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2011 Nissan Murano

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2011 Nissan Murano Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

Nissan's Murano crossover SUV has always been a step ahead of the competition. It was the first such vehicle to offer a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which is a more efficient transmission that maximizes both power and fuel economy. The Murano also remains ahead of many rivals in the area of high-tech electronics, and increasingly important factor in many consumer's final purchasing decision. Of course, newer competitors like the Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7 and Kia Sorento now offer many of the same features, but the Murano's edgy styling, performance oriented suspension and Infiniti-like luxury interior place it in a league of its own.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a crossover SUV with equal measures of luxury, technology and affordability, the 2011 Nissan Murano tops a very short list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need three-row seating, the Murano shouldn't be on your shopping list. Those looking for a low entry price or a four-cylinder engine would be better off looking at the Kia Sorento or Mazda CX-7.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Murano gains a new trim, the SV, along with revised front and rear fascias, new tail lamps, new 18-inch wheels and an upgraded 11-speaker Bose audio system (up from eight speakers).

Driving the Murano

Driving Impressions On the road, the 2011 Nissan Murano's torque-laden V6 engine made driving uphill seem nearly effortless, and the CVT transmission kept the vehicle at the correct RPM for the incline's...

duration. Rear seat passengers complained that, compared to their time up front, the ride seemed less comfortable. It was later agreed by all that the chief culprit responsible for their discomfort was the Murano's stiff suspension. There is ample head and leg room, more so than in the Mazda CX-7, and the reclining rear seatbacks make for a more comfortable seating position. Our staff reported the Murano's interior felt downright lavish with its leather-clad seats, heated steering wheel and awesome Bose audio, so much so that it was hard to remember that we were in a Nissan rather than an Infiniti. The available iPod adapter interface proved easy to use when scrolling through the menus and songs, but less helpful when looking for specific artists that appear alphabetically on the bottom of the list.
Favorite Features

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.

2011 Nissan Murano Details
Interior

Even the base S trim sports an interior so rich and inviting you'd swear you were looking at a more expensive model. Nissan's "mobile suite" interior theme plays out with supportive seating, rich looking materials and a handsome dash design. All the gauges and switchgear are logically laid out and easy to see day or night. Steering wheel controls for the audio, cruise and available Bluetooth mean the driver rarely has to remove his hands from the wheel, and the available voice-activated navigation system makes it even easier to drive while safely operating complex systems. Passengers can enjoy a number of upscale luxuries including heated rear seats and a DVD entertainment system with two LCD screen mounted behind the front seat head restraints.

Exterior

The 2011 Nissan Murano retains its distinctive shape, highlighted by a slowing rising beltline that makes a dramatic upturn once passed the rear door. Other distinctive styling elements include a sharply angled nose and prominent chrome grille and enormous 18- and 20-inch alloy wheels. The Murano's 7.3-inches of ground clearance is near the bottom of the competitor set, but it does permit for a comfortable step-in and loading height, and still allows the Murano to navigate over most road hazards. LE trims feature quad-cylinder type HID bi-xenon headlamps, while all but the S trim have standard fog lights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Nissan Murano S features a 3.5-liter V6 engine, Xtronic CVT automatic transmission, dual-zone automatic climate control, six-disc MP3 compatible CD changer, auxiliary audio input jack, Intelligent Key with push button starter, driver's seat lumbar support and a 60/40 split folding rear seat with cargo area-accessible releases. To this the SV adds a dual panel moonroof, power front seats, auto on/off headlamps, steering wheel mounted audio controls, USB port for iPod, and Bluetooth. The SL trim brings leather seating, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, memory for the driver's seat, a power liftgate, 11-speaker Bose audio and rain-sensing wipers. The LE adds HID head lamps, 20-inch wheels, heated rear seats and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Standard safety features on all Muranos include Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with traction control, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), and six airbags (front, front side and side curtain).

Optional Equipment

Most options are bundled according to trim, so if you want rain-sensing wipers, for example, you'll have to order the SL or LE trims. The Navigation Package, available only on SL and LE, brings Nissan's hard-drive navigation with seven-inch touch screen monitor, XM NavTraffic and NavWeather, Bluetooth streaming audio and a 9.3 GB music box hard drive storage system. Some stand-alone options include a rear seat DVD entertainment system, mud guards, retractable cargo cover, illuminated kick plates, rear bumper protector and roof rail cross bars.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Nissan Murano offers only one engine: a 3.5-liter V6 with Continuous Valve Timing Control and Nissan Variable Induction Control. This strong performer is linked to Nissan's newest Xtronic CVT transmission, which provides even power distribution whenever it's needed and contributes to the Murano's impressive 3,500-pound tow rating.

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

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2011 Nissan Murano Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 189 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Nice crossover at a decent price!

