By Ted Orme
It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Well, behold the third-generation 2015 Nissan Murano. Like the design of the first-gen Murano, which debuted in 2003, it is cutting edge bold. With its wild “V-motion” front end, LED boomerang lights, sharply sculpted sides, blacked out D-pillar, and “floating roof,” Nissan describes its new flagship crossover “daring and futuristic” with “concept car-like styling.” Others have called it a Japanese Pontiac Aztec.
Whether this radical design causes your eyes to roll in disgust or light up with delight, it can be granted that the new Murano, which remains virtually unchanged for 2016, it is unquestionably a standout in a segment of basically egg-shaped crossovers.
There is much more agreement on the goodness of Murano's interior design which, to again use the company’s lingo, “offers an engaging social lounge feel.” That’s true. It’s roomy, nicely designed with quality materials and loaded with luxury features and “today’s” technology. The refined instrument panel, infotainment screen and center stack is easy to understand and use – and, praise be to Nissan, retains easy to find knobs for audio and climate controls.