Napa Valley, Calif. — Since it debuted in 2003 as one of the first North American ?crossovers?, the Nissan Murano has had a visual strong appeal, and it has aged well; I think well cared for older models still look fresh and contemporary. With that in mind, I approached the introduction of the 2015 Nissan Murano with some apprehension?I didn?t want to see that they screwed it up with some weird new styling.
My worries were quickly put to rest, when I got my first look at the 2015 Nissan Murano. I was relieved to see that the Nissan designers had not messed up the Murano with a strange design; in fact, they had actually made it better both outside and inside.
Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. explained, ?At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences. Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready for the roads of the world less than 24 months later.?
The driver benefits from the Advanced Drive-Assist? Display which includes a seven-inch high resolution screen between the tachometer and speedometer. It can be configured to show a variety of safety, navigation, entertainment and vehicle condition readouts so the driver is more easily in touch with what the vehicle is doing.
The 2015 Nissan Murano has a larger cargo area than the previous generation. With all the seat backs up, the space holds 39.6 cubic feet, or enough space for luggage for four. With the rear seat folded there?s 69.9 cubic feet.
The Murano has a nimble, agile feel on the road as my driving partner and I discovered on some of the hilly and winding roads in the Napa wine country. The ride is well balanced between comfort and handling so you feel in control, but without being shaken with a too stiff ride.
The new Murano exceeded my expectations in design and comfort. It should be a top competitor in the tough crossover market.