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For those seeking the room and versatility of an SUV without the boxy styling or ponderous handling, Nissan builds the Murano. Based on a car platform, the crossover Murano SUV features unit-body construction that allows for a more sophisticated suspension setup as well as a more rigid structure. The trade-off is less towing capacity and a loss of true off-road ability, but the benefit is a much higher level of on-road ride and handling. The Murano also features a number of cutting-edge technologies, such as a standard CVT shiftless transmission and one of the best V6 engines in the industry. The Murano's space-age interior styling and lofty price tag may not be everyone's cup of tea, in which case more traditional crossovers, such as the Toyota Highlander, may be better choices.
If you like a trendy look that's outside the norm, but if you need room and versatility, the Murano might be a good fit.
The Murano's sporty styling will not appeal to everyone. The large rear pillar creates a big blind spot, the all-wheel-drive system is not designed for rugged off-road adventuring and seating capacity is limited to five passengers.
No major changes for 2007.
Driving Impressions The Murano's Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is "stepless," meaning it is without individual gear ratios. Under acceleration the engine remains at a fairly constant speed, in or near its most...efficient range, while vehicle speed changes are handled by the continuously changing "gearing" of the transmission. As a result, the driver will feel no gear shifts and gains the benefit of efficient and exceptionally smooth operation.
The smooth CVT transmission, available with a "six-speed manual-shift mode," adds a touch of sporting flavor to the driving.
Rear Organizer Tray
The Murano's rear organizer tray helps keep small items from being tossed around the rear cargo area.
The Murano's interior can comfortably seat five passengers and still have room for their cargo. The trendy, slick interior includes an expansive instrument panel featuring two deep storage trays that are perfect for storing maps, travel guides, snacks and the like. Rear seats offer excellent head and shoulder room, and can be reclined for those road-trip naps.Exterior
The sporty Murano stands apart from its competitors with a slanted front grille and headlamp treatment, big 18-inch wheels and a beltline that sweeps sharply upward toward the rear. Some will like it, and some will not.
The Murano's standard equipment includes a 240-horsepower V6 engine, CVT automatic transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), dual-zone automatic air conditioning, illuminated keyless entry, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, front and rear head-curtain and front side-impact airbags, cruise control, a tire pressure monitor, leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated touch controls for the audio system, 18-inch six-spoke alloy wheels and a rear wiper/washer. The SE model adds a manual shift control to the CVT transmission, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, rearview monitor and 18-inch six-spoke sport alloy wheels.
Options include Vehicle Dynamic Control, traction control, power adjustable pedals, heated leather seats, memory function for the driver's seat and mirrors, a power glass sunroof, 225-watt Bose audio system, four-way power passenger's seat, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and navigation.
The Murano is equipped with a powerful V6 engine teamed to a CVT automatic that maximizes performance, smoothness and fuel efficiency.
240 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
244 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (FWD automatic), 20/24 (AWD automatic)
By Dave64 on Saturday, October 04, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive"
Cons: "Inferior mechanical/design compared to Honda/Toyot"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6
"Had this SUV for 11 years, only drive it on the weekend. The Alternator failed after 2 years, repaired under warranty. Then the fuel pump system failed after 3 years, repaired under extended warranty. Recently the exhaust flanged rusted out and leaked due to bad design/condensation at the flange, luckily went to Meineke and they welded a piece of pipe for a cheap fix. Hopefully the transmission can hold up. Only has 56K miles. The SUV is otherwise roomy and easy to drive. Again, hope it lasts a few more years."
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By Scotez on Wednesday, September 03, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfortable, quick, decent miliage for the size"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I've owned this car for about five years and use it mainly as a road car for trips. I average around 22 mpg mostlyr rural but can get 24 mpg on the interstate. Great ride, all around good engine performance, and the CVT is great. Very comfortable. I have the AWD which works fine but is not great compared to my 4WD truck. Seats five very comfortably. I'm glad they didn't try and stick a third in like some others. I would definitely buy another."
11 people out of 15 found this review helpful
By realdickb on Thursday, August 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000overall rating 6 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive"
Cons: "too many failures"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"Still a great car to drive. Power train very responsive, sturdy ride, quick handling. Several significant repairs needed for mileage, Nissan service departments not honest and less than reliable."
8 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By irene on Wednesday, August 06, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "handles very smoothly, accelaration powerful"
Cons: "comes in single disc player"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"great condition, very reliable, no problems that i am aware of, maintenance done regularly, inside is nice and clean!"
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful
By jwalkerblack12 on Thursday, July 24, 2014
I owned and sold this car
Reason: Began to have too many issues.
Pros: "Room, relaiblity, features."
Cons: "Mileage, cost to own/operate."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Got one for the wife. Bought it new a base but adequately equipped S model with AWD. We owned it for 9 years and put 189K on it. We had 1 issue around 100k with the door locks failing to engage and the rear hatch not able to open from the outside. This small issue cost us $700 at the dealer. This was our first CVT car and although i was nervous about it (especially with its history) it operated flawlessly right up to the day we traded the car. The 3.5V6 was also flawless right up to the day of trade (still having the original plugs in it). Around 160K we had an inlet pipe on the muffler rust out (common for this car) and got it welded for $100. At 180K+ we started needing axel shafts and wheel bearings and decided it was time to part ways with the Murano. We liked the car but... were very dissappointed in the mileage and that it didnt last another year or two and go past 200K. Mileage on regular in mixed/mostly highway driving was 18.5-19.5MPG. Factor the dissappointing mileage, the expense of the big tires and the repairs into the price of the vehile and the financing and this was an expensive vehicle to own and operate which dissappointed us. So a good Car but not a great car."
17 people out of 17 found this review helpful
By ECD on Sunday, June 29, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3
"Disappointed in the quality of this Nissan model. I thought buying foreign would ensure excellent quality but it's been one thing after another that needed replacement on this vehicle. I will go back to Ford and American once I sell this."
11 people out of 24 found this review helpful