. In terms of seating, you'll find similar space and comfort in both SUVs, but the Edge offers a better cargo space than the Murano. The Nissan offers a bit upscale interior with premium appeal. Also, Murano's peppy V6 engine offers a refined power output. With higher torque output, the Ford Edge transmits power more effectively compared to the Murano. 

2021 Ford Edge

2021 Nissan Murano vs. 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

The Hyundai Santa Fe is similar in dimensions to the Nissan Murano, making space for five people. However, the Murano is a bit longer than the Hyundai Santa Fe. The 2021 Santa Fe is more powerful than the Murano with an absolute towing capacity of 3500 pounds. The Murano manages to tow up to 1500 pounds. In terms of interior equipment, the Hyundai Santa Fe looks neat and appealing compared to Murano's cabin. The Santa Fe also offers a bit bigger cargo space. Looking over various factors, we would choose Santa Fe over Murano any day. 

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe

2021 Nissan Murano vs. 2021 Honda Passport

The Honda Passport offers a spacious interior with enormous legroom in the rear seating. Both SUVs offer equal space for five passengers. The 2021 Honda Passport is a bit wider than the Murano, making things challenging while finding parking space around tight spots. The Passport beats Murano in towing capability any day. Also, the Passport makes more power than the Murano. In the zero to 60 mph sprint, we are impressed with the Honda Passport as it does it in 6.2 seconds while the Murano takes more than 8 seconds. 

2021 Honda Passport

 

2021 Nissan Murano Final Verdict

8.4/10

The Nissan Murano would be a great five-seater SUV to buy in 2021 as it delivers more than its size. The design is unusual, thanks to Nissan for keeping the design concept-like and subtle. The interiors offer comfortable seating with an array of features. The Murano is popular for its unique design and the driving dynamics look compromised due to poor outward visibility. The V6 is powerful but lacks the thrill that other cars provide in the same range. With a strong V6 engine and the latest safety features, the Nissan Murano is worth consideration.

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