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2018 Nissan Murano Introduction

The Nissan Murano crossover fits in Nissan’s fleet as bigger than the Pathfinder and smaller than the Armada. Its styling is unique and too bold for comfort, for a lot of people; others love its bulky and swoopy contours. To us it looks a ship lost in space.

For 2018 it gets standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Many competitors are more spirited, including the Lexus RX and Acura MDX. But the Murano is intended to be more comfortable than sporty, and it’s more comfortable than some. The ride is gentle and the cabin quiet, while its handling remains distant from the driver.

The well-proven 3.5-liter V6 engine makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, mated to a CVT that doesn’t feel as soul-sucking as it does in the Pathfinder, but it does suck away some of the engine’s sweet performance.

It’s front-wheel drive, available with all-wheel drive that delivers the same fuel mileage of 21/28/24 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined.

The IIHS gives it a Top Safety Pick+. An optional safety package uses four cameras and three radar sensors see around the vehicle and warn you with alarms of the presence of things it thinks you should be alarmed about. Especially backing up, with park assist and cross-traffic alert. It’s pretty much impossible to ever back up without both alerts going off. There’s always something behind you or beside you when you back up.

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