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Nissan makes Murano a stand-out among crossovers (pictures)

With its concept-like styling, the 2015 Murano stands out from the crossover crowd, and offers comfort for five passengers.

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The Murano continues as a five-passenger crossover vehicle, but incorporates radical new looks.

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Nissan calls the new grille design V-Motion, and will use it on other vehicles in its lineup.

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20-inch wheels on this Platinum trim level Murano help give it clearance and a light appearance.

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Blacked-out rear pillars give the roof a floating look.

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Nissan calls the interior design a "social lounge." Its "zero-gravity" seats are lighter than the previous model's, but remain comfortable.

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The rear bench looks conventional, and offers a 60:40 fold-down split for cargo versatility.

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This USB port for rear seat passengers connects to the car's audio system.

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In Platinum trim, the Murano achieves an upscale cabin look.

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All Muranos come with a continuously variable transmission.

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The new head unit has a main menu screen showing audio source and quick access to apps.

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The refreshed navigation system shows live traffic, while NissanConnect brings in online destination search.

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Along with NissanConnect apps, the Murano gets traffic, weather, gasoline prices and other data through satellite radio.

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