The five trim levels for the 2023 Murano are S, SV, Midnight Edition, SL, and Platinum. This five-seat crossover has a 3.5-liter V6 engine making 260 hp and 240 lb.-ft. of torque, which forms the powertrain with the latest version of the Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), which Nissan states has been tuned for lower internal friction and 14% wider gear rations for a more natural feel and better fuel economy. On that note, the EPA has officially estimated that all versions of the Murano, regardless of whether they have the standard front-wheel drivetrain or the available all-wheel drive, return 20 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway.
Some of the most premium standard features of the base-level S are proximity keyless entry (Nissan Intelligent Key), LED exterior lights, a 7-inch digital gauge cluster, sleek stainless-steel pedals, and two-zone automatic climate control. It also has rear privacy glass, push-button start, illuminated vanity mirrors, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. For keeping everyone connected and entertained, it has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, and a six-speaker sound system, plus two 12V power outlets and four USB ports (two Type-A and two Type-C). The S has some Nissan Safety Shield 360 driver-assist technologies, too: intelligent forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, intelligent lane intervention, reverse automatic braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and intelligent driver alertness.
The additions to the SV’s equipment roster are remote start, LED fog lights, heated side mirrors with built-in turn-signal indicators, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats that are power-adjustable, simulated-leather upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Front parking sensors and intelligent adaptive cruise control are added to the safety tech suite. With the Midnight Edition upgrade, the SV gets a blacked-out exterior treatment (grille, fascia trim, wheels, and roof rails), trim-specific floor mats, Midnight Edition badges, and illuminated kick plates.
The SL changes aesthetically with silver roof rails and chrome exterior trim. Nissan also gives it a hands-free liftgate, a HomeLink universal garage door opener, ambient interior lighting, position memory for the side mirrors and driver’s seat, authentic leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear outboard seats. This trim also adds integrated navigation, and a Bose audio system with 11 speakers. A surround-view monitor and traffic sign recognition are standard as well; a dual panel panoramic moonroof is optional.
The Platinum represents the peak of luxury in the Murano lineup. It has the panoramic moonroof, a smooth leather-wrapped power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with position memory, semi-aniline leather seats with diamond-quilted stitching, and ventilated front seats.