Mid-size SUVs are typically built to prioritize utility, so they aren’t often created to be fun to drive. After all, if you didn’t need a load of space for people and their stuff, you’d have bought a cooler car, right? But the Nissan Murano S V6 has enough power to live up to its surprisingly sleek exterior design.
Safety, reliability, and storage… these are the kinds of things you might be looking for when picking a new mid-size SUV for your family. And the Nissan Murano has all of these, having been a popular choice since its launch twenty years ago. But if you look back at the first-generation Murano, you’ll see that something has changed along the way.
Over the years, the Murano has tried to become… fun. You can see it on the exterior, which has taken on a more sleek styling than the initial stereotypical SUV look. And it’s also evident in the V6 engine, which adds a bit of ‘oomph’ to the morning school run.
To help you decide if this is the car for you, we’ve created a guide to the 2023 Nissan Murano S V6, so here’s everything you need to know!
Nissan Murano S V6
Engine: DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port fuel injection
Horsepower: 260 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 240 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
The first thing you notice about the Nissan Murano S V6 is its striking exterior design—it has a slightly sportier look than many other mid-size SUVs in its class. There’s nothing boxy about this particular SUV, and its interiors are comfortable and even luxurious in some of the more high-end trims. One aspect that’s the same in every trim is the powerful V6 engine.
The Murano comes in five trims—the
SV, Midnight Edition,
SL, and Platinum. It also came with the choice of colors between Scarlet Ember, Gun, Brilliant Silver, Pearl White, Boulder Gray, Deep Ocean Blue, and Super Black.
Other standout features of the Murano S V6 include:
Nissan Safety Shield 360: This brings six Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, monitoring all around the car (hence ‘360’), with automatic emergency braking triggered by pedestrian detection, automatic rear braking, blind spot warnings, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane departure warnings, and high beam assist.
Driver’s Memory System: Fed up with adjusting the seat and mirrors every time you get in the car after someone else has driven it? With the touch of one button on the driver’s door, you can automatically set everything the way you like it.
Intelligent All-Wheel Drive: An optional feature that adapts to changing conditions instantly, helping you get the grip you need for the situation.
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How’s the fuel economy?
The fuel economy on the Murano for both AWD and FWD models is an estimated EPA rating of 20 mpg for city driving and 38 mpg out on the highways. This puts it slightly ahead of most of its rivals, so you shouldn’t need to fill up at the pump quite so often as you might expect for an SUV with a V6 engine.
Which Nissan Murano models have the V6?
The good news is that every 2023 Nissan Murano model has the same V6 engine, which has been standard on the Murano since the third generation was introduced in 2014.
How fast is the Nissan Murano V6?
You might think that a V6 engine would automatically turn your car into a speed machine, but with a 0 to 60 time of 7.3 seconds, you won’t be leaving other cars in your dust at traffic lights in the Murano.
Let’s take a look at the 0-to-60 times for the sportiest incarnations of a few other mid-size SUVs:
Key Takeaway The V6 engine gives the Nissan Murano S some definite power, but when it comes to getting to 60mph quickly, there are others in its class that outperform it.
Which is better: Murano Platinum or S?
Of the various trims available for the Nissan Murano, the engine is one factor you don’t need to consider as it comes with them all. They all also have the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive as standard with an option for all-wheel drive.
So what are the main differences? Mostly it’s down to the finer details. The base S trim has cloth upholstery, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, four USB ports, Bluetooth, automatic dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start.
But if you were to upgrade to the top-of-the-range Platinum version (which starts at $45,210) you’d get luxury additions like a dual-pane panoramic sunroof, semi-aniline leather upholstery with diamond-quilted inserts, ventilated front seats, and a power-adjustable steering wheel. It also has an 11-speaker Bose audio system, hands-free power liftgate, and additional driver assistance features.
Which one is right for you certainly depends on your budget—but the difference will mainly rely on how fancy you want your Murano to be inside, because its actual performance will be the same, regardless of the trim.
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