• (4.6) 41 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,039$20,407
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Engine: 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2012 Nissan Murano

Our Take on the 2012 Nissan Murano

The Murano competes in price and size with the Ford Edge, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. It seats five and is offered in four trim levels: S, SV, SL and LE. All four come with front- or all-wheel drive.A Platinum Package includes 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and a navigation system. The bas... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Mileage now trails competition
  • Slight accelerator hesitation
  • Sloppy gear selector feel
  • No Bluetooth on S trim level
  • Marginal roof-strength rating
  • Lacks high-tech safety options

Notable Features

  • Five-seat crossover
  • Dual-panel moonroof
  • Backup camera standard except on S trim level
  • Power liftgate optional
  • 20-inch alloy wheels optional

2012 Nissan Murano Reviews

Cars.com Expert Reviews

The 2012 Nissan Murano remains a comfortable five-seat crossover with a higher-quality interior than you'd expect from a non-luxury brand, but shoppers should watch that gas mileage. Now three years into its second generation, the Murano is showing its age — not in the driving experience or its interior quality, but in efficiency. This stands out because the Murano was once one of th... Read full review for the 2012 Nissan Murano

Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 41 reviews

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Very Happy Murano customer

by Mongrel 1 from Illinois on March 24, 2012

My wife and I just bought our 4th Murano. Our first (2003) had just under 60,000 miles when traded, had nothing done to it except a safety recall (alternator replacement). Our second (2007) Murano was... Read Full Review

8 Trim Levels Available

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2012 Nissan Murano Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Murano LE

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
M
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Nissan Murano LE

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
G
Overall Rear
G
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
A
Left Leg/Foot
G
Overall Front
G
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
G

Other

Roof Strength
M

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
A
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Murano LE

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Nissan Murano LE

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Front Seat
Rear Seat
Side Barrier
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs.

Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/60,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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