Nissan Murano tops Midsize SUV segment in 2015 J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL)℠ Study

  • All-new Nissan Murano named most appealing midsize SUV in prestigious industry study of new vehicle purchasers, scoring significantly higher than the segment average
  • Totally redesigned for 2015, Murano also is the second most improved among all vehicles in this year’s APEAL Study, compared to 2014
  • Nissan Altima finishes second among Midsize Car competitors; Nissan Frontier ranked third among Midsize Pickups

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 07.24.2015 – Three Nissan models have been recognized as being among the most appealing vehicles to own and drive in their segments in the just released J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Automotive, Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) StudySM – led by the totally redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano crossover’s top finish in the Midsize SUV category. Murano scored a total of 853 points, a 58-point improvement over the previous generation Murano design and 35 points above the second place finisher in the segment.

The 2015 Altima, Nissan’s best selling vehicle, improved three positions over the 2014 study to tie for second place with a score of 817, just two points behind the leader in the Midsize Car segment. The 2015 Nissan Frontier finished third in the Midsize Pickup segment behind two recently introduced pickups.

The annual APEAL Study, now in its 20th year, surveys purchasers and lessees of new vehicles, giving owners a platform to evaluate their cars, trucks and SUVs across 77 specific attributes. The results are combined into an overall APEAL score measured on a 1,000-point scale. The study found that some safety features, such as blind spot warning and parking assist systems, substantially improved owners’ sense of security – and satisfaction – with their vehicles. Nissan continues to offer a range of advanced safety and connectivity system technologies across a wide application of vehicles and trim levels – including Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Driver Attention Alert* (DAA) and Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD).

“Given its bold new design, the APEAL Study results showed that exterior and interior styling are by far the leading purchase reasons for Murano buyers,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc.

Sales of the new Murano are up nearly 40 percent for the year through June (versus 2014), attracting many new buyers to the Nissan brand.

The all-new Murano features Nissan’s new exterior design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. Inside, the new Murano offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced Zero Gravity seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof. All 2015 Murano crossovers come equipped with a standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and Xtronic transmission with D-step logic. Murano is offered in front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

“We are also extremely pleased with the strong showing of the 2015 Altima, which finished above its two main sales competitors in the segment with a 13-point improvement over the year before,” said Diaz. “Like Murano, Altima offers advanced technology systems at an affordable price point.”

The 2015 Nissan Altima, one of the top selling cars in the U.S., offers a rewarding driving experience, premium exterior and interior and driver-focused technology. Its standard 182 horsepower 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine provides 38-mpg highway fuel economy. Altima is available in a choice of five models, including a 270-horsepower 3.5-liter V6-equipped Altima 3.5 SL.

The 2015 Nissan Frontier continues to be a sales leader in the midsize truck segment, combining premium hardware, extraordinary power and an exceptional level of on- and off-road performance. The Frontier Crew Cab is offered in five trim levels, led by the dynamic Frontier Crew Cab PRO-4X.

Nissan Murano crossover and Quest minivan named winners in AutoPacific 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 07.13.2015 – Nissan today announced that two 2015 vehicles won Best in Class awards in AutoPacific’s 19th annual Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA):

An industry benchmark for measuring how satisfied owners are with their new vehicles, the VSAs differ from other awards in that they are based solely on owner input. The awards objectively measure how satisfied an owner is with 50 attributes ranging from interior comfort and styling to fuel economy and performance. Murano and Quest each won by substantial margins over their respective second place competitors.

“These two Vehicle Satisfaction Awards are particularly significant, not only because they represent the voice of our owners, but also because they are for two very different ends of the family vehicle segment – the seven-passenger Quest minivan and the premium Murano crossover,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S.A., Nissan North America, Inc. “It is also great to see Murano bring home the trophy in the first year of its total redesign for 2015.”

