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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
‘Good,’ frontal offset; ‘good,’ side impact, ‘good,’ rear impact, ‘good,’ side impact; 'marginal,' roof strength
Four stars, overall; four stars, frontal; five stars, side; four stars, side pole
The 2012 Nissan Murano includes a well-rounded list of safety features, along with ratings that are good but not quite top-notch.
The Murano earns mostly 'good,' ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), except for a 'marginal' rating in the roof-strength category--which is related to the likelihood of rollover injury.
In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing, the Murano gets a mix of four- and five-star ratings, on a five-star scale--including an overall score of four stars.
Outward visibility is about on par for this class, though as is typical the sloping roofline and thick rear pillar can cut into the view back when changing lanes or backing up.
All the safety equipment you'd expect in this class is standard, including anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, front side airbags, and side-curtain bags, plus active front head restraints.
The 2012 Nissan Murano isn't class-leading, but its list of safety features is respectable.