2018 Nissan Murano
Ever since its debut in the early 2000s, the Nissan Murano has staked out a claim between premium and nonpremium SUVs with its refined ride, standout styling, well-appointed interior, and feature-laden spec sheet. The current Murano is still playing that value game: the base model comes standard with niceties such as navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and automated emergency braking, and all trim levels wear an exterior design that is swoopy and upscale. A 3.5-liter V-6 drives the front or all four wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) and delivers enough gusto for this near-luxury SUV. We don’t expect sports-car handling in this segment, but the Murano’s serene ride makes it an ideal road-trip companion.