2017 Nissan Murano Review
Written By Anqoinette Crosby
Putting my luxurious 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum test car in park, I dashed inside to join a group of friends at our monthly book club meeting. A spirited group of literary-minded women, they are very open regarding their preferences about whatever novel we’re discussing. After we’ve dissected every nuance of an author’s work, we turn our attention to other topics.
This time, my attention was piqued when some of the hipster moms in the group expressed their disdain for minivans, while others stood in defense of them. The mixed reaction stemmed from the fact that while minivans have come a long way since we were kids, some of the moms wanted something smaller and sportier to shuttle their kids, pets and bulky packages around town.
Oh, and of course it had to look super fly.
Whenever the conversation turns to cars at these gatherings, all eyes shift to me as the go-to connoisseur who enjoys pairing women with vehicles fitting their lifestyles, personalities and pocketbooks. Serendipitously, the 2017 Nissan Murano Platinum I’d left in the driveway perfectly filled the bill.
Telling them about it, I led off with the Murano’s eye-popping exterior. Its bold lines flow curvaceously from front to back and set the Nissan apart from the more mundane crossovers usually found in the pick-up and drop-off lanes at schools. The signature V-Motion grille and a set of boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights further enhance the futuristic design.
Inside the roomy cabin, an artfully designed dash awaits. Hands free communication, entertainment, climate control and GPS interfaces eliminate fumbling about for buttons. Upholstered in plush leather, the Murano’s extremely comfortable Zero Gravity seats are an engineering nod to NASA, for which I realized a profound appreciation in a two-hour traffic jam on the D.C. Beltway.
Blissfully cosseted in these techie-trekkie seats, I emerged completely free of lower back stiffness and neck pain. Further, the Murano's panoramic glass roof infused a healthy dose of natural lighting to what could have been a very confining situation.
Meanwhile, the climate controlled front seats made my driving experience even more comfortable. And, the heated steering wheel freed me of the need to blow on my hands to warm them before touching what is usually a chilly steering wheel. For moms chauffeuring children around on cold days, heated rear seats keep the kiddos cozy too.
Murano’s power-folding second row seats make it easy to switch the handsome crossover from people mover to cargo hauler at the touch of a button. This made a Costco trip so much easier as I loaded and unloaded boxes of groceries. The power liftgate also came in handy when I had an armful of potted poinsettias. Still, I wish the cargo space had been a bit more generous so I could’ve avoided gingerly stacking a few items on top of the plants.
In addition to the coddling provided by the Murano Platinum’s plush features, its suite of integrated safety and security equipment affords moms peace of mind. These include high tech features such as Driver Attention Alert, an Around View Monitor system with Moving Object Detection, ignition disabling, and emergency communications. While a lot of people take keyless entry and integrated garage door transceivers for granted, they are welcomed features at night.
Power comes from a 3.5 liter V6 engine, which feeds 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque through a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. Fuel economy is rated at 21 miles per gallon in the city, 28 on the highway and 24 miles combined, whether you go front- or all-wheel drive.
Driving the Nissan, whether in stop and go traffic, on the open road, or around town, is smooth and easy. The crossover handles easily, whether on short trips to the gym or longer hauls to the outlet malls on the outskirts of town.
As the ladies in my book club and I have learned, one should generally avoid judging a book by its cover. However, Nissan’s sleek crossover is most assuredly an exception to this rule. Living up to its looks, inside and out, the 2017 Murano Platinum is wonderfully impressive and its exciting automotive story has no end in sight.
Pricing starts at $29,990 for base Murano models, while Murano Platinum starts at $39,610.