The 2015 Nissan Murano proves just how impossible it is for a mid-size SUV to coast in the design department. The all-new Murano has been given a thorough redesign that not only imparts it with a beefy road presence that was completely absent from the model it replaces, but also significantly upgrades the vehicle's interior to near-luxury levels when sampling its top trim levels. Simply put, the Nissan Murano is a shot across the bow at 'boring,' which has for many years been a guiding principle in the production of people movers intended to satisfy everyone and offend absolutely no one (a mission statement that dooms those who adopt it to failure on both levels).
I'm happy to state that the 2015 Nissan Murano is not alone in shrugging off the styling status quo, as models such as the Kia Sorento and the smaller Lexus NX have also turned their backs on anonymity in the last 12 months. That the Murano manages to do so without making any sacrifices in comfort, efficiency, or practicality is impressive, and it remains an affordable choice as long as you can resist paying the higher price point attached to its feature-loaded, range-topping trim level.