By on Monday, April 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,500

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, highway cruising, quiet ride, features"

Cons: "small door pockets, some features, a/c just ok"

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

"It's a good crossover with a decent/fairly quiet ride. I own the 2012 SV version which still gave me (as standard) a backup camera (very necessary), driver and passenger power seats, dual moonroof (which wasn't important to me, but should help the resale value), and dual zone a/c with rear vents while still offering cloth seats which I prefer (not leather like other car companies force you to get with those features and charge you more for). Other good things about this car is the excellent handling, large screen backup camera in the middle of the dashboard,auxillary input jack for my mp3, and fantastic exterior looks with the sweet merlot red color. I've also had no major repairs done in the year and half of ownership. It excells at highway cruising and steering is dead on. Cloth armrests on doors are also nice as well as the pushbutton start and the pushbutton door handles that allow for easy entry. The not so great is the narrow door pockets with no cupholders, no gray cloth interior offered (had to take black which I still like better than the beige that most usually come with), just average size cargo capacity, the cupholders behind the gearshift that's just too tall, narrow rear passenger side air vents that barely work and no seperate controls for them, ride needs to be just a little softer for front and more so for the rear passengers, standard tires don't do well in snow and makes you feel little cracks in the road, dual zone a/c doesn't always work correctly, speed sensitive stereo volume control doesn't work at all, steering is a little light at low speeds, brakes are a little touchy, cvt doesn't downshift low enough for good highway passing, had to order special windshield sunshade because store bought versions weren't long enough to fit right under the visors, rearview mirror (which is too small) gets too weak on hot summer days so can't use a clip on extended mirror for better visibility, lowbeam headights need to be greatly improved, view between side mirrors (which are too tall) and door sills (just too thick) are too obstructed for good outward visibility to the sides, front wipers should be hidden better from driver's view when not used, windshield defroster doesn't work with recirculating air so outside smoke/exhuast usually comes in (not fun in winter) and windows fog up a lot when heater is used, and speedometer is sometimes hard to see in the evening. Also had to drive out of state (around 7 hours) to purchase exact car I wanted since dealership wasn't willing to bring the car to it's store which would have been within a fourty five minute drive of where I lived. Even with these complaints, I still haven't seen any SUV crossovers that were better than the Murano for standard features (without leather), style, and handling ability, and any car on the road today will have it's fair share of imperfections or problems. The Murano isn't perfect but it's still better overall than most cars I've seen, owned, or test drove!"

Very Dependable vehicle.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very dependable vehicle."

Cons: "CVT maintenance expensive."

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

"I bought my Murano brand new. Less than one mile on the odometer. I put over 140,000 miles on it without one repair. Only regular maintenance items. The CVT Transmission is a little weird at first but after you get used to it those transmissions that shift seem weird. The quality of build is better than any of the American built cars I had in the past. The feel of the buttons and controls. The Murano does nothing outstanding. I have had faster cars, better handling cars and better four wheel drive cars. But the Murano does everything well. Best overall vehicle I ever bought to this point."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Very Dependable vehicle.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very dependable vehicle."

Cons: "CVT maintenance expensive."

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

"I bought my Murano brand new. Less than one mile on the odometer. I put over 140,000 miles on it without one repair. Only regular maintenance items. The CVT Transmission is a little weird at first but after you get used to it those transmissions that shift seem weird. The quality of build is better than any of the American built cars I had in the past. The feel of the buttons and controls. The Murano does nothing outstanding. I have had faster cars, better handling cars and better four wheel drive cars. But the Murano does everything well. Best overall vehicle I ever bought to this point."

Very Dependable vehicle.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very dependable vehicle."

Cons: "CVT maintenance expensive."

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

"I bought my Murano brand new. Less than one mile on the odometer. I put over 140,000 miles on it without one repair. Only regular maintenance items. The CVT Transmission is a little weird at first but after you get used to it those transmissions that shift seem weird. The quality of build is better than any of the American built cars I had in the past. The feel of the buttons and controls. The Murano does nothing outstanding. I have had faster cars, better handling cars and better four wheel drive cars. But the Murano does everything well. Best overall vehicle I ever bought to this point."

Very Dependable vehicle.

By on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

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

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very dependable vehicle."

Cons: "CVT maintenance expensive."

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

"I bought my Murano brand new. Less than one mile on the odometer. I put over 140,000 miles on it without one repair. Only regular maintenance items. The CVT Transmission is a little weird at first but after you get used to it those transmissions that shift seem weird. The quality of build is better than any of the American built cars I had in the past. The feel of the buttons and controls. The Murano does nothing outstanding. I have had faster cars, better handling cars and better four wheel drive cars. But the Murano does everything well. Best overall vehicle I ever bought to this point."

definitely the best vehicle I have ever owned.

By on Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

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
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun to drive comfortable, powerful."

Cons: "Premium gas, so so mileage."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Comfortable ride, excellent handling plenty of power, the only downside is premium gas and so so mileage"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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