2016 Murano Named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families

2016 Nissan Murano

The 2016 Nissan Murano has been named US News & World Report’s Best 2-Row SUV for Families. This is the second time the Murano received an award from the publication this year, after being named one of its “Best Cars for the Money” back in February.

US News & World Report looked at 256 new cars, SUVs, and minivans currently on sale to determine the best vehicles in each major segment. Safety and reliability ratings, seating and cargo volume, family-friendly feature availability, and professional automotive reviews were all taken into consideration during the ranking process.

“Though the 2016 Nissan Murano’s price qualifies it as an affordable mid-size SUV, reviewers say its cabin offers a near-luxury level of refinement,” the editors wrote. “The Murano, however, isn’t just a great value. It’s also our Best 2-Row SUV for Families because it has the leading combination of interior space, available family-friendly features, and safety and reliability ratings in its class.”

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Combing Style and Luxury: The 2015 Murano Interior

2015 Murano Interior

Not only does the new Murano offer owners a dynamic driving experience, but, thanks to clever design, the interior is also incredibly comfortable and stylish. In fact, the Murano interior was recently nominated to the Ward’s list of 10 Best Interiors for 2015.

According to Nissan, the 2015 Murano interior features an array of premium materials, advanced technologies, and ergonomic contours. This includes NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, an eight-inch color display with multi-touch control, rear USB port with smartphone interface, Around View® Monitor, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, and Blind Spot Warning, among other things.

“First time I saw the new Murano interior, I was blown away by the pearlescent film that’s used to lovely effect on the doors, instrument panel, center console and armrest,” said Tom Murphy, executive editor, WardsAuto World. “The rest of the interior is brilliantly executed as well, from the smooth, flowing lines of the instrument panel to the ample cargo hold.”

Aside from the interior design, the Murano also has a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine under the hood generating 260 hp. This is mated to an advanced Xtronic transmission, allowing for up to 28 highway mpg. It’s hard not to like the new Murano, considering all of these incredible new features.

The Kiplinger Best Value Award Goes to the Nissan Murano

2015 Nissan Murano

The 2015 Nissan Murano has been awarded the Kiplinger Best Value Award.

Step aside, all other crossovers; the new Nissan Murano is taking over the industry. The latest crossover model from Nissan is making quite a stir, especially since it was named Kiplinger’s  Best New Midsize Crossover. This Kiplinger Best Value Award is a prestigious honor for the new Murano.

According to Nissan, Kiplinger’s judges vehicles on price, performance, value, safety, roominess, and driving impressions. Out of all the new crossovers tested, the Murano stood out as the best – which says quite a bit considering the size of this class.

“Nissan essentially created the crossover segment with the debut of the Murano in 2002, and now, 13 years later, the 2015 Nissan Murano is helping define the segment once again,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president of marketing at Nissan. “The redesigned Murano was created to provide drivers with an undeniable sense of comfort, style and innovation and this award certainly reaffirms that ideal.”

The new Murano features NASA-inspired Zero Gravity seating, NissanConnectSM with Navigation, and an Around View® Monitor among other things. Not only that, but the 260 hp engine is rated at 28 mpg highway when combined with its advanced Xtronic transmission. All in all, the Murano was a no brainer for the Best Value Award.

New Nissan Murano Pushes SUV into Premium Territory

Nissan Murano

The new Nissan Murano is borderline luxury with its stylish design and luxurious interior.

The Nissan Murano has been a mainstay in the brand’s lineup for quite a while now, but the new version of the SUV pushes the model into more premium territory than ever before. The Murano has always been stylish, but its new design makes it a downright luxury car for the 2015 model year. It’s not just the sexier new exterior design, but a more comfortable, luxurious interior as well.

That interior is a spacious one—with 39.6 cubic feet of cargo space and 147.7 cubic feet of interior volume overall. Plus, you get the benefit of technologies like Around View Monitor, a power driver’s seat, the NissanConnect system, USB ports, and much, much more. And that’s without taking into account all the luxurious materials included in the interior.

The new Nissan Murano runs on a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which means that it has equal power to go with all that added luxury as a 2015 model. You get 260 horsepower and 28 mpg highway with that engine, so this SUV can obviously accomplish anything and everything you want and need it to. Just come visit us here at James Ceranti Nissan to learn more!

Nissan to Start Murano Production in U.S.

Nissan Murano Production Moved to Canton, Mississippi

For the first time ever, Nissan Murano production will take place here in the United States. Nissan is moving its production to the Vehicle Assembly Plant in Canton, Mississippi. With the addition of this new model, the plant will add 500 new jobs!

“Recruiting efforts and preparations for the start of Murano production this fall are underway and current employees are excited to add this vehicle to the list of outstanding cars and trucks built in Mississippi,” said John Martin, a Nissan executive, in a statement. “The addition of Murano to our portfolio, coupled with the continued growth and success of the Canton plant, will move us even closer to our goal to build more than 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America.”

For 2015, the Murano gets dramatic new styling that looks to the future. The front end is highlighted by boomerang-shaped headlights and a large “V-motion” grille. It gets a sleek new look with dynamic bodylines on the sides.

Here at James Ceranti Nissan, we are excited to see Nissan continue its dedication to creating American jobs, and we can’t wait to get the all-new 2015 Nissan Murano on our showroom floor!


Related: Nissan to Reveal New 2015 Murano at New York Show


Nissan to Reveal New 2015 Murano at New York Show

New 2015 Murano Sneak PeekThe New York Auto Show is about two weeks away and Nissan has announced that it will unveil the new 2015 Murano there on April 16. To help get us excited for the reveal, Nissan has released a ten-second teaser video.

The shadowy video doesn’t really give much away save for some fine looking angular headlights and the hint of a possible “floating roof” design. It’s not a lot to go off of, but if Nissan’s recent history with concept is any indication, we here at James Ceranti Nissan feel that there is reason enough to be preemptively excited.

Car and Driver thinks the new Murano will resemble the stunning Resonance concept that appeared at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, and based on the glimpses from the video, we have to agree.

One thing’s for sure: the 2015 Nissan Murano will definitely be a ground-breaking design that will give us an idea of what we can expect from Nissan’s new design language. So, keep your eyes on New York on April 16 to see the big reveal. Once it’s seen the full light of day, you’ll be able to see it right here at our blog!

Nissan Making More Hybrid Models

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Rumors have been circulating lately that Nissan will be adding more of its models to the list of hybrids sometime around 2015. The latest to join the family will be the Rogue and the Murano. In the past, Nissan has shied away from hybrid vehicles, offering only the Altima, which is limited in production. But changes can be expected as Nissan plans to launch a total of 15 electric vehicles by 2016.

The Pathfinder Hybrid will go on sale this fall, kicking off these new hybrid endeavors for the automaker. There has also been talk of a different variation of the Altima Hybrid as well. The Pathfinder’s specifications may be mirrored in the release of the new Rogue and Murano, so look forward to a 2.5-liter supercharged engine, and a lithium-ion battery pack.

We haven’t heard word on the release date of the Murano, but the 2014 Nissan Rogue will be revealed September 10. Are you excited to see more options available in the Nissan lineup?