Each of the last 34 years, MotorWeek has paused midway through the television season to judge the best new cars and trucks of the year.The annual Drivers' Choice Awards are among the industry's highest honors; the awards examine vehicles from a buyer's point-of-view, putting a special emphasis on trends and innovations. Understanding that consumers seek value and reliability, MotorWeek editors aimed to produce a list of winners that can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.
"Following a strong finish to 2014, momentum surrounding the all-new Murano continues to climb into 2015," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations, U.S. "The redesigned Murano is not only a great choice due to an incredible balance of style, comfort, innovation and more, but – as validated by this award – also due to its great value and reliability. MotorWeek's Drivers' Choice Awards are among the best and most-coveted in the business, and we're ecstatic to play a part in the celebration of the world's best vehicles."
"Nissan is to be congratulated for making space in their crossover lineup for something truly different," said John Davis, host, Motorweek. "The Murano is not your typical suburban hauler. It mixes great practicality, with high style, at an affordable price, like no other utility. It's a combination that we think consumers will find impossible to ignore."
Premium features and driving assistance technologies abound in the 2015 Murano, including available NissanConnectSM with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, Around View® Monitor, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, 11-speaker Bose® premium audio system, Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), Forward Emergency Braking (FEB) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
Every 2015 Murano comes with a standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Fuel economy has increased 20 percent (over the previous generation) for combined mpg and is rated at 21/28/24 mpg city/highway/combined for both front-wheel and all-wheel drive models.
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