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The Defiant 2015 Nissan Murano Is Here!

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On: Sat, May 3, 2014 at 9:00AM | By: Teddy Field

The Defiant 2015 Nissan Murano Is Here!

When the Nissan Murano was introduced in 2003, it single-handedly turned ordinary moms into supermodels. Up to this point, most Sport Utility Vehicles still looked and drove like trucks. But the Murano had style, class, and it actually drove like a car. Fast forward to 2014, and the Belle of the Burbs seems to have gone on a buffet binge with Oprah. So after fat camp, rehab, and a Tony Robbins seminar, the 2015 Nissan Murano is finally ready to reclaim its title as the HBIC of Suburbia. Let's see if Stella found her groove...

Part of the original Murano's appeal was its looks: curvy, sophisticated, elegant—three words that do NOT describe the topless Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. The 2015 Nissan Murano was inspired by the Nissan Resonance concept, shown at last year's Detroit Auto Show. It has a 'floating roof', huge LED boomerang headlights, and a very curvacious body, just like the concept. The exterior design theme is really a love-it or leave-it affair. But I personally love it. This new Murano is outlandish, in a good way.

That sexy body has been designed to cheat the wind, helping this two-row crossover to offer the same aerodynamic efficiency as Nissan's 370Z sports car. It's also lost 135lbs, and Nissan says the 2015 Murano will achieve 20% better fuel economy than the outgoing 2014 model. Although the official EPA numbers haven't been released, a 20% increase would put it in the 24-average-mpg range. Not bad for a motorized tiara with a juicy 260-hp 3.5L V6 under the hood.

As you might expect, the interior of the 2015 Nissan Murano is as decadent as a slice of creamy goodness from the Cheesecake Factory. The seats use Nissan's now-famous Zero-Gravity design, which contours the cushions to provide optimal spinal posture and blood flow. Those front thrones can be heated and cooled, and the rear Zero-Gravity seats offer heat as well. Throughout the cabin you'll find more padded soft-touch surfaces than a cell at the local nut house. And the upmarket materials seem to have been cribbed directly from Infiniti.

Options include a massive glass sunroof, a selection of gorgeous interior appointments, Nissan's multi-angle Around View camera system, and a raft of safety tech, like radar cruise control and Cross Traffic Alert. Pricing hasn't been announced, but you can expect it to be in the $30k range when it hits showrooms later this year.

Although the 2015 Nissan Murano defies stylistic convention, it was that same sense of elegant defiance that made the first Murano so popular. And in a world filled with Martha Stewart Edition crossovers, being different is “a good thing”.

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