Part of that comes down to the 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine under the hood. The rest comes down to weight and aerodynamics.
Whatever the cause, however, the 2014 Murano rates its best in front-drive form, at 18 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined. With all-wheel drive, the Murano's scores are nearly identical, at 18 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.
The Murano won't impress compared to some of the latest four-cylinder crossovers and compact SUVs, but it is on par for V-6 models, and the CVT helps make for reliable, even sometimes impressive real-world numbers in our testing.