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2007 Nissan Murano

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2007 Nissan Murano Review

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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2007

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Murano
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.

With its strong 3.5-liter V6 engine, the Murano does more than just perform well in a straight line. It handles corners and emergency maneuvers with balance and precision, and will give drivers a feeling of sure confidence. Further assistance is available with the optional Vehicle Dynamic Control, which includes the function of traction control.

CVT Transmission
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.

2007 Nissan Murano Details
2007 Nissan Murano photo Interior

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
2007 Nissan Murano photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

The Murano is equipped with a powerful V6 engine teamed to a CVT automatic that maximizes performance, smoothness and fuel efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
240 horsepower @ 5800 rpm
244 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/25 (FWD automatic), 20/24 (AWD automatic)

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2007 Nissan Murano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 588 Ratings for the 2003 - 2007 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.6/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Excellent vehicle that drives and handles nicely!

By on Friday, April 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "fun and smooth ride"

Cons: "Noting to complain about."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"In 2004 the Murano was ahead of its time. Go drive other used crossover/mid-sized SUVs and then drive a Murano that has been well cared for and you'll notice a difference. More of a luxury small SUV than most people realize. Price out a new one and you'll see. The style and driving dynamics have really held up well over time."

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Nope

By on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 136,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice design"

Cons: "Constant mechanical issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I would not recommend this car to anyone. I bought this car with 76k miles and am up to 136k now. The car does not have pick up, constant problems after 100k miles. I feel like I am taking the car to the mechanic every other week for a different issue. I loved it when I test drove the car but after having it for a while I can not wait to trade it in."

14 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Major repairs possible...BEWARE.

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "comfortable interior, great Bose sound system"

Cons: "not reliable, major engine problems, repairs $$$$"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I've had this car since 2007, so you might say that I got my money's worth. BUT, at 144,000 miles, I expect that it should still be running. However, I was recently told that I needed a NEW ENGINE (they don't service them, they REPLACE them) because it burns oil. No visible smoke; the oil goes in, then it disappears, not even drips on the ground. So that's a $9,000 repair on a vehicle worth about $5,500. I loved the car at one time so much that I considered replacing the engine, but was warned by the dealership that other major problems were coming if the engine was failing. I've been driving it for about a year with this problem. Another problem recently started, with the car hesitating before accelerating. From the forums I'm seeing that the transmission is about to go. That's another $4,600-8,000. There is a recall item, too...after an oil change, technicians frequently knock a vacuum hose off of a housing, which will bring the car to a choking halt. The first time this happened I was on a busy freeway. It was fixed under a recall, but it's happened twice more since then. The car loses power completely. It can be fixed with a screwdriver, but that's not the point. The suspension also has problems, I have a very strange wear problem on the front tires that indicates "worn or out of alignment suspension." Tires, by the way, are a minimum of $200 apiece. Gosh, I miss my Honda. It was a great car for a few years, but I wouldn't spend $50K on a new one knowing the problems I've had with this one. I just don't trust Nissan to make a car that will last more than 125,000 miles!"

20 people out of 22 found this review helpful

I love my truck but it has some issues...

By on Saturday, January 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Amazing design, Handling & Power delivery."

Cons: "A little pricey. CVT transmission"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"To begin I hate the sewing machine sound of the non shifting CVT transmission. If I could change anything it would be the transmissions. It's unrefined, has a annoying continuous growl from the engine that you don't hear shift so that it's just a continuous growl. I wish that the interior had a leather instead of that soft material so it would be easier to maintain. The Power delivery and handling are outstanding and design."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

great car for road trips

By on Monday, October 5, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfortable, handles well, roomy, great styling"

Cons: "front seat, some rattles over bumpy surface"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought a used 2007 Murano S AWD with 135,000 miles from my mechanic. Before delivery he went over the car completely and replaced the tires, air pressure sensors, motor mount, control arm, spark plugs, battery, and brake pads and checked out the CVT and transfer case for leaks. Right after I got it I took it on a 7,000 mile road trip with no problems at all. Runs like a top, smooth and handles great and is very comfortable and roomy. Very enjoyable to drive. The only issue that came up was the broken seat frame problem. I decided to repair it myself using an $85 online part. (My mechanic had done so much work and gave me such a good deal I didn't want to quibble over the seat). It required pulling and dismantling the seat, but was a straightforward repair using the Nissan service bulletin instructions. I am very happy with the vehicle so far!"

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Great Vehicle

By on Thursday, July 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 143,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Really fun to drive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Murano handles all road conditions ( Snow & Slush ) so well, just hugs the road. Great get up and go. Roomy for even the back passengers, lot's of leg rooms. The back seats even lay down for comfort. Has been the best car that I've ever purchased."

26 people out of 30 found this review helpful

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