The past year or so has seen the Nissan brand take a noticeably more aggressive approach to value pricing, and that strategy will continue with the 2014 Nissan Murano. MSRPs for the relatively upscale five-seat crossover will begin at $28,440, a starting point that is unchanged from the 2013 model year. True, the 2014 Nissan Murano is itself unchanged from the 2013 model year—except for the addition of a new graphite interior design scheme—but it does come standard with premium cues like:
- Dual-zone automatic temperature control
- 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels
- LED taillights
- Electroluminescent gauges
- Nissan’s Intelligent Key system with push-button start
- Power locks/doors/exterior mirrors
- Ambient interior lighting and a “welcome lighting” system
- A dual-level center console
- Premium audio, courtesy of a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/AUX sound system
Motivation comes solely from a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 260 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, with one of Nissan’s signature CVTs handling the transmission duties. Together, the powertrain delivers EPA marks of 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 mpg combined. When the 2014 Nissan Murano is configured with its available all-wheel-drive system, the price of admission rises to $30,230, although the EPA line still reaches 18/23/20.
Now, for folks used to shopping the compact mainstream crossovers, those MSRPs still may seem a bit steep, but it’s important to remember that the 2014 Nissan Rogue is a bit bigger than rivals like the Ford Escape or Toyota RAV4, and that pair, along with all other comparable mainstreamers, starts with four-cylinder engines—and in many cases the Murano’s rivals don’t offer premium engine choices at all.
Also offering all the typical safety and tech upgrades, the 2014 Nissan Murano is at dealerships now.