Nissan Murano named "Best Midsize SUV of 2016" by Cars.com and MotorWeek

Oct 4, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After putting five leading midsize sport utility vehicles through a demanding testing process, Cars.com and MotorWeek have selected the 2016 Nissan Murano as the "Best Midsize SUV of 2016." The award follows the naming of the Nissan TITAN XD and Nissan Rogue last January as Cars.com's "Best Pickup Truck of 2016" and "Family Car of the Year" respectively.


"The Murano is the closest option to a luxury SUV in this group, with a level of cabin materials and styling flair that's largely missing among the others," said Cars.com Editor-in-Chief Patrick Olsen. "The Murano's high points extend beyond its quality interior. The SUV is packed with technology and family-friendly features, and thanks to its V-6 power, the Murano is a blast to drive." 


The contenders selected for the "Midsize SUV Challenge," in addition to Murano, were the 2016 Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Kia Sorento and the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Testing combined editors' evaluations on a set course, documentation of real world fuel economy and testing by an in-market family. Detailed test results are available atcars.com/news.


"Murano has become a favorite of awards juries and consumers alike since the introduction of the totally redesigned third-generation Murano for the 2015 model year," said Dan Mohnke, vice president, Nissan Chief Marketing Manager & Marketing Operations. "The Cars.com award is another great honor, adding to the 2015-2016 Murano crossover's streak of winning more awards over the last two years than any other SUV in its class1." Sales of Murano are up 35 percent this year to date.


The 2016 Murano carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. Inside, the Murano offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced Zero Gravity seating, and through the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.


"SUVs are the family vehicle of choice in 2016, and the midsize category is one of the most popular with shoppers. This class of vehicles remains incredibly competitive, so we want to give shoppers a clear understanding of the best, worst and each option's value proposition," added Olsen.


About the 2016 Nissan Murano


The halo vehicle for Nissan's wide range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the 2016 Murano expresses Nissan's advanced design direction – including its V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights and the unique "floating" roof.


The stunning exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined instrument panel, low center console, advanced Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and through the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.


Available technology features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, Around View® Monitor, 8-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio and Travel Link® (SiriusXM® subscription required, sold separately), Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, iPod® interface, 11-speaker Bose® (including dual subwoofers) premium audio system, and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.


Responsive driving is provided by a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive. Fuel economy increased around 20 percent from the previous generation Murano, thanks in part to reduced weight (approximately 145 pounds), low rolling resistance tires, active grille shutter, low 0.31 Cd, underbody covers that enhance underbody airflow and improvements to the Xtronic transmission.


Available technologies include Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA)2. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)3 system utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle behind the Murano approaching from either side.


The 2016 Murano is offered in four trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum – and in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.


For more information on the 2016 Nissan Murano, including photography, please visit www.NissanNews.com.


About Nissan North America 

In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com andInfinitiNews.com.


About Nissan Motor Co. 

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.


About Cars.com

Launched in 1998, Cars.com is an award-recognized online destination for car shoppers and owners that offers information from experts and consumers to help research, price and find new and used cars, as well as information around service and repair for car owners. With more than 30 million monthly visits to its web properties, Cars.com offers millions of new and used vehicle listings, expert and consumer reviews, side-by-side comparison, build and price tools, unbiased editorial content and much more. In 2015, Cars.com introduced a new service and repair feature to help consumers find the right service provider and understand how much to pay with the fair-price estimator tool. Cars.computs millions of car buyers, and now owners, in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make stress-free buying, selling and servicing decisions.

 

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1 Claim based on Total 3rd party automotive awards received by MY15 and MY16 Murano combined vs. combined MY15 and MY16 competitors in the Ward's Middle Cross/Utility Vehicle Segment. 
2 It is the driver's responsibility to remain alert at all times. DAA is only a warning to inform the driver of a potential lack of driver attention or drowsiness. It does not detect and provide an alert in every situation. See Owner's Manual for details.
3 Not a substitute for proper backing procedures. May not detect all moving vehicles. Speed and other limitations apply. See owner's manual for details.

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