Feb. 9, 2016 Nissan Murano named one of U.S. News & World Report’s “2016 Best Cars for the Money”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second year in a row, the Nissan Murano has been named to U.S. News & World Report‘s listing of “Best Cars for the Money.” Murano was honored as “Best 2-Row SUV,” one of 23 categories. The awards will be given out later this week during the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
In choosing the 2016 Murano, the editors stated: “The Nissan Murano’s interior is so upscale, that the fact that it’s a value leader in its class may surprise some people. The passenger cabin wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury SUV, the seats are ridiculously comfortable, and all of the tech features are user-friendly. When you take all of those strengths together, however, it’s not hard to see why the Murano is a winner for both buyers and their budgets.”
The U.S. News & World Report rankings compare cars on the basis of safety, reliability and a consensus of industry experts’ opinions, along with value – which is measured by a combination of a vehicle’s five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published.
“The new Murano has been on an incredible winning streak since we launched the completely redesigned third-generation for 2015,” said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. “Along with stellar reviews, sales have increased 33 percent in 2015 and another 46 percent already in January 2016.”
About the 2016 Nissan Murano
As the halo vehicle for Nissan’s wide range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the 2016 Murano expresses Nissan’s advanced design direction – including its V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights and the unique “floating” roof.
The stunning exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined instrument panel, low center console, advanced Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.
Available technology features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, Around View® Monitor, 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and Travel Link® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, iPod® interface, 11-speaker Bose® (including dual subwoofers) premium audio system, and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.
Responsive driving is provided by a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive. Fuel economy increased around 20 percent from the previous generation Murano, thanks in part to reduced weight (approximately 145 pounds), low rolling resistance tires, active grille shutter, low 0.31 Cd, underbody covers that enhance underbody airflow and improvements to the Xtronic transmission
Available technologies include Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA)*. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle behind the Murano approaching from either side.
The 2016 Murano is offered in four trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum – and in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. A number of option packages are offered for the well-equipped Murano: Technology Package (SL, Platinum), Navigation Package (S) and Premium Package (SV), along with premium paint and unique 18-inch and 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheel packages.