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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.

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
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 230 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great looking and comfortable

By on Thursday, August 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Looks, comfort, technology"

Cons: "minor fit and finish issues"

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

"I used to drive a BMW X5 but it was extremely unreliable so decided to buy my 2014 Murano Platinum.. love the way it looks.. I do lots of highway driving and the seats are extremely comfortable.. Interior is Infiniti-like in terms of elegance and features.. Just a couple fit and finish issues I need to resolve at the dealer, but overall doesnt detract from what is a fantastic car.. Love it!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

This is a great vehicle

By on Sunday, June 28, 2015

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

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

Pros: "very responsive"

Cons: "A little heavy on fuel but worth it."

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

"This vehicle is rated for having one of the lowest maintenance costs. I've owned three of these cars because I put on many miles per year and I need and want dependability and comfort."

25 people out of 43 found this review helpful

My favorite car ever.

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

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

Pros: "Comfortable, quiet, reliable, fast, good in snow."

Cons: "gas mileage is around 20 mpg, would like better"

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

"I have owned Mercedes, Audis, Mazdas, Ford and VWs. This is the best car I have ever owned. It is as fast as my Mercedes kompressor but more comfortable. The heated steering wheel and seats made a huge difference in the winter. It is a great snow car. I live in New England and we just had 2 of the worst snow winters on record. It is extremely reliable and uses regular gas. The cab is amazingly quiet and luxurious. I collect antiques and am able to fit large pieces of furniture in the back. I added a hitch and big tray bike rack and go into the country for off road biking. I test drove other cars in the same class/price range and there was no comparison. It feels like a high end luxury car. Love it, love it, love it!!!!"

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

Dependable,comfortable,low maintenance,preformer.

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Power, comfort, size"

Cons: "Wind noise, limited visibility through rear"

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

"Very unique transmission, comfortably sized with ample storage and rear seats designed to provide more space, six cylinder engine preforms well. Well engineered to ride and drive well in all types of conditions including snow/ice (with proper tires). Low maintenance, decent gas mileage. The only complaint I have is wind noise is noticeable at high way speed, had it back to dealer, we were told everything was in order, seems like a door seal though."

12 people out of 33 found this review helpful

Love the Murano model

By on Monday, May 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,500

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: "comfort"

Cons: "requires premium gas (more expensive)"

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

"This is my second Murano. I leased my first one and when the lease was up, I went back & got my current one. I've driven long distances with four adults and their luggage. We were all extremely comfortable. I hate to drive anywhere but I make lots of trips to see godsons. If I didn't have this car, I don't think I could make the trip as often as I do. I REALLY LOVE THIS CAR."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Own two and both consistently exceed expectations

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "Nothing"

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

"Overall build quality; particularly around drivetrain, interior comfort and materials, as well as seat height make this Murano iteration one of the best manufactured crossovers available for the price."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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