Once the most popular choice of mid-sized, two-row car, the 2022 Nissan Murano is now slipping by based on its looks alone. The smooth ride and quiet cabin may make it a favourite among drivers looking for comfort, but most people will be disappointed by its slow driving dynamics. Along with that, the new model only comes with one type of engine: a 3.5-litre V-6 which is plenty powerful, to be fair. It’s coupled to a continuously variable auto transmission (CVT), which reduces the enjoyment of the drive. And as far as reviews go, unfortunately, the mid-size SUV market offers more utility and value in rivals like the Honda Passport or the Hyundai Santa F compared to the Nissan Murano.
What’s New For The 2022 Nissan Murano?
As far as updates go, there are not many changes to the Murano for 2022. However, a Midnight Edition package, which includes black exterior accents and 20-inch black wheels, as well as illuminated door sill protectors, is now available. Apart from that, the only other change is that the midrange SV trim gets heated front seats with faux leather upholstery.
Under The Hood Performance
All Murano models have a 3.5-litre V-6 engine that can produce 260 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard on all Murano models, however, the front-wheel-drive is available for any trim, if desired. Either way, both setups use a CVT. The CVT cranks up the engine revs and then holds them there for a loud, droning sound under the hood. This is something that few Murano buyers will ever do. Long-distance road trips are where the Murano shines.
The powertrain fades to the background, allowing for a quiet ride. The Murano’s suspension is tuned to comfort and makes it easy to drive on paved roads. It also dampens any bumps in the road, making for a smooth ride. But while the Murano will take you safely to the next intersection if you encounter twisty roads, it won’t entertain you along the way. Likewise, although the steering is excellent on highways, it can be a bit clunky and ineffective on two-lane roads. The Murano has a 1500 pound tow rating.
According to the EPA, the Murano will get 20 mpg in cities and 28 mpg on highways. All-wheel-drive does not affect either rating in the slightest. And Murano’s highway fuel economy is estimated to be around 27 mpg in real-world test conditions.
Apart from its rather lacklustre performance, the Nissan Murano’s interior is one of the most luxurious and well-designed in this category. The Platinum tester had soft leather seats, armrests, and door panels, as well as a wide dashboard with a band of dark teak wood trim. The chairs are well cushioned and both front-seat passengers should find sitting on the seats comfortable. Rear-seat passengers also have access to a comfortable bench seat that reclines and has plenty of padding.
Cargo-wise, the Murano’s cargo area is a little smaller than average for its class and is able to fit around nine carry-on suitcases in it. However, once you fold the rear seats, the cargo space of the Murano opens up quite a bit — being able to fit 26 bags inside the cabin. The interior storage cubby bins are adequate in size except for the Murano’s glovebox which is fairly large.
All Murano models come with an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen display that runs the NissanConnect infotainment system. Navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto are also available, as well as SiriusXM with Travel Link weather updates and traffic updates. The Murano features both USB-A as well as USB-C ports. And there are also two pairs on the back console for those who sit in the rear to charge their phones.
Nissan offers standardised driver assistance technology across all models. Some of these key safety features include:
- Automated emergency braking and standard forward-collision warning
- Rear cross-traffic alert and standard blind-spot monitoring
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assistance