Since its introduction in the early 2000s, the Nissan Murano has been straddling the gap between premium and non-premium SUVs by sporting a well-appointed interior, standout styling, a refined ride and a feature-rich spec sheet. Great safety ratings and a lavish, comfy interior place the 2018 Nissan Murano's in the center of the competitive midsize SUV class. If you’re inspired by an upscale, value-added ride with a plush cabin, an eye-catching design and standard high-tech features, read on to learn more about the 2018 Murano, so you can decide if this is the right vehicle for your needs.

Nissan has new active safety offerings for the Murano, including forward-collision warning, rear-cross traffic alert as standard features, and blind-spot monitoring and automated emergency braking as standards for the mid-range models. The center console has been redesigned on all Murano trims to increase storage capacity, and Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, and navigation are now standard. The SV also has an integrated HomeLink garage-door opener and an auto-dimming rearview mirror, while the SV Premium package boasts 18-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, a driver attention monitor, and a 360-degree exterior-camera system. The more upscale SL and Platinum trim models both have a powered rear liftgate with kick-open access. The SL offers a heated steering wheel and rear seats, while the Platinum now has a standard panoramic sunroof. For dark-toned exterior accents, add the Midnight Edition package to SL models. 

The base S model comes equipped with cloth upholstery, automated emergency braking, a proximity key with push-button start, in-dash navigation and smartphone connectivity. Additional features include dual-zone automatic climate control for comfort, automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, HD radio, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, smartphone integration, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Springing for the midrange SV adds perks like remote start, fog lamps, power-adjustable front seats, and blind-spot monitoring. Kick up the luxury a notch with the Premium package which adds heated front seats and exterior mirrors, a 360-degree exterior-camera system, adaptive cruise control, an eleven-speaker Bose audio system with two subwoofers and a panoramic sunroof with power sunshade. All-wheel drive is available on any model. 

The Murano sports a 3.5-liter V6, which is powerful enough for cruising the highway or making trips about town, but isn’t the most powerful engine in its class; it can be loud when accelerating quickly or heading up a hill. While it isn’t designed for off-road adventures, its all-wheel-drive system and generous ground clearance make tackling deep snow a breeze. It’s powered with 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque; Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable automatic, with D-Step Logic is standard. It’s hard to find a midsize SUV that is as thrifty and fuel-efficient as the Nissan Murano, which boasts an EPA-estimated 21 city mpg and highway 28 mpg. 

The five-passenger 2018 midsize Murano SUV earns a Good rating in every Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test, and earns five stars in the side crash test and four out of five stars from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in frontal and rollover crash tests, resulting in an overall four-star rating. Some of the standard Murano’s safety features include a rearview camera, automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, while higher trim models offer adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera, driver drowsiness monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring.