2019 Nissan Murano
Nissan’s midsized crossover, the Murano, is making a name for itself within this booming segment. With comfortable seating, standard active safety technology, and plush amenities available, you’d be hard-pressed to find a similar vehicle with similar affordability and the same enticing features. For 2019, the trim levels consist of the base S, SV, SL, and top-tier Platinum. Each of these will be equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine (260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque), which is mated to a continuously variable transmission for optimal fuel efficiency (up to 28 mpg highway). Front-wheel drive comes standard, but all-wheel drive is available.
Comfort and Convenience
Standard equipment on the base S includes keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Upgrading to the SV will add roof rails, remote engine start, power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. There is an optional Premium package for this trim, too, which consists of a panoramic sunroof as well as heated front seats and mirrors. Following the S is the SL, which comes standard with the features available from the Premium package, except for the sunroof. It also comes complete with a hands-free liftgate, driver’s seat memory functions, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel (to get the panoramic sunroof, you can upgrade to the SL Technology package). Hitting the peak of luxury is the Platinum, which comes with everything included in the SL, plus a power-adjustable steering wheel with memory settings, quilted leather seating, ventilated front seats, and power-folding rear seats.
With the S, you’ll get standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The SV adds standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, but if you upgrade to the Premium package mentioned above you’ll receive parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, and a 360-degree parking assist camera system. On the SL, you get these premium safety features as standard, although you will need to upgrade to the SL Technology package to get more advanced driver aids such as high-beam assist, traffic sign recognition, forward pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with lane keeping assist, and rear automatic braking. As expected, the Platinum trim is loaded with Nissan’s driver-assist technologies.
Impressive modern technology is available across every trim, but it only gets better the higher you go. For example, the S comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Bluetooth hands-free capability, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, four USB ports, and a six-speaker audio system complete with satellite radio. The SV gets all of this as well, although the Premium package upgrades to include a high-end eleven-speaker Bose stereo system. The SL provides standard navigation on top of everything from the SV, including the features from the Premium package. Rounding out the list is the range-topping Platinum, which comes loaded with everything from the previous trims and adds NissanConnect communications for integrated audio, navigation, and communication systems that connect to your smartphone and can be displayed on the dashboard monitor.