Tech Spec: 2015 Nissan Murano

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Nissan launched its new, third-generation Murano during the 2014 holiday season, so now in early 2015, you should be seeing a few roll into your bays.

The halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of crossovers and SUVs is now offered in a range of trim levels: S, SV, SL and Platinum. The 2015 Murano is available with a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. Also standard is an advanced Xtronic transmission tuned for quick response and smoothness.

The Xtronic transmission includes D-step Logic Control that simulates shifts, giving a more natural acceleration feeling without holding a high rpm constant. The Xtronic holds the engine at the ideal rpm for the conditions at hand, offering responsive power for passing when needed and quiet, efficient running at cruising speeds or around town.

Fuel economy is projected to increase by approximately 20 percent versus the current generation Nissan Murano, due to the approximate 145-pound overall weight reduction, low rolling resistance tires, active grille shutter and low 0.31Cd, underbody covers that enhance underbody airflow and improvements to the Xtronic transmission.

Like the previous generation, the new Nissan Murano offers responsive handling and a comfortable ride through use of a four-wheel independent suspension featuring a front strut/rear multi-link design. Also standard are four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and power assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Sporty, standard 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/65R18 tires or 20-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels with titanium finish and 235/55R20 tires are available. The 2015 Murano is offered in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Additionally, the Nissan Murano incorporates up to four cameras (front, rear and two side) and three radar sensors (one front, two side) to provide input to a range of available technologies, including blind spot warning, predictive forward collision, forward emergency braking and intelligent cruise control.

It is also available with the class-exclusive Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, which is designed to give an all-around view of the surrounding area from front, rear and side cameras.

The Murano also includes, as standard, the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front air bags with seat belt sensors, an occupant classification sensor, front-seat mounted side-impact supplemental air bags, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with a rollover sensor and a driver supplemental knee air bag.

Inside, the updated, stylish Nissan Murano is equipped with enhanced instrument panel, NissanConnectSM with mobile apps and smartphone integration, Bluetooth capabilities, integrated iPod connectivity and available remote engine start with intelligent climate control from the key fob.

Other interior features include standard Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control, along with available leather-appointed seating and heated steering wheel.

The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $29,560. A top-of-the-line Murano Platinum with 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, a Platinum Technology package, splash guards, floor mats and cargo area protectors will cost a driver just under $43,000.

Servicing the 2015 Nissan Murano

Standard maintenance features 5,000 mile or six month (whichever comes first) service intervals for drivers who primarily operate the vehicle on the highway in temperate conditions. Premium maintenance is a Nissan-recommended optional upgrade that adds services when maintenance is performed. Performing the Premium upgrade services may optimize the performance, durability, reliability and resale value of the Nissan Murano. Additional maintenance items for severe operating conditions should be performed on vehicles that are driven under especially demanding conditions. Additional maintenance items should be performed if the vehicle is primarily operated under the following conditions:

·  Repeated short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures

·  Stop-and-go traffic in hot weather or low-speed driving for long distances

·  Driving in dusty conditions or on rough, muddy or salt-spread roads

·  Towing a trailer or using a camper or car-top camper


Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

·       Replace engine oil and filter

·       Rotate tires

Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or 12 months:

·       Inspect automatic transmission fluid

·       Inspect brake lines and cables

·       Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums and linings

·       Inspect CVT fluid

·       Inspect differential oil

·       Inspect drive shaft boots

·       Inspect manual transmission oil

·       Inspect propeller shaft (4WD/AWD/RWD)

·       Inspect transfer case oil (4WD/AWD)

Every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) or 18 months:

·       Replace in-cabin microfilter

Every 20,000 (32,000 km) or every two years:

·       Replace brake fluid

·       Inspect automatic transmission fluid

·       Inspect axle and suspension parts

·       Inspect exhaust system

·       Inspect front suspension ball joints

·       Inspect fuel lines/connections

·       Inspect fuel tank vapor vent system hoses

·       Inspect steering gear and linkage

·       Inspect steering linkage ball joints

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every three years:

·       Replace engine air filter

Every 40,000 miles (64,000 km) or every four years:

·       Inspect engine drive belts

Every 105,000 miles (168,000) or 126 months:

·       Replace spark plugs


Premium Upgrade adds the following services to Standard Maintenance schedule.

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every three years:

·       Lubricate all locks/hinges

·       Replace automatic transmission/CVT fluid

·       Replace differential oil

·       Replace engine drive belts

·       Replace manual transmission oil (if applicable)

·       Replace radiator cap

·       Replace transfer case oil (4WD/AWD)

·       Replace wiper blades

·       Inspect all lights

·       Inspect headlights, adjust if necessary


Every 5,000 miles (8,000 km) or six months:

·       Inspect axle and suspension parts

·       Inspect brake pads, rotors, drums and linings

·       Inspect drive shaft boots

·       Inspect exhaust system

·       Inspect front suspension ball joints

·       Inspect propeller shaft (4WD/AWD/RWD)

·       Inspect steering gear and linkage

·       Inspect steering linkage ball joints

Every 10,000 miles (16,000 km) or every 12 months:

·       Replace brake fluid

Fluids and Capacities

Engine Oil: API SAE 0W-20; capacity is (with filter change) 5.125 quarts (4.8 L) or 4.75 quarts (4.5 L) (without filter change)

Coolant: Prediluted Genuine Nissan Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant (blue) or equivalent; capacity is 2.25 gallons (8.7 L)

CVT Fluid: Genuine Nissan CVT Fluid NS-3

Brake Fluid: Genuine Nissan Super Heavy Duty Brake Fluid or equivalent DOT 3

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