The 2020 Nissan Murano comes with distinctive styling and comfortable interior. It is one of the most quirky looking mid-size crossover SUVs. It can accommodate up to five passengers. Powered by a 3.5L engine producing 260 hp, the performance is not as brisk as one would expect. However, with a combined fuel economy of 23 MPG and a starting MSRP of $31,730, it makes a strong case for itself.
The 2020 Nissan Murano received minor styling tweaks last year. It provides a comfortable cabin space and offers a cargo capacity of 31 cu-ft. With four trims on offer, namely the S, SV, SL and Platinum, it offers many options for prospective buyers. It’s available in both FWD and AWD configuration, facing competition from the likes of Chevrolet Blazer, Honda Passport and Hyundai Santa Fe.
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Pricing and Feature
Engine and Performance
Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide
“The 2020 Nissan Murano ranges from well-equipped to lavish, but the best value lies towards the bottom of the range with the SV trim.” -The Car Connection.
The 2020 Nissan Murano definitely stands out in its segment. It offers comfortable seating but lacks a bit in terms of cargo capacity. Even the performance from its 3.5L engine is underwhelming to say the least. The overall quality of materials in the cabin is good for the price but the best is reserved for the top of the line Platinum trim, starting at a MSRP of $41,730 excluding additional charges.
All the trims come in FWD configuration as standard while AWD is optional for additional $1600. If you like cornering or mild off-road getaways then the AWD will make more sense. The 2020 Nissan Murano’s warranty coverage for 3yr/36,000 kms is good but there’s nothing special about it. Even with the base trim S, you get features like 18-inch alloys, 8.0-inch infotainment system, front and rear USB charging ports along with a suite of safety and driver-assists as standard.
7.5/10 Engine and Performance
7.5/10 Fuel Economy
8.4/10 Final Verdict
2020 Nissan Murano Features
“The 2020 Murano has an exciting appearance and contemporary content, but it's not polished or engaging enough to compete with the best in class.”- Car and Driver
The 2020 Nissan Murano is available in four trims: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The base S trim costs about $31,730. All the trims are available in FWD configuration only, while 4WD is optional. All the trims are equipped with the same drivetrain and offer mediocre performance. However, the fuel efficiency is good for the segment.
From the SV trim itself, features like 10-way power-adjustable seats, auto dimming rearview mirror, speed sensing wipers, remote engine start system, HomeLink Universal Transceiver etc. Nissan also offers a good range of official accessories to muscle up the Murano as per your needs.
18-inch aluminium alloy wheels
Adds or upgrades to the S trim
Adds or upgrades to the SV trim
Adds or upgrades to the SL trim
LED headlights and tail lamps
Power heated outside mirrors
LED fog lamps
Diamond quilted leather upholstery
8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
10-way power-adjustable front seats
11 Speaker Bose Audio System
Power adjustable steering wheel
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Black roof rails
Ventilated front seats
Blind Spot Monitoring System
Heated Front Seats and Outboard Rear Seats
Panoramic moon roof
Forward Collision warning
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
High beam assist
We would recommend the SV trim for the list of features and its price point. It offers many additional features like power adjustable front seats, outside heated mirrors, rear sonar system, blindspot warning, etc over the base S trim for a reasonable cost. Plus, opting for AWD configuration will make the 2020 Murano more versatile. We would suggest the Premium Package for the SV trim to add features like dual-panel panoramic moonroof, heated front seats, leatherette appointed seats, etc.
2020 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance
“The 2020 Nissan Murano is not sporty in the least but provides comfort with aplomb.”- The Car Connection
The 2020 Nissan Murano is equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a CVT transmission and power is sent to front wheels as standard. However, you can opt for 4WD configuration by paying $1600 extra. The CVT works just as intended but don’t expect an urgent response from it.
The 2020 Murano takes about 7.5 seconds for a 0-60 MPH sprint while a quarter mile drag takes about 15.6 seconds. The acceleration tends to be lethargic, thanks to the rubber band effect that is prevalent in the lower RPM range. Once you cross past the mid-range, the Murano performs well. It is sprung towards the softer side and hence the ride quality is one of the best in the segment.
While this soft suspension makes the Murano thump over bumps and potholes, body roll is clearly present while cornering. The NVH levels are well controlled and the cabin is well insulated from outside noise. The steering lacks feedback while the brakes offer decent bite and the Murano stops within 119-feet of stopping distance.
Hyundai Santa Fe
3.5L V 6
9 Speed automatic
9 Speed automatic
6 Speed Automatic
260 hp@ 6000rpm
305 hp@ 6600rpm
280 hp@ 6000rpm
290 hp@ 6400rpm
240 lb-ft @ 4400rpm
269 lb-ft @ 5000rpm
262 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
252 lb-ft @ 5200rpm
The Chevrolet Blazer is the most powerful with its 3.6L engine. It offers better performance than the Murano. The Honda Passport is just 0.1 second slower than the Chevrolet Blazer. The Murano is the least powerful and its performance testifies that fact too. The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with a smaller 3.3L engine. It performs very similarly to the Murano while offering a shorter braking distance.
“The 2020 Nissan Murano is not particularly efficient at 23 mpg combined.”- The Car Connection
The 2020 Nissan Murano offers acceptable fuel economy as a compensation for its uninspiring performance. It offers 20 MPG in the city, 28 MPG on the highways and 23 MPG in combined driving conditions. With a fuel tank capacity of 19.0 gallons, it can travel up to 437 miles in mixed conditions.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Tank Capacity (gal)
All the SUVs offer identical gas mileage while their total range differs. The Hyundai Santa Fe is the least fuel efficient and offers the least range. The Nissan Murano wins the range battle owing to marginally better gas mileage and large fuel tank. The Blazer and Passport offer the same fuel economy in mixed conditions.
