2018 Nissan Murano Review

The newly announced 2018 Nissan Murano is a model which provides the drivers with a high seating position but at the same time offers an all-wheel drive to go with it. The Murano model will go for an update of the future car and bring us a model which now adopts a polished new look with much smoother lines.

The upcoming 2018 Nissan Murano is a model which provides space for five people inside, but in a way it is also a vehicle which defies convention and does not bring us everything that we are used to having from this kind of a car. Where other models in the segment are aiming at being more family friendly and are doing their best to be appealing to people who need a family ride or at least a model which seems as if it could be a good off-road model. This version is taking the luxury road and going all in to make the luxury of the car their prime objective.

The future 2018 Murano version is not going to change drastically so the price is not going to jump so high. They are going for a more luxurious approach but they are doing so in a more appropriate way. We are expecting it to return in S, SV, SL, and Platinum trims with the addition of a Apple CarPlay availability and additional packages available for all the trim levels, making the cars better.

Exterior Update

The latest 2018 Nissan Murano vehicle will in fact defy the conventional appearance of your regular SUV or crossover vehicles.  Where most of the car makers are going for a chunky and heavy sort of a design, the Murano is offering us a more streamlined one. The result is more of a show room car type of a look than an actual road vehicle which we can see on the streets. Whether this is a good idea we are not sure, but it still looks so good.

Actually the exterior design of the Nissan Murano was based on the Resonance concept displayed in Detroit in 2013. Although they did not transfer the flashiness of the inside from the concept to the Murano they did well to transfer the outside look. We think that this is one of the best displays of reusing a concept look for a production design vehicle so far.

The top of the car offers a floating roof design which manages to balance out the sides and the front pillars of the car. It is actually something that comes exclusive for the Murano models. The car shares a lot of design cues with the Lexus RX, but it is interesting to say that Nissan has unveiled these parts ahead and adding them before the Lexus. There is a flowing crease above the bulging front fenders, while towards the taillights the window line has an upward swoop which manages to arch back toward the rear lamps. The grille has some diagonals flaring outward from the leading edge of the bumper and places the company’s logo front and center on it.

Inside Appearance and Style

The inside has not adapted the spectacular design as the outside of the 2018 Nissan Murano has. It has a dash which uses a V-shaped center stack that comes in contrast with a smooth wraparound beltline that flows directly into the front doors. They manage to make the car not interfere with the occupant spacing somehow and they still offer enough comfort for the people that are along for the ride. The designers said that the inside of the car has been designed to offer panoramic spacing and in a way it really feels like that.

The dash will sport hooded gauges and a matte-metallic trim that comes around the steering wheel, the center console which also amounts to a more sporty kind of a look for the Murano. They do offer some pretty outstanding trims and finishes for the inside and hence the added luxury of the car. The cabin is upscale enough but they even add some woodgrain and make it even more than it already is. In order to bring in more versatility for the trim there are more plastic elements which does not look so bad.

Powerplant

The 2018 Nissan Murano is not meant to be a speedy car, although it perhaps has the looks of one. Its purpose is a lot different than that and thus you should not expect to use this model in drag racing. The new Murano will continue using the same V-6 engine as before and we will see its performance reach 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque with this version of the car. Also the model will be using the latest iteration of the automaker’s CVT to help the gearshifting reach a different height.

Interestingly enough, the car will have the same EPA rating when it comes to making a choice between AWD and FWD versions. The model has the same stats, 21 mpg city, 28 highway, 24 combined for both. The AWD system adds about 50 pounds and the car sends the power exclusively to the front wheels, which accounts for the same rating.

Release Date and Price

The newest 2018 Nissan Murano will get to be released for sale by the end of this year. Since it is an updated version we are probably not going to wait too long for it to appear on the market, and next year is certainly not the case. The Murano’s release date is set for the latter part of 2017.

The price is also similar compared to the previous model car. It will only rise slightly as the changes are not as great as one would expect them to be. All in all the car will be offered for around 30,000 USD for the S trim, 33,000 for the SV, and 38,000 for the SL and 40,000 for the Platinum.

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