In The Comfort Zone: Test Drive Nissan Murano

In The Comfort Zone: Test Drive Nissan Murano
In The Comfort Zone: Test Drive Nissan Murano

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Video: 2014 Nissan Murano 3.5L (249HP) POV TEST DRIVE 2022, December
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Experimenting with design was a favorite pastime for automakers in the early 2000s. Cars like the Chrysler PT Cruiser were just as surprising as Nokia's sliders, which seemed to break the laws of physics when opened. But today all this is left behind: smartphones have acquired a strict rectangular appearance, and cars have returned from streamlined shapes to strict lines.

Nissan Murano in this sense seems to be a synthesis of the past with the future. Here, smooth stamping on the doors is juxtaposed with sharp lines on the bumpers and bonnet. The silhouette of a Japanese crossover is generally a vivid example of how several motifs from completely different classes of cars can be combined in one body. So it turned out that in the design of Murano everyone is looking for their own, but, confused by these very motives, switches to another object. For example, on the more expensive, but no less faceted Lexus RX.

Photo: Oleg Lozovoy
Photo: Oleg Lozovoy

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Somewhere the Japanese even managed to cheat the time - automakers have come to the mixing of styles only now (look, for example, at the Volvo S90), while Nissan managed to realize this several years ago. The original and vibrant Murano has not changed its appearance, therefore inside it does not look like classmates at all.

Photo: Oleg Lozovoy
Photo: Oleg Lozovoy

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Here, of course, there is no steering wheel instead of a steering wheel, and the pedals have not been replaced with touch panels, but the layout of the cabin is different from other cars in this class. Firstly, the Murano has a compact, chubby steering wheel, like on a sports hatchback - it is much more pleasant to maneuver in a cramped yard with it than to wind up on a huge steering wheel.

Secondly, the center console does not face the driver like all modern cars. The symmetry on the Nissan dashboard seems to hint that this crossover is a family one, where complete equality should reign. The rest of the Murano's interior is high-quality leather, electronic assistants and glossy plastic. The latter is not the best solution: fingerprints are constantly left on the center console.

Photo: Oleg Lozovoy
Photo: Oleg Lozovoy

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Nissan did not follow the path of many brands also when it comes to the technical part. The company has powerful supercharged engines, but for some reason the Murano was equipped with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated engine. The engine produces 249 hp. (the engine was slightly derated for the sake of transport tax) and 325 Nm of torque. In practice, this means that the all-wheel drive crossover is gaining the first "hundred" in 8.2 seconds - a good indicator by modern standards, but far from a record in the class.

You will not be able to fully enjoy the symphony of the V-shaped "six" - Murano has too solid insulation of the engine compartment. Another thing is that such a Nissan, during a test in city mode, burned an average of 17-18 liters of gasoline for every 100 km. But there is an opportunity to save money by ordering a hybrid version - the electric motor allows you to move in traffic jams, significantly saving fuel. The manufacturer states that the average consumption of the Murano "on batteries" in the combined cycle will be about 8.3 liters per "hundred".

Photo: Oleg Lozovoy
Photo: Oleg Lozovoy

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But in terms of electronic lotions Murano has no equal. For example, he turned out to have a circular view system that displays a picture from four cameras on the display of a multimedia system: in front, in the back and two on the sides. The crossover also has a so-called reversing collision warning system - a useful option that monitors moving objects behind in the parking lot.

The top-end Murano package contains many other useful non-safety details. For example, a keyless entry system, an electric fifth door, front electric seats with memory and ventilation, a huge panoramic roof and a DVD player with a monitor for rear passengers. The latter is more of an additional item in the equipment list than a really useful option. In the world of tablets and "cloud" services, OEM monitors look archaic.

Photo: Oleg Lozovoy
Photo: Oleg Lozovoy

© Oleg Lozovoy

The Nissan Murano is a prime example of how a big crossover doesn't have to be rough and angular. "The Japanese" is hospitable, ready to insure the driver in case of danger and can entertain all passengers thanks to the "smart" multimedia system. But for all this you will have to pay a lot - a crossover in the minimum version with front-wheel drive costs from 2,460,000 rubles. The top version with all-wheel drive and a gasoline engine will cost 2,890,000 rubles. Finally, the hybrid version costs 3,265,000 rubles, already falling under the luxury tax. But who said comfort should be cheap?>

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