Like most of the models in Nissan’s lineup, this mid-size crossover is also pretty old. It has been around since the last quarter of 2014 but if we consider that many counterparts are even older, it seems obvious that Murano will have to wait for its turn to get a complete overhaul. This clearly indicates that the upcoming 2021 Nissan Murano won’t feature too many changes. The overall design is expected to remain the same, while the biggest revisions would be those in terms of standard equipment.
That means you may count on a familiar layout, this brings this model much closer to crossovers that to the world of classic SUVs. It features a stylish cabin, full of standard equipment and impressive seats, along with great ride quality. On the other side, most rivals can tow more, while cargo capacity is below-average for the class.
We expect to see 2021 Nissan Murano sometime late in the year.
2021 Nissan Murano Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, base design characteristics probably won’t change. The 2021 Nissan Murano will continue to ride on a good-old D platform, which brings is known for a pretty generous approach in terms of the interior space and overall comfort. On the other side, handling and precision definitely aren’t the strong point of this crossover.
In terms of the styling, the 2021 Nissan Murano will stick to the company’s familiar design language. Still, we can’t say this is the latest iteration of the famous V-motion grille. One the other side, the overall shape is very attractive, especially the rear end. However, such an aesthetical point has one weak point, poor rearward visibility. When it comes to other direction, things are pretty good.
All in all, the best we can see for the next year are new color options. Other than that, things are expected to remain the same.
This is definitely one of the strongest points of the current-generation Murano. Despite the age, the current dashboard looks very attractive and pretty fresh. So, we don’t expect any particular change for the next year. Besides great aesthetics, the dashboard, as well as the rest of the cabin, is full of hi-quality materials. Soft-touch surfaces are all around the cabin, while the long list of tech goodies makes it look even more opulent.
Both rows of seats are generous in space and offer a high level of comfort. This particularly refers to the front seats, which are some of the bests in the class. The second row is also very comfortable, which plenty of space to accommodate adult passengers.
The cargo volume is more than decent, despite that many rivals offer more space. With this crossover, you may count on about 32 cubic feet behind the third row, while the overall cargo volume goes up to 67 cubic feet.
This is the aspect where we could see some revisions. However, we don’t believe in significant changes, so most of the things should remain pretty much the same. Currently, the list of standard equipment on base models include things like an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, voice recognition, six speakers, Bluetooth, and four USB ports. In higher trims, you can get a couple of additional goodies, such as navigation, HD radio, 11-speaker premium Bose audio system etc.
When it comes to safety, the list of standard features currently includes systems like a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and driver drowsiness monitoring. This pretty decent list can be expanded with optional features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a surround-view parking camera system, automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning, rear automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection and more.
2021 Nissan Murano Engine
This aspect definitely won’t bring changes. We have no doubt that the 2021 Nissan Murano will carry on with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 engine. For this occasion, it delivers around 260 horsepower, which is more than enough to satisfy most drivers. Also, the engine comes with one of the best CVT gearboxes in the business, so the overall driving experience is pretty good.
This crossover offers pretty nice driving characteristics, but the fuel economy is where this powertrain really shines. You may count on about 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are some of the best numbers in the class.
On the other side, things aren’t that great in terms of utility, as the max towing capacity goes up to 1500 pounds.
2021 Nissan Murano Release Date and Price
As bigger changes are not in the sight, the 2021 Nissan Murano should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, the base model currently goes around 31.500 dollars and we don’t expect bigger changes in the future. Key competitors are models like Honda Passport, Ford Edge, Hyundai Santa Fe etc.