2020 Nissan Murano Interior
“The Murano's cabin is among the nicest, most well-equipped interiors in this comparison and outluxes most of the other Nissan products.”- Car and Driver
The 2020 Nissan Murano can accommodate up to five passengers. The front seats are comfortable and come with adequate cushioning while being 10-way power adjustable from the SV trim itself. The dashboard is laid out in an ergonomic fashion with the infotainment screen just below the aircon vents. The S and SV trims get cloth upholstery while the SL and Platinum trims get leather appointed seats.
The rear seats are comfortable as well while offering good thigh support. The leg space is good across the second row but not the best. The rear seat is 60/40 split and foldable for extending cargo capacity. The SL and Platinum trims receive heated rear seats while a dual-zone climate control system is standard across all the trims. The Platinum trim gets special semi-aniline leather upholstery with diamond quilted inserts.
Cargo capacity (cu-ft)
In terms of ingress/egress, the 2020 Nissan Murano Murano is the easiest one, courtesy of the 90-degree opening doors. It allows for a wide opening for passengers to get in and the low height of the Murano adds to the ease. The competition offers better second row legroom The cargo capacity is not satisfactory with just 32.1 cu-ft of space. The Honda Passport offers a class-leading 41.2 cu-ft of trunk space.
The 2020 Nissan Murano’s infotainment system is feature-loaded. It gets an advanced drive-assist display and a 8.0-inch touchscreen display as standard. It also gets features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for better smartphone connectivity. Some features like navigation system, SiriusXM services and 11-speaker Bose audio system are available only in SL and Platinum trims. While the NissanConnect services are exclusive to Platinum trim. Some of the standout interior features are:
Dual zone climate control system
Advanced driver assist display
Remote engine start system
10-way power adjustable driver seats
Steering mounted controls
Climate controlled front seats (Platinum)
8-inch touchscreen display
6-speaker audio system
11-speaker Bose audio system (SL and Platinum)
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
Navigation system (SL and Platinum)
2020 Nissan Murano Exterior
“Despite its unremarkable performance, the Murano looks fancy and can be affordable.”- Car and Driver
The 2020 Nissan Murano is surely a quirky looking mid-size crossover SUV. The front fascia gets two sharp LED headlamps with daytime running lights along with the signature Nissan V-grille with chrome accents look aggressive. The front bumper houses the fog lamps and merges well with the front profile.
The side profile looks very similar to a hatchback while the roof rails give it a sporty appeal. A strong character line starts from the front headlamps and reaches the rear tail lamps, giving it a very prominent look. The rear profile is aggressive as well with angular LED tail lamps and roof mounted spoiler. The motion activated liftgate aids convenience and opens vertically.
Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2020 Nissan Murano offers balanced exterior dimensions and sits lower as compared to its rivals. It is one of the longer and narrower SUVs in the competition. The less width of the Murano should help get you through tight spots on the road with ease. The Honda Passport is wider and taller than others offering better shoulder room and headroom. It also offers higher ground clearance. Some of the standout exterior features are:
Decent scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) give the Murano an average safety report card. - Car and Driver
The 2020 Nissan Murano offers many safety features as standard. The NHTSA has given it an overall 5-star safety rating followed by a 4-star rating in the rollover test. Even the IIHS has tagged it as “Good” in most of the safety tests. It offers many passive safety features along with active safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, hill-start assist, intelligent driver alertness, etc to ensure passenger safety. Some of the standout safety features are:
Auto emergency braking with pedestrian braking.
Hill start assist
Intelligent lane intervention
Blindspot monitoring system
Rear cross traffic alert
Rear automatic braking
High beam assist
2020 Nissan Murano Competition
2020 Nissan Murano vs 2020 Chevrolet Blazer
The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer offers better performance than the Murano. The Murano offers better gas mileage and higher range as well. The Chevrolet Blazer offers better ground clearance, a must in the SUV segment.
The Nissan Murano offers better trunk space then the Blazer. The Murano is also more comfortable and premium from inside as compared to the Blazer. We would pick the Nissan Murano for better creature comforts.
2020 Nissan Murano vs 2020 Honda Passport
The 2020 Honda Passport is the newest entry in the segment and offers a spacious cabin and large cargo area. It offers a decent MPG figure.The Passport is way ahead than the Murano in terms of performance and a bit more fun to drive as well.
The Nissan on the other hand screams luxury from the inside and the way it drives. It also offers many safety features as standard for enhanced safety of its passengers.
2020 Nissan Murano vs 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe offers better performance while being less fuel efficient. The Nissan Murano is more fuel efficient and more comfortable as well. The Hyundai Santa Fe comes with better cargo space and better rear row legroom as well.
The Santa Fe looks more SUV-ish than the Murano and offers an engaging drive. We would pick the Santa Fe over the Murano for better driving involvement.
2020 Nissan Murano Final Verdict
With its updated exteriors, interior ergonomics and a ultra-plush and quiet ride, the Nissan Murano leaves very less to be desired from an SUV meant for doing a lot of mile munching. With the addition of safety features, the Murano is a lot safer to drive than before as well. Overall, if you aren't much concerned with performance and rely more on the comfort of the ride, a drive in the 2020 Nissan Murano is the one that you should be looking for.