The current generation of Nissan’s two-row mid-size crossover has been around since 2015 and despite it feels a little bit outdated in some aspects, it looks like the Japanese manufacturer isn’t rushing with changes. Rumors about the redesign have been circulating around for a while but the latest reports suggest that the 2023 Nissan Murano will be a typical carryover model and that the complete overhaul won’t happen for some more time.
Therefore, you may count on a familiar design, with familiar design and features. This SUV offers a comfortable ride and decent engine power. Furthermore, we also like its pretty long list of standard and available safety features. On the other hand, there are some quite obvious drawbacks, such as an outdated cabin design, small cargo area, uninspiring ride quality and transmission, etc.
Since there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Nissan Murano will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Nissan Murano Design
Considering that the 2023 Nissan Murano will be a carryover model, we know what to expect. This SUV has been around since 2015 and it rides on the company’s well-familiar D platform. That means that we are talking about an FWD layout, with the optional AWD system. The handling is on the soft side, which means a smooth and comfortable ride. On the other hand, the level of athleticism isn’t spectacular which, combined with unprecise steering, makes the overall driving experience not particularly engaging.
When it comes to aesthetics, not many things have changed since the initial launch. Therefore, we expect that the 2023 Nissan Murano will also continue with the same styling, which is based on the company’s previous-generation design language. Still, the vehicle is decently attractive, though we would mind to see things like new color options, a new appearance package etc.
This aspect definitely won’t bring any notable change. We are about to see the same cabin design, which may look a little bit dated but which still features decent overall quality. The materials are nice, while the fit and finish are at high level as well.
The front row is very spacious in terms of leg- and headroom and accommodates adults with ease. Moreover, Nissan traditionally offers some of the best seats in the class, with a high level of comfort and good side support. The visibility is good in most directions, though it’s a little bit limited on the rear end, due to the sloping roof design.
The second row is as spacious and accommodates taller passengers with ease. When it comes to the cargo area, you may count on about 32.1 cubic feet of space behind the back seats and a total of 67 cubic feet behind the front row, which is below average for the segment.
We don’t believe that the 2023 Nissan Murano could bring any notable change in this aspect. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, a six-speaker stereo, four USB ports, Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and dual-zone automatic climate control. The list of options should include goodies like remote start, panoramic sunroof, navigation and an 11-speaker Bose sound system.
When it comes to safety and driver-assistance features, all models should come standard with goodies like a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, driver attention monitor etc. Thins like road-sign recognition, front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and surround-view camera should be offered as options.
2023 Nissan Murano Engine
This aspect definitely won’t bring any bigger changes. We are about to see a familiar setup, which includes a 3.5-liter V6. In this case, the engine puts out around 260 horsepower, which is more than enough to move this SUV with ease. Driving dynamics are good, while the ride is smooth. However, we don’t like the fact that the engine comes in pair with a CVT. It is guilty for slow throttle response, while the engine can be pretty loud at higher speeds.
On the other hand, the benefit of the CVT comes in the form of good fuel economy. It goes around 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for a mid-size SUV. On the other hand of CVT is very limited max towing capacity, which goes just around 1500 pounds.
2023 Nissan Murano Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Nissan Murano will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 34.000 dollars. The competition isn’t numerous but it’s pretty tough. Some of the key competitors are models like Honda Passport, Ford Edge, Chevy Blazer etc.