Now likely heading into its last model year before a full redesign, the 2014 Nissan Murano soldiers on with a starting price of $29,300, including $860 for destination and handling.

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That’s the same number as the 2013 model.

The Murano, the more upscale five-passenger complement to the larger Nissan Pathfinder, comes in S, SV, SL, and LE trim levels, each adding their own options and equipment packages.

Included in all of them, however, is a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 260 horsepower and is routed through a continuously variable automatic transmission.

Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive comes as a $1,790 option.

When we drove a 2012 Nissan Murano LE Platinum last year, we noted that it had all the makings of a fine, premium midsize crossover.

But somehow, all the parts didn’t quite add up, mostly owing to age, a jumpy throttle pedal, and some mismatched interior materials. Still, as noted, Nissan has shown off its Resonance concept, most notably at the Detroit Auto Show, signalling the direction of the next-generation Murano.

If the 2014 Nissan Rogue is any indication of where the brand is taking its crossovers, expect the Murano to fix most, if not all, of its problems when the third generation debuts as a 2015 model.

Full pricing is below as follows, not including $860 destination and handling:

Murano S FWD: $28,440

Murano SV FWD: $31,530

Murano SL FWD: $35,390

Murano LE FWD: $37,880

Murano S AWD: $30,230

Murano SV AWD: $33,130

Murano SL AWD: $36,990

Murano LE AWD: $39,480

 

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