It is hard for the two-row mid-size SUVs to compete with models that offer seven seats. However, the agility and the fuel economy is what makes these models a better solution. The 2021 Nissan Murano is going to introduce the facelift changes that will make it much more interesting, especially with the growing competition.
We expect more from this SUV. It will be new, and we hope to see more drivetrain options. The V6 is reliable and performs great. But, the versatility is improving the chances of the 2021 Nissan Murano in a battle against other models. The hybrid powerplant is definitely a priority, although some fuel savings could be made with a turbo-four unit, without harming the total outputs and power range.
The new model will bring an updated price. We still don’t know the level of changes on the 2021 Murano. The redesign is certain, while the new generation is not going to arrive in the next few years.
2021 Nissan Murano Facelift
The vehicle is still attractive. Well, Nissan is well-known for its futuristic visions, and the large V-Motion grille stands out upfront. However, the new Murano is going to be changed. There are few new platforms available for different versions of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. The mid-size SUV will definitely pick up a couple of features from all of them.
Pros and Cons
The two-row layout provides extra space for the passengers in the rear row. Not only that legroom gets a boost, but also the headroom. This is a big advantage for longer trips. Of course, the design is one of the reasons why people are going to pick the 2021 Nissan Murano over the competition. Optional upgrades are numerous, but we recommend the premium audio system. Bose is going to deliver enhanced sound. Safety is also at the highest level thanks to the Shield 360 system. Emergency brakes, blind-spot monitor, pedestrian and traffic sign recognition are parts of this advanced package.
Well, Murano is not perfect and 2021 MY needs to improve a couple of things. Cargo space is not so generous as we expect from a two-row SUV. The new model will have to make it more than 31 cubic feet. The safety features are superb, but we must say the visibility is not great. The greatest lack of the SUV is towing capacity. Many smaller models can do better than 1,500 pounds, and Murano is loaded with a V6 engine. For the Pathfinder, the same powerplant does 6,000 lbs.
2021 Nissan Murano Specs
So, we are coming to the engine and its specifications. The V6 is a durable unit with 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. It is downpowered compared to the larger Pathfinder. Still, the engine doesn’t achieve exceptional fuel economy numbers. With 23 mpg combined, it is on the average rating for this class. For example, Ford Edge with a turbo-four unit returns only 1 mpg better.
As said, the towing capacity is a stumbling block for most buyers. Front-wheel drive is standard. However, we recommend a $1,600 upgrade – Intelligent AWD. Both versions will return 20/28 mpg, while the all-wheel drive provides better traction and stability. We can hear rumors that the company could replace the CVT gearbox. Still, this needs confirmation.
More Options on the Way
Definitely, the 2021 Nissan Murano needs to offer more drivetrains if it wants to stay competitive. All of its rivals usually add a turbo-four unit. On the other hand, the entire industry is being electrified. Nissan has big plans for the future. Most of the models for 2020 are unchanged, both for premium Infiniti and non-premium Nissan lineup. According to the inside stories, the 2021 season is going to bring a lot of fun. Many hybrid units are about to make a debut. Well, the company didn’t make it clear which models are getting new drivetrains, but Murano is one of the favorites.
Trim Levels and Prices
The base version of the 2021 Nissan Murano will be again the S model. The price will get a bump after the redesign. The new tag will stand above $32,000. As said, the all-wheel drive costs $1,600. SV trim level is $3,500 upgrade with more intelligent features and 19-inch wheels. Soon, Nissan could launch the Level 4 autonomous drive. Well, it is not so likely for the 2021 season.
By climbing the trim levels, we can reach premium versions of the mid-size SUV. The SL package includes 20-inch wheels, leather seats, traffic sign recognition, and a price tag of at least $40,000. The top of the class model remains the Murano Platinum with unique upgrades. Panoramic moonroof, heated and ventilated front buckets, special inserts, and stitches in first row seats. The cost of the Platinum package will be just under $50,000 with an all-wheel drive.
We expect news about new drivetrains and special versions, such as Platinum Reserve, Pro-4X off-road, or Black Edition.