2021 Nissan Murano: A Trim Comparison
The 2021 Nissan Murano proves itself as a spectacular family vehicle offering a splendid ride, high-tech features, a roomy interior and a fantastic safety score for its class – a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Drivers will be equally impressed with its fuel economy and new features for the 2021 model year.
Choosing a Nissan Murano
The 2021 Nissan Murano is available in four different trims with great features starting with just the base trim. Which model is right for you? Let’s take a closer look at each one and find out!
However, before we begin, it should be noted that all Nissan Murano trims come with the same engine. A 3.5-liter V6 engine generates 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive comes standard but all-wheel-drive is also available as well. Paired with the V6 engine is a CVT transmission. As for fuel economy, you can expect a rating of 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. With that said, the biggest differences have to do with what’s in the cabin.
The 2021 Nissan Murano S is the base trim with an MSRP of $32,510. Its standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker audio and automatic climate control. Other features offered standard in this trim are Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, four USB ports and satellite radio. For comfort and convenience, there’s adjustable front seats, cloth upholstery, push-button start and remote keyless entry.
The Murano isn’t just safe because of its great safety scores. It also has a suite of safety features that come standard. The rearview camera, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, driver drowsiness monitoring, and front and rear collision warning are all included. On top of that, lane keep assist and lane departure warning ensure you stay on track, even when visibility may be low. Automated features like automatic emergency braking and automatic high beams are there to assist drivers whenever needed.
Starting at $35,640, you can get a few more features in addition to what’s included in the S trim. But whether this additional $3K is actually worth it really depends on the driver. Most notably, the vehicle offers adaptive cruise control, but if you don’t use cruise control often, it won’t justify the added cost.
However, if you are one to adjust your seat often to get comfortable, you will want the power-adjustable front seats, which in case the $3K might be worth it. Fog lights and remote start are included as well.
The SL trim starts at $40,010. If you were intrigued enough by the power-adjustable seats in the SV trim, you might as well upgrade to the SL, because it offers features like that and more. With the SL, you’ll get leather seats, heated front and rear seats, and a heated steering wheel. Furthermore, you get an upgraded 11-speaker audio system and navigation system. And did we mentioned that the tailgate is hand-free?
For drivers that struggle with parking, the SL is a godsend. It comes with both front and rear parking sensors, as well as a surround-view parking camera. Another standard safety feature, not in lower-level trims, is road sign recognition.
This one really isn’t worth the price unless having a panoramic moonroof is just the most important thing to you. For $44,060, you get everything in the SL trim along with a moonroof and ventilated front seats. But that’s about it.