Nissan Murano shows off at Cleveland Auto Show

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CLEVELAND- After the winter in Northeast Ohio, you may be thinking you need a bigger vehicle to maneuver the roads when the snow and ice start to pile up.

Nissan offers plenty of crossover vehicles including the Nissan Murano, which has already racked up three major awards.

From the best new/redesigned midsize crossover to the best two-row SUV for the money and the MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award, the 2015 Nissan Murano definitely grabs your attention.

“I really thought the color was outstanding and I really liked the style of it. I think it looks classy and I don’t think the price was that high,” said Jeanne White, of Strongsville.

This car has it all from 260 horsepower, to 240 pounds of torque; it has one of the best highway miles-per-gallon for a mid-size crossover.

“It’s got a .31 coefficient. That’s like a sports car. What does that mean to you? It gives you 28 miles-per-gallon, unheard of in a crossover," said Mike D'Amato, of Nissan North Olmsted.

One of the things that makes the 2015 Nissan Murano one of the best crossovers isn’t necessarily what you see on the outside of the vehicle, but what it has on the inside and in particular the technology.

“It will actually tell you when you’re coming too close to somebody. It will give you an audio and visual warning to slow down. If you have the intelligent cruise on, it will do even one better. It will sense two cars in front of you and it will slow you down before you do it yourself,” D'Amato said.

With 70 cubic feet of interior room, the largest in its class, this crossover vehicle has plenty of room and comfort, including zero gravity seats.

“It takes all the pressure points off your backs and your leg, it relieves driver fatigue," D'Amato said.

“It feels like I’m sitting in my living room chair,” said James Harris of Lorain.

Nissan offers plenty of crossover options, from the sporty Juke to the Rogue, to the third-row seating in the Pathfinder and finally, the Murano.

“In the winter, you definitely need somewhat of an SUV, a little heavier car and this one comes as both," Harris said.

All of the Nissan crossover vehicles are on display now at the Cleveland Auto Show at the IX-Center, which runs through Sunday.