The Murano’s improvement helped to propel total Nissan utility vehicle volume up 13% in the first month of 2015. Overall SUV/crossover sales were up little more than 2% in January, a severe drop-off from the rate of acceleration achieved by the category in 2014.
Among larger two-row utility vehicles, the Murano was still not nearly as popular as the value-priced Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (up 6% to 1368 in January), nor was it able to catch the Jeep Grand Cherokee (down 3% to 769).
But the Murano, along with the Grand Cherokee, certainly throws for a loop both the notion that bigger SUVs need a third row and the idea that luxury brands can be the only purveyors of premium two-row utility.
The Murano has a base price below $30,000, but all-wheel-drive Muranos start just under $36,000 and top out just above $45,000 including fees. That pricing scheme isn’t out of alignment with the much smaller Audi Q3, a vehicle which attracted 256 new owners in January.
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