Review: 2015 Nissan Murano SL Offers Great Mix of Features vs. Other Grades

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The 2015 Nissan Murano comes in many different grade levels with the SL trim offering a great mix of features found in other grades. With its great selection of features, the SL-trimmed Murano is the right choice for most consumers.

IMG_9303_1000As documented on this site on many different reviews, the 2015 Nissan Murano is a winner. With its new styling, improved powertrain and healthy dose of features, Nissan has really raised the bar on the SUV. The only challenge now is determining which trim level is right for you.

For the 2015 model, the Murano comes in the base S, SV, SL and Platinum trim levels. These grades are differentiated by features and price (between $3-4k on average between them).

While the base S model will likely lead sales with its lower starting price point of $29,560, the SL trim of $36,950 offers a slew of features to take a closer look at.

IMG_9316_1000Specifically, on the inside, the SL features a variety of interior upgrades like leather upholstery, heated front seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient interior lighting, power liftgate and a Bose audio system. During our week of testing the SL, we found the seats to be the best in the marketplace and especially finished with the leather upholstery. If you were unaware, Nissan has what’s known as Zero Gravity seats which are remarkable by themselves. Adding in leather and a heated seat makes them even more desirable. The ambient lighting, power liftgate and auto-dimming rearview mirror also give the Murano more of a luxury feel. In fact, the Murano is good enough on the inside to challenge luxury model SUVs like its own cousin – the Infiniti QX60.

On the outside, it features heated outside mirrors – a handy feature for cold-weather states.

IMG_9321_1000Finally, additional safety features like blind spot warning and rear cross-traffic alerts come standard. These safety features saved me a few embarrassing dents a time or too and are especially handy in certain driving situations. For example, when backing out of a shopping center, the rear cross-traffic alert signals when traffic is crossing behind you. This is especially helpful if say you can’t see due to having large vehicles flanking both sides of you.

IMG_9325_1000Stepping up to the Platinum adds a variety of nice features like a power tilt-and-telescoping heated steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, cooled front sets, heated and power return rear seats. None of these features are necessary and I didn’t ever wish the steering wheel would have power tilt and telescoping.

Going the opposite direction, down to a SV, you lose the safety features, Bose audio (it is an option) and heated seats.

IMG_9244_1000While the differences between grade levels can be signifcant, all of them come with the sharp new styling, vastly improved performance and roomy interior of the new 2015 Nissan Murano.

Model: 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD

Engine: 3.5L V6

Transmission: Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission)

Fuel Economy: 21/28/24 city/highway/combined MPG


  • Technology Package (power panoramic moonroof, intelligent cruise control, predictive forward collision warning, forward emergency braking) – $2,260
  • Floor mats and cargo area protector – $210

Price As Tested: $41,905 with $885 destination charge


  • Powertrain
  • Seats
  • Styling


  • Infotainment setup


Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl

Hailing from Western Nebraska, Tim has covered the automotive industry for many years. He has written for a variety of outlets including Truck Trend,, and others. He is a married father of three and an avid golfer.