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2009 Nissan Murano

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2009 Nissan Murano Review

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Making its return after a one-year hiatus, the 2009 Nissan Murano joins the crossover utility vehicle market with a new design, upgraded powertrain and technological options. Similar in size and standard equipment to the Mazda CX-7 and Ford Edge, the Murano has much to offer with its revised, more powerful engine and a lower price. It's virtually the same size as the last version and still lacks a third row, but the interior space and available leather seating make the Murano comfortable and give it a luxurious feeling.

You'll Like This Car If...

The 2009 Nissan Murano offers a more luxurious, higher-quality interior than the Ford Edge and is bigger the Mazda CX-7.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 3.5-liter V6 has plenty of power, but the Murano still lacks the sporty feel that can be found in the turbocharged Mazda CX-7. Also, the CVT transmission lacks the manual-shift mode of the previous generation.

What's New for 2009

The Murano sports a new exterior look, including new head and taillights and 18- or 20-inch wheels, along with a new LE trim level that replaces the SE. A revised 3.5-liter V6 engine puts out about 20 more horsepower and is connected to a new Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Interior changes include available power-return rear seatbacks, a cargo divider and a dual-panel moonroof.

Driving the Murano
Driving Impressions

On the road, the 2009 Nissan Murano felt comfortable and lavish with its leather-clad seats, so much so that it was hard to remember that we were in a Nissan...

... rather than an Infiniti. The torque of the V6 engine made driving uphill seem nearly effortless, and the CVT transmission kept it at the correct RPM for the incline. Using the iPod adapter, the interface was easy to use for scrolling through the menus and songs, but proved difficult when looking for specific artists that are alphabetically on the bottom of the list. For the rear-seat passengers the ride seemed less comfortable, as the bounciness of the suspension could be felt more. There is ample head and leg room, more so than in the Mazda CX-7, and the reclining rear seatbacks make for more comfortable seating positions.

Power Return Rear Seats
No need to wrestle with the rear seats in order to get them back into the upright position; the available power-return rear seatbacks go up with the push of a button.

iPod Integration
Auxiliary input jacks are decent for listening to iPods, but the Nissan Murano also has an adapter that makes controlling your iPod through the factory radio easy, enabling you to keep your eyes on the road more when skipping between artists or songs.

2009 Nissan Murano Details
2009 Nissan Murano photo Interior

New interior features on the 2009 Nissan Murano include a wide center console, new instrument panel design, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button ignition, available power-return rear seatbacks and fold-away cargo divider. Keen eyes will notice the new steering wheel design, traditional shifter pattern, the wood and aluminum accents, available leather-fitted dashboard and gathered-leather seats and door panels.

Exterior

The 2009 Nissan Murano keeps the same body shape as the previous generation, but with the addition of some new styling cues. The new exterior features include wide projector headlights, horizontal LED taillights, a distinctive grille, revised front and rear fascias, larger fender openings to house the standard 18- or 20-inch wheels and dual chrome exhaust tips.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2009 Nissan Murano comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with traction control, Brake Assist, front and rear stabilizer bars, speed-sensitive power steering, push button ignition, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 18- or 20-inch wheels and an AM/FM six-disc sound system with six speakers and auxiliary input jack.

Optional Equipment

Some options to consider for the 2009 Nissan Murano are leather seats, a power liftgate, Bose audio system, a hard drive-based navigation system, dual-panel moonroof, power-return rear seatbacks, iPod adapter and a rear DVD system with a big nine-inch screen and wireless headphones.

Under the Hood

Upgraded from the previous generation, the 3.5-liter V6 has about 20 more horsepower that was obtained through the use of Continuous Valve Timing Control and Nissan Variable Induction Control and, being connected to the new Xtronic CVT transmission, it provides power whenever it's needed and contributes to the Murano's impressive tow rating of 3,500 pounds.

3.5-liter V6
265 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
248 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23

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2009 Nissan Murano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.8
Out of 10

Based on 239 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Better than average

By on Thursday, July 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Handles well, great engine."

Cons: "The A pillar has a big blind spot"

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

"This is my second Murano so I have had good experiences with the vehicle. They are cheap to maintain, very comfortable ride. Handles well and I love the engine. Mileage is consistent 21 MPG in city driving and up to 28 on the highway if I keep it around 70. large cargo capacity so you can stuff a lot into the back. So far I have had no complaints with the vehicle or with Nissan service."

looks nice, but not worth it

By on Sunday, April 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "nice looking car"

Cons: "many mechanical problems"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"it is a nice looking suv, but unfortunetely has too many problems. this nissan is very fragil. it's ok for some light snow. the interior has some nice features like voice command, navigation system, dual sunroof, heated front and rear seat. the exterior is appealing, 20' alloy wheels, aerodynamic. fuel consumption is not too bad, average of 16mpg combined city/highway and does not requiere premium. I had many problems with: catalitic converter, transmition, pressure sensor, the 20' wheels are expensive and there are not too many choices."

10 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Reliable, low maintenance costs bought new,

By on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, nice ride."

Cons: "interior front windshield hard to clean"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Purchased new from a dealer. 105k and only had replaced brakes and tires. RELIABLE. Comfortable, stylish. Rear seat lays down for large cargo storage. Took me a while to get used to a FOB and not a key, but OK now. What I would change: front windshield is hard to clean inside because it is so steep. drivers over 6 feet might not like the head room, although the seat is adjustable. Twice recently I got a P420 code, but I put Lucas Sea Foam cleaner in the gas tank, from Autozone, reset the code and no further issues."

12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

A great barely used car.

By on Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I don't own this car

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"My second Morano, coming off a 3 yr. lease in January, I added LED running light package, door sill lights and a trailer hitch. Hitch used to pull jet ski trailer to launch and return to storage in Summer. 17.200 miles only due to 2nd car and golf cart use most of the time. Will be a great buy for someone."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Very unsatisfied with the purchase of this vehicl

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: comfort, handling

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Looked nice and was well optioned."

Cons: "Ride quality, driver seating comfort."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"We brought this Murano new. Top of the line, almost all options that were available. Driver seating position was fair, but not great. Ride was fairly decent, until there were a series of small bumps in the roadway, then the rear-end would have a tendency to move from side to side several inches. Needless to say, if the roads had ice or snow, this was very disconcerting. We traded for a 2016 Chevy Traverse. We feel that this vehicle is all that we had hoped for with the Murano."

20 people out of 35 found this review helpful

design is not driver freindly. the design of the

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
2/10

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

"window does not allow you to use the rearview mirror inside very well you cannot see to back up. the hood design does not lend itself to smaller drivers as they cannot see to park. the electronics are not user friendly. overall poor engineering. would not buy again."

9 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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