The flamboyant, head-turning Nissan Murano is quite the icebreaker. Elegance, style, and luxury-like ambiance—not ruggedness and trail prowess—are the focus of the Murano. It’s not aimed so much at diaper-changing parents and carpool duty, either. Those are the roles of Nissan’s Rogue and Pathfinder, after all. And performance might take second stage to comfort, but to the older, albeit style-conscious empty-nester couples Nissan is targeting more than ever with this Murano, that’s quite alright.
The 2017 Murano mid-size crossover is at once a charming outlier and a carefully designed inside job that, whichever way you see it, breaks out of the crossover mold in meaningful ways.