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Nissan took the wraps off a mildly refreshed version of its 5-passenger midsize crossover SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2019 Murano receives a styling facelift, a freshened interior, and the availability of the Nissan Safety Shield 360 suite of safety technologies.
Class: Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 285
Fuel Used: 14.4 gallons
It was not the expected marketing spiel. Instead of the belabored aim of attracting a “young, active-lifestyle” audience, Nissan came right out and said the unthinkable: “With the Murano, we’re going after 45-year-old empty nesters.”
NEW YORK – Nissan’s highly stylized Murano has carved out a small niche for itself in the burgeoning midsize SUV market ever since the first generation was introduced for 2003. But the second generation that arrived for 2009 didn’t carry quite the visual impact, which perhaps narrowed its appeal somewhat. With the 2015 redesign, Nissan appears to be heading back toward the Murano’s more-radical roots.
Class: Premium Compact Crossover
Miles driven: 1031
Fuel used: 40.4 gallons
OK, stick with us here—this gets a bit complicated. With the introduction of the redesigned 2019 Santa Fe, Hyundai is changing up its midsize-SUV strategy. Previously, the Santa Fe was offered in a 3-row, 7-passenger version called Santa Fe, and a shorter 2-row, 5-passenger version named Santa Fe Sport.
Is the U.S. market ready for a return of the old-school body-on-frame midsize SUV? Ford seems to think so, as a revived version of the company’s Bronco SUV is being readied for a 2020 model-year debut.
by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2017 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
At first glance, the 2017 Range Rover Evoque convertible is an unlikely new offering from the British brand best known for classy sport-utility wagons that can go darn near anywhere. I must admit my early thoughts when hearing about the soft-top Evoque included visions of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet—which answered a question no one was asking—and a colorfully worded version of “what are they thinking?”