The third-generation Nissan Murano nails it on so many fronts. Its exterior is shapely, and its interior is high-class. And the ride and handling characteristics bestow a dreamy comfort level. During a one-week test drive of the 2015 midsize crossover utility vehicle, those and other attributes underscored Murano’s charming appeal. The redesigned cargo zone easily and quickly converts from a people transporter to a shipping bay. With the reclining 60/40-split rear bench seat folded flat, there’s 65 cubic feet of space (67 cubic feet without the moonroof). But the space is still mighty plentiful with the second row seats upright, providing slightly more than 31 cubic feet of space (32-plus cubic feet without the moonroof).

Powering the Murano is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 260 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 240 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine mates to the Xtronic continuously variable transmission. Speed sensitive power assisted rack and pinion steering and four-wheel independent suspension give this 111.2-inch wheelbase vehicle a spirited disposition. Murano comes with standard front wheel drive or optional all wheel drive. Murano is offered with 18- inch or 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels and is available in four trim levels: S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD carries a MSRP of $38,550 and collects estimated fuel economy of 21 city/28 highway.