2020 Nissan Murano
As Nissan’s five-passenger crossover, the 2020 Murano doesn’t resemble most utility of the vehicles on the market. It has a coupe-inspired shape and plunging angles that let it stand out among the pack. The overall design didn’t come about merely for aesthetics, though; it’s also about the aerodynamics that allow it to achieve good fuel economy (23 mpg combined city/highway). Plus, its V6 engine, which is mated to an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), is responsive and robust. Improvements made to this latest edition include the standardization of many advanced safety features through Nissan Safety Shield 360 for the higher trims, which are now also available for the base trim.
Trims & Powertrain
Nissan has four trim levels for the stylish and well-equipped ’20 Murano: the S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The powertrain across the lineup is a 3.5-liter V6 engine (260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque) with an Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.
Comfort and Convenience
The base-level S has LED headlights, power side mirrors with built-in turn signal indicators, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, and 60/40-split fold-down rear seatbacks. The SV provides black roof rails, heated side mirrors, remote engine start with intelligent climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering-wheel and shifter. Some optional features can be added to this trim: LED fog lights and taillights, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, and simulated-leather upholstery.
These optional features, except for the sunroof, come standard on the SL, along with silver roof rails, a motion-activated liftgate, customizable ambient interior lighting, heated rear seats, memory functions for the driver’s seat and side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, and genuine leather upholstery. The top-of-the-line Platinum trim gets the sunroof as standard, along with a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, heated and cooled front seats, semi-aniline leather-appointed seats with diamond-quilted inserts, and a steering wheel with memory functions and a smooth leather wrapping.
Safety & Technology
The base S is decked out with active safety features that include intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and a driver alertness monitor. Among the optional technologies for this trim are automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, a rear sonar system, and high beam assist. Each of these is standard on the SV, which also receives intelligent cruise control. An intelligent around-view monitor and a front and rear sonar system can be added to the SV as options, but they both come standard on the SL and Platinum. This driver-assist equipment is a big part of the reason that the 2020 Murano was awarded five stars by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Both the S and SV come with a generous selection of connectivity features, such as an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition for navigation, audio, and Siri, Bluetooth hands-free, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports (one in the front and one in the rear), and satellite radio. The SL and Platinum are enhanced with a premium 11-speaker Bose audio system and HD radio.