Facing stiff competition from a wave of smaller, more efficient crossovers like the all-new Ford Escape and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, the 2013 Nissan Murano is playing the value card for the new model year: It’s on sale now with an MSRP of $29,960 that’s unchanged from the 2012 version. Which is a good thing, since even at that price point the Murano is the most expensive mainstream five-seat crossover in America, and it’s really not close. Next on the list would be the new Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, coming in at $24,450, while the Ford Edge—like the Murano, right on the borderline between mainstream and premium—opens with a sticker price of $27,525. And keep in mind, even though the latter vehicles are both a few inches shorter than the 2013 Nissan Murano on the outside, they actually deliver a bit more interior volume—so it’s not like you’re getting more vehicle for your money with the Murano.
On the other hand, you are getting some fairly high-value new packages for it, as detailed below.
Oh, and rest assured, the automaker has confirmed the return of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet for the 2013 model year.