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2019 Nissan Murano

Frank Washington | 6/18/2019, 9:53 p.m.
Nissan’s Murano was one of the earliest pure crossovers. It has been around for 16 years. But now in its ...

The dash was textured and the instruments were big and easy to see as well. I noticed that the lettering on everything seemed bigger. I was impressed that the TFT screen between the odometer and speedometer had a compass so that you didn’t have to take your eye that far off the road.

They had a way of masking the controls for the Murano. The heated steering wheel could be engaged by pushing a button that was part of a bank of controls that was part of a panel down and on the left side of steering which, which itself was power tilt and telescope.

I climbed into the back seat and found plenty of space. There was plenty head room, leg room and hip room. Covered with quilted leather, they looked just as plush as the front seats. But they were fixed, meaning they could not be adjusted. I found the seat backs a little too straight. If I had to sit in the rear for any real time I’d be shifting positions to get comfortable as I was doing after a couple of minutes. That was my only complaint about the Murano.

When I looked I thought the cargo space was expansive. With the second row seats up, there was 31.1 cu. ft. of space. With those seats folded that cargo space opened up to 65 cu. ft.

Comfort features included intelligent cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a 10-way power driver’s seat and power front windows with one touch up and down. That brings me to my other gripe. The back power windows were not fully automatic.

There was a motion activated power liftgate, remote engine start, push button start and stop as well as push button lock and unlock, ambient LED interior lighting and a smart all-wheel-drive system.

The connection features were top notch. The Murano had voice recognition, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Nissan Connect, Bluetooth for hands free smartphone use and text messaging, a navigation system and really effective rear privacy glass.

The 2019 Nissan Murano Platinum AWD was a well-equipped crossover and more than worth its $46,420 as tested sticker.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com