The Nissan Murano is a midsize SUV that debuted in 2003. With seating for five and an excellent amount of cargo space, the 2021 Nissan Murano is the perfect crossover to make your life better. Since its inception, the Murano has only gotten better and better in style, interior design, performance, safety, and technology, culminating in a vehicle that would make any driver happy.
The Murano’s first generation spanned from 2003 to 2007. The later 2007 model could get up to 24 miles per gallon combined, and it had a max towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. As the Murano moved into its second generation, it came in with a new and better exterior design. Plus, Nissan added more luxury features such as heated seating and LED lighting. The second generation lasted longer than the first, spanning from 2008 to 2015. The third generation hit even harder, including three new exterior color options, a redesigned grille, and Nissan’s 360 safety shield. From 2019 and onward, the Murano’s fourth generation has gone strong. This now leads us to the impressive new 2021 Nissan Murano in all its glory.
The 2021 Nissan Murano is made for commuters. This new model comes with a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing up to 260 horsepower, with a combined fuel economy rating of 23 MPG. It is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options, and its suspension is designed to make even the roughest rides smooth. The Murano’s automatic all-wheel drive feature makes it to where even when you’re in two-wheel drive, your all-wheel drive will kick in when necessary. Similarly, once it’s no longer needed, all-wheel drive will disable, and you’ll automatically go back to two-wheel drive. This is especially helpful in situations where you don’t expect to need all-wheel drive until a specific driving situation occurs, and you can’t quickly switch to all-wheel drive on your own.
On this model, you’ll get helpful features such as Hill Start Assist, which helps you drive on steep hills. Basically, if you stop on an incline and someone is behind you, Hill Start Assist is what keeps the Murano from rolling backward as you switch from brake to acceleration. Additionally, while this model is designed for commuting rather than towing, it is still capable of hauling up to 1,500 pounds if needed.
The Murano’s continuously variable transmission (CVT) aids in the model’s fuel efficiency while working with its suspension to create a smooth, relaxing ride. This transmission is paired with an oil cooler, meaning that overheating your engine oil is a thing of the past. Overheated hydraulic fluid can inflict long-term negative effects on your transmission, shortening its lifespan. Transmission repairs don’t come cheap, so this standard oil coolant feature is more important than you’d think.
In addition to its efficient transmission, the 2021 Murano includes Brake Assist. This Brake Assist feature ensures that your vehicle will stop even quicker than other models, particularly during an emergency or unexpected stops. Overall, the 2021 Nissan Murano is designed for easier, more affordable commutes. This model can stick to the roads and hug those unexpected curves with ease.
When you’re looking for a commuter vehicle, safety is on the top list of priorities. This is where Nissan’s standard Safety Shield 360 comes into play. Whereas older Murano models treated the Safety Shield 360 suite as a luxury item only standard on higher trims, the 2021 Nissan Murano is different. These standard safety features are now present on any Murano trim level. There are six various driver assist and safety features available with this standard option. Let’s go over what each one can do.
First off, the 2021 Murano includes Rear Automatic Braking. This is designed to work with your standard backup camera to make sure you don’t back into minute objects. Similarly, Rear Cross Traffic Alert is handy when you’re trying to back out of a parking space. This technology can detect vehicles that are approaching from the side rather than directly behind you.
Lane Departure Warning is also included in the standard Nissan Safety Assist 360 feature. Basically, your Murano will alert you and correct your driving when you start to leave your lane without your turn signal. This is intended to wake you up if you’ve drifted off or to catch your attention when you’re unalert. Blind Spot Warning is also standard on the Murano, and it’s designed to notify you when a vehicle is approaching from behind.
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection is among the most important safety assist features. It will let you know if you need to slow down because a potential hazard is in front of you, and it’ll automatically put the brakes on if a pedestrian or obstructing vehicle is detected. High Beam Assist is the final safety piece to the Nissan Safety Assist 360 puzzle. While lighting doesn’t sound like much, these LED lights are quite handy. They’ll enable you to see much further, and the automatic beam seating takes the pressure off you to turn down your lights. Bright lighting is a thing of the past, thanks to the High Beam Assist feature.
The 2021 Nissan Murano comes with Intelligent Cruise Control, which differs from classic cruise control. When you set your cruise on the Murano, you don’t have to worry about resetting it again and again. Instead, the Intelligent Cruise Control feature will automatically adjust your speed to the flow of traffic. When needed, it can even bring you to a full stop. While it’s important to pay attention to the road, this feature makes it easier to avoid unnecessary accidents, as well as making cruise control much more convenient.
There’s a lot more to your interior than just looks. But first, we’ll go over the 2021 Nissan Murano’s aesthetic appeal and its comfort and convenience features. First off, this model has heated leather seating that comes in multiple different colors. These shades include Cashmere, Mocha, and Graphite, which are tan, brown, and gray shades.
The Murano also comes with a driver’s memory system. Basically, once you adjust your seating, mirrors, and radio, you’ll never have to do it again if you keep your Nissan Intelligent Key on hand. Plus, you get access to temperature-controlled front seating, so you can adjust your seat’s temperature, whether you prefer cold or hot. Speaking of temperature, the Murano’s dual-zone automatic temperature system separates the passenger from the driver. When one person is hot, but the other is cold, that’s no longer an issue. Plus, the new Murano includes rear seating vents to ensure that air and heat circulate appropriately.
Another fun comfort feature that the 2021 Nissan Murano has is its heated steering wheel. Like most new models, the Murano offers illuminated vanity mirrors, concealed cargo storage, and even a hands-free powered liftgate. Speaking of cargo, this model offers up to 67 cubic feet of cargo space when all the seats are down.
No modern vehicle feels right without the latest tech features. This is an aspect that the 2021 Nissan Murano has down pat. First off, this model includes a touchscreen display that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the ultimate music-streaming experience. Second, the Murano has Bluetooth connectivity, so you never have to worry about phone distractions again. These hands-free features allow you to Bluetooth maps, phone calls, text messages, song requests, and much more.
NissanConnect Services allows you to fully experience the 2021 Nissan Murano’s tech-savviness. It includes an Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant connection feature, which allows you to send commands to your Murano through your assistant of choice. Further, you can access remote commands via your NissanConnect app. These include remote start options, horn and light activation, and even temperature settings.
Automatic Collision Notification is a safety and technology hybrid feature on the 2021 Nissan Murano. Upon collision, this feature will automatically notify emergency services. This way, you can rest assured that you’re taken care of no matter what the road throws your way. Finally, you can even set up alerts for specific teen driver-related issues. If your kid has a curfew or a limit on their speed, the Murano will notify you when someone is breaking the rules. Overall, the 2021 Nissan Murano is jam-packed with fun, helpful, and entertaining tech features.