2013 Nissan Murano Preview

FAST FACTS
  • Available in 4-door hardtop and 2-door CrossCabriolet (convertible) body styles
  • 4- or 5-passenger seating
  • Choice of front- or all-wheel-drive (FWD or AWD) capability
  • Standard V-6 engine
  • S, SV, SL, LE, and CrossCabriolet trim levels
  • EPA-estimated to achieve up to 24 mpg on the highway

Introduction

Positioned between the smaller Rogue and the larger, 3-row Pathfinder, the Murano could be considered Nissan's happy-medium crossover. Buyers have the choice of five trim levels, including a 2-door CrossCabriolet variant.

The 2013 Nissan Murano arrives with only minor updates, among which are the addition of an SV Value package and a trio of new safety options.

Exterior Features

Despite its entry-level status, the 2013 Nissan Murano S offers such amenities as 18-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, power-adjustable outside mirrors, and rear privacy glass. One rung up the Murano ladder is where the SV model resides, which adds automatic headlights, fog lights, and black roof rails; the SL goes a few steps further with a power tilt/slide moonroof, heated mirrors, and a power liftgate. Next in line is the 2013 Murano LE, boasting 20-inch alloy wheels, HID headlights, and silver roof rails.

The CrossCabriolet model borrows features from the SV, SL, and LE, although it is the only Murano fitted with a power-operated soft top and integrated rear glass window.

Interior Features

The interior of the 5-passenger 2013 Nissan Murano S features up to 64 cubic feet of cargo space and is equipped with a 7-inch information display, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, reclining 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and aluminum accents. Music is provided courtesy of a 6-speaker audio system that includes a 6-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio input jack. Nissan increases the creature comfort factor a bit with the SV model's Bluetooth connectivity, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power front seats with 8-way adjustment for the driver and 4-way adjustment for the passenger, leather trim, and rearview camera. The SV is also buyers' ticket to standard satellite radio service, USB port, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and a video input jack.

To that array of features the 2013 Nissan Murano SL adds memory settings for the driver's seat and outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, heated front seats, power rear seats, leather upholstery, and an upgraded sound system with 11 speakers. Topping things off is the Murano LE and its heated power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with memory, heated rear seats, and woodgrain trim.

Again, the CrossCabriolet includes various features found on the SV, SL, and LE trim levels, such as heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a premium sound system with 7 speakers.

Optional Features

A new Value package is available for the 2013 Nissan Murano SV, and includes a navigation system with voice recognition, 7-inch touch screen, power liftgate, and upgraded audio. The navigation components are also offered on CrossCabriolet and SL models, although the latter bundles them with new-for-2013 blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, and moving-object detection systems.

A Platinum Edition package upgrades the Murano LE with those safety and navigation features, as well as unique 20-inch alloy wheels and stainless steel trim on the rear bumper.

Under the Hood

Nissan equips 2013 Murano S, SV, SL, and LE models with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that generates 260 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, output that is directed to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). An AWD system is optional on these trim levels. The Murano CrossCabriolet, on the other hand, features standard AWD capability and delivers 265 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque from the same V-6.

The 2013 Nissan Murano has a maximum tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Nissan Murano are:

  • Murano FWD: 18/24/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Murano AWD: 18/23/20 mpg
  • Murano CrossCabriolet: 17/22/19 mpg

Safety

The 2013 Nissan Murano's standard safety features include 6 air bags, limited-slip differential, traction control, front active head restraints, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, and electronic brake-force distribution. The CrossCabriolet model adds rear pop-up roll bars.

In government crash tests, the 2013 Nissan Murano received an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Murano received a "Good" rating--the Institute's highest--for moderate frontal-offset crash protection.

As this preview is written, neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS has rated the crashworthiness of the 2013 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.