Review: 2013 Nissan Murano Z51 Series 3 TI
Updated March 29, 2014
The 2013 Nissan Murano Z51 doesn’t exactly bring anything revolutionary to the table, but it does have enough tricks up its sleeve to separate itself from predecessors. New features populate the latest version of the mid-size crossover SUV; and if you haven’t noticed by now, it’s more dashing than ever. Below, we discuss these improvements to help you decide if the 2013 Murano is a worthwhile purchase.
One of the most notable changes in the 2013 version of the Nissan Murano is its sleeker, bolder, and more handsome shell. The various elements which encase the exterior—the grille (not everyone will be fond of its styling, though), the headlights, and the front bumper, among others—complement each other in a manner that favors the vehicle’s outer aesthetics. The end result is a youthful and contemporary take on Nissan’s premier crossover. Simply put, it looks good.
Looking inside, one could easily discern that the focus of the 2013 Nissan Murano’s refinements is in the cabin. The Murano has always pegged itself as a luxury SUV (although it’s somewhat affordable compared to that segment of cheicles), thus most of the changes in the interior were done to modernize the aesthetic, and enhance passenger comfort. The smooth feel of the trim within the interior should be enough to satisfy your desire for affluence; just don’t expect it to be on the level of bona fide luxury automobiles, and you won’t be left feeling disappointed. The dashboard is stunning, and the navigation system that’s embedded at its center remains one of the most user-friendly ones out there. In terms of space, the Murano provides a lot in both leg room (36.3 inches) and cargo area (32 cubic-feet).
The 2013 Murano Z51 Series 3 TI practically remains unchanged in this regard. But as they say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The Murano has always excelled in this department due to its use of an excellent 3.5-L V6 engine (which is capable of putting out as much as 260hp) that’s partnered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) system. The pairing’s 1-2 punch powers the Murano’s rather large frame with relative ease. In fact, after seeing the Murano’s effectiveness, other automakers have adopted the utilization of CVT for their own crossovers.
Sandwiched in-between the luxury and the value-for-money vehicle segment, the 2013 Nissan Murano’s worth becomes highly subjective. If you’ve decided to go for it, do check out Nissan Perth for the best deals for this premium crossover SUV. But if you’re looking for something less fancier and more economical, you can shift your attention towards the direction of the bigger and simpler Nissan Pathfinder instead.
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