Having been launched in 2014, the third-gen Murano got a mid-life cycle update in late 2018, with both visual and technical enhancements, although there’s more of the former than the latter.
The curvaceous bodywork is practically the same, albeit with a few changes on the front and rear. The more pronounced grille flanked by the revised LED headlamps should be enough to signal bystanders that this is the revamped version. New wheels are also on offer, alongside three new exterior colors.
Inside, there’s new leather and trim updates along with an improved navigation system and two USB Type-C ports, one at front and one at the rear, but elsewhere, the Murano is pretty much the same comfort-focused SUV as it ever was.
Strangely, you cannot have the company’s ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving tech, which is already available on other, cheaper Nissans. Instead, customers only get an adaptive cruise control, as well as the Safety Shield 360 suite of driver assistance systems that includes automatic emergency braking front and rear, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and others.
The 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet (325 Nm) of torque, 3.5-liter V6 has been carried over, and it’s hooked up to a CVT (which, according to the following review, is actually pretty smooth) and, optionally, all-wheel drive.
So, all things considered, would it be wise to spend at least $31,370 on the entry-level model, or a minimum of $43,630 on the range-topping Platinum that’s been tested here? If you already had a thing for the Murano, then yes; if not, the facelifted iteration won’t win you over, either…