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Cruise With the Kids in The Nissan Murano

Once you become a parent or guardian, your priorities change, and so do your car needs. A two-seater sports car or stripped-down work truck probably won’t meet your needs, but luckily, there are options out there that will. Take, for instance, the 2024 Nissan Murano, a luxury SUV with plenty of features perfect for those with young ones. From its spacious design to its suite of safety gear, the Murano is a seriously excellent family vehicle.

The Murano has been impressing the masses for nearly two decades, offering a refined experience at an affordable cost. The 2024 model year will surely see continued success, offering many great features and a sleek, modern design that helps it stand out from the crowd. Available in three distinct trims and one special edition version, the Nissan Murano provides plenty of options to choose from.

Nissan’s Social Lounge

In the spirit of making connections, Nissan has embraced the social aspect of the Murano’s cabin. With a goal of optimizing communication and togetherness, the Murano’s cabin is laid out to create an open space. The rear row offers seating for three, with a low profile pass-through in the front. The front seats are designed for extra comfort, utilizing Nissan’s Zero Gravity technology for fatigue-reducing luxury. Car rides with the kids might make you feel mentally tired, but no longer will they make you feel physically tired.

The rear row offers a unique recline feature, allowing even the back occupants to customize their comfort. Depending on trim, front occupants can enjoy heated and even cooled seats, while rear occupants can enjoy heating on the outboard seats. A Remote Engine Start System with Intelligent Climate Control comes standard on all trims and lets you prepare your vehicle on hot and cold days before the children even set foot inside. This neat feature lets you start every drive off on the right foot.

With a focus on social aspects, it should come as no surprise that the Nissan Murano is equipped with smartphone integration systems to keep everyone connected. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, with extras Like Sirius XM for streaming music and even Navigation options for a stress-free road trip. Higher trims even come with a premium Bose sound system, helping fill the cabin with the kind of sound you want to hear.

The gray and brown interior and dash of a 2024 Nissan Murano is shown.

Shielding Your Family

The Nissan Murano offers a well-rounded selection of safety features, including Nissan’s Safety Shield 360. This suite of safety programs includes six different features that cover the vehicle from front to back. It is easy to protect the ones you love when driving a Nissan Murano, thanks to the many advanced safety options.

Even before you back out of your driveway, the Nissan Safety Shield 360 begins working to keep you and your occupants safe with Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Automatic Braking. The traffic alert monitors the area behind the Murano, alerting you to movement from either side so you can back out of your driveway with confidence. Rear Automatic Braking takes that up a notch, monitoring the area directly behind and activating the brakes if needed. With both systems watching your rear, you, your occupants, and your car will be safer than ever.

Once you hit the road, other safety factors come into play. Nissan has you covered there as well, with features like Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning. Have you ever gone to switch lanes only to swerve back as a vehicle comes blasting by? I think most of us have, and when you have your kids in your vehicle, this can be even more nerve-racking. With Blind Spot Warning, it’s like having a second set of eyes watching your back so you can have fewer close calls and more smooth driving.

Even the best drivers can make mistakes, and one of those mistakes can be driving tired or distracted. If you’re a parent or guardian, these odds are probably raised, with lack of sleep, stress, and vehicle commotion drawing your attention away from the road ahead. With Lane Departure Warning, you get a bit of security knowing that if you become tired or distracted and begin to drift from your lane, Lane Departure Warning will let you know.

One of the last two features in the suite covers you in the front and provides active assistance. Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection starts by monitoring your proximity to the vehicle in front of you, letting you know if you need to slow it down. If that doesn’t work and more aggressive assistance is needed, the program can initiate the brakes, slowing or stopping you and hopefully lessening impact damage. With the added bonus of Pedestrian Detection, the Murano can also monitor for smaller objects and take action if a pedestrian is detected in front of you.

High Beam Assist is the last feature, providing assistance, safety, and courtesy. High beam Assist can detect oncoming traffic, switch off the high beams, and turn on the low beams if needed. Once the vehicle has passed, the program is set to turn the high beams back on. Curvy country roads have nothing on Nissan’s High Beam Assist. In a world of uncertainties, what-ifs, and could-happens, the Nissan Safety Shield provides some much-needed reassurance.

Feel Secure With Added Safety

The Murano’s family-friendly design doesn’t stop with the Safety Shield 360. Another standard across the board—Intelligent Forward Collision Warning—doesn’t just watch the vehicle in front of you, but the vehicle in front of that one as well. If brake lights are detected up ahead, the program can provide ample warning so you can lower your speed or come to a stop if necessary.

Additional available features offer even more security and safety, like the class-exclusive Intelligent Around View Monitor. Providing a virtual overhead view, you can see the whole picture before moving. Customize which views you use with a split-screen option, allowing you more time to focus on what is inside the cabin and not what is outside.

Another available feature is the Intelligent Cruise Control, which allows you to set the following distance from the car in front. Intelligent Cruise Control gets its name by adding a few IQ points to the already extremely smart cruise control feature, letting the Murano adjust its speed, not just maintain it. Traffic Sign Recognition is another available safety feature that can take the guesswork out of driving by reading nearby signs and displaying the information for easy viewing.

With what seems like an endless array of safety features, the Nissan Murano provides peace of mind when driving around with your children. Driving can come with extra pressure when your children are involved. Knowing you have done everything you can to protect them can take a little of that weight off your shoulders.

The cargo area of a 2024 Nissan Murano is shown.

Practical Cargo Solutions

If you are looking for a vehicle that can accommodate a clan, then you might need something with flexible cargo solutions. One size does not always fit all, and that can be especially true when considering a family vehicle. Too small, difficult to use, not enough seating—the list of what doesn’t work can go on and on. Luckily, with the Nissan Murano’s intuitive features, practicality is a given.

The Murano easily seats five, with a spacious back-row. The back row is designed to split so one section can be folded flat, leaving seating in the rear and optimizing cargo space. If even more cargo space is needed, the entire back row folds flat, providing 67 cu.ft. of cargo space. That equates to stowing 26 suitcases inside the cabin. Imagine the possibilities!

An available Motion Activated Liftgate increases convenience by letting you open the liftgate when your hands are full. Whether you are loading groceries, packing up sports gear, or maybe spending a little “you time” shopping, not having to fumble for your keys will make it all a bit easier. Simply wave your foot under the bumper, and the liftgate opens wide, allowing you to unload your arms with a minimum of hassle.

The Nissan Murano Means Family

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and the people at Nissan know that which is why the Murano offers flexible solutions to everyday problems. A practical cargo system, comfortable seating, ample safety features, and connectivity to keep everyone occupied means fewer moans and groans and more happy, smiling faces. Whether you are loading up a family of four, swapping out seat belts for dog harnesses, or flying solo for a weekend road trip, the Nissan Murano is prepared to take you there.