Sales of the Nissan Murano were up 73.8 percent in June and 39.4 percent for the calendar year to date (versus comparative 2014 sales periods). As the halo vehicle for the Nissan brand and its expanding range of bold crossovers, the all-new Murano carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics, producing a quiet, fuel-efficient driving experience. Inside, the new Murano offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced Zero Gravity seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.

The boldly styled Nissan Quest offers a range of family friendly features, including one-touch power sliding doors, quick release fold-flat 2nd and 3rd row seats, Advanced Climate Control System and an always-available rear storage well. Quest is offered in four well-equipped models: S, SV, SL and Platinum.

AutoPacific’s 2015 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards (VSA) are based on responses to over 66,000 surveys completed in the 1st Quarter of 2015 by owners of new, model year 2015 cars and light trucks in the United States. They purchased their new vehicles from September through December 2014. View the complete 2015 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards here.

Nissan Murano named one of the “10 Best Family Cars of 2015” by Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com

All-new Murano crossover continues to compile accolades and sales records

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 06.05.2015 – The all-new 2015 Nissan Murano, which was introduced to near universal acclaim in December 2014, has added another prestigious award to its trophy case – a “Best Crossover” in theParents magazine and Edmunds.com annual listing of the “10 Best Family Cars.”

As in previous years, the top vehicles for 2015 were selected by the Parents and Edmunds.com editors based on safety, convenience and high-tech performance features at all price levels. In choosing the Murano, they stated:

“The all-new Murano pulls off a neat trick, mimicking the creamy ride and luxe features of models costing $10,000 more. It provides stretch-your-legs space for five, easy car-seat access, and storage for a weekend getaway (portacrib and stroller included). The fatigue-fighting ‘Zero Gravity’ front seats are a blessing for long drives. The monitor beams 360-degree camera views, detecting and alerting you to moving objects in the parking lot, from bicycles to shopping carts to little kids.”
– Parents,
June 2015 issue

Murano was also recently awarded an IIHS “Top Safety Pick Plus” ranking as one of the latest Nissan vehicles to offer the innovative Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) systems specifically designed to alert drivers of potential risks ahead – along with available Driver’s Attention Alert* (DAA) system. The DAA system analyzes driver steering behavior to provide an alert if signs of drowsiness or inattention are detected.

Sales of the all-new 2015 Murano increased 58.3 percent in May and 33.4 percent through May 2015 (compared to the same periods in calendar year 2014).

“The 2015 Murano has found a sweet spot in the competitive crossover SUV segment, offering standout styling, a highly versatile premium interior, advanced safety and driver aid technologies and, of course, Nissan’s legendary driving excitement,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Sales & Marketing, Parts & Service, U.S.A, Nissan North America, Inc. “Now, on top of record sales in May, we’re honored to add the highly sought-after Parents / Edmunds.com ‘Best Family Car’ acknowledgment to a great first year of the new Murano design.”

As the halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of bold crossovers, the all-new Murano carries forward the new Nissan design direction with its V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. Inside, the new Murano offers an engaging “social lounge” feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced Zero Gravity seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.

Murano’s long list of available features include NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM®Satellite Radio and Travel Link® (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Nissan Intelligent Key®with Push Button Ignition, Remote Engine Start system, iPod® and other compatible devices interface, 11-speaker Bose® (including dual subwoofers) premium audio system and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System.

Responsive driving is provided by a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive. Fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg highway for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models.

Available technologies include Around View® Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Intelligent Cruise Control (ICC), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW) and Forward Emergency Braking (FEB). The Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system utilizes radar to detect a moving vehicle behind the Murano approaching from either side of a parking space.

The Nissan Murano is offered in four trim levels – S, SV, SL and Platinum – and in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The starting MSRP** for the Murano S FWD is $29,560 USD, while the top-of-the-line Murano Platinum AWD is priced at $40,600 USD (full pricing is available at NissanNews.com). The new Murano is assembled in Canton, Mississippi.