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2011 Nissan Murano

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2011 Nissan Murano Review

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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
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 198 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

So far so good, bought used with 97k miles

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Interior, sound system, fit and trim"

Cons: "Rear window visibility, gas milage"

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

"I just recently bought this 2009 Murano LE with 97k miles on it. I never owned a Nissan before so I asked some people I know who have, and everyone had nothing but good things to say about Nissan. I like to buy high end, high mileage cars so this car meet my criteria, also my wife wanted a larger suv to haul around the grandchildren and all of the stuff that goes along wih them. I intend to get at least 200k miles with this vehicle like I did with my Lexus, 4Runner, and Jeep. The Murano has all of the bells and whistles we wanted and drives very well both city and highway. My only complaint so far is the visability of the back window. I will write another review as soon as I get more miles on it and will be able to comment on the reliability. I do have one question, does anyone know when Nissan recommends replacing the timing belt? I can't seem to find that information."

Love it!

By on Friday, August 15, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

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
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent handling and comfortable ride"

Cons: "Maybe a little more storage for nick nacks"

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

"This is my second Murano and I love it. It handles well and looks great! Maybe some improvement in the gas mileage would be nice. My 1st Murano has gotten up to 26MPG. This one is getting 19MPG. Im seriously thinking of purchasing the hot new 2015! Id love to see some sharp new colors."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

An outstanding vehicle.

By on Friday, July 25, 2014

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

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
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A really good suv. Great value!"

Cons: "With 20 inch wheels, replacement tire are expensiv"

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

"After 55,000 miles not a single problem. This vehicle has excellent handling, an extraordinary ride with comfort that compares to a Land Cruiser (my previous vehicle)."

17 people out of 27 found this review helpful

great trip mobile

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great ride!!"

Cons: "need more cup holders"

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

"I bought this suv for travel and overall quality. It has not failed to meet my needs. A VERY comfortable ride with enough room for three adults to travel including my golf gear. The only thing I did wrong was fail to get the nav system when I bought it. That will change on my next purchase. The car has two very minor negatives-- mpg and interior space design. The mpg is a steady23-24 on highway, and I would have liked a bit more cabin storage around the driver, especially a cup holder in the door. Overall, I am very happy with this car"

8 people out of 16 found this review helpful

By far the best vehicle I have ever owned!

By on Sunday, June 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,100

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quality ride, fun to drive, great for long trips."

Cons: "Overly reflective windshield and rear blind spots."

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

"After a full year with the car, I am still surprised each day by the quality of this vehicle. The build quality and the driving dynamics of such a large vehicle are truly amazing. The vehicle has outstanding breaks, very good acceleration and I have found the CVT transmission to be noise free and quite amazing, especially in the mountains. We have averaged 25 mpg over the 14100 miles we have driven. The seats are comfortable and supportive. The multi-zone climate control is flawless. The stereo system is high-quality and quite enjoyable. The only deficiencies I have observed are vision related. The inside of the windshield is overly reflective, especially early in the morning or late in the evening. The vehicle also has large blind spots to the rear. The free maintenance which was included with the vehicle is also quite nice. It came with the added security of knowing the vehicle was inspected by factory mechanics every couple of months. I thoroughly love this vehicle and would readily purchase another."

20 people out of 29 found this review helpful

Decent car

By on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfortable, spacious"

Cons: "big blind spot on pass. side, poor gas mileage"

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

"I like this car but not enough to say I love it. It seems like the girl you ALMOST marry, but leave at the altar. It would probably be a better car if I had a family to transport or groceries to buy from a big box outlet every week. I live in NYC and while the car is reliable and comfortable, it's turning radius, pick up and driveability leave something to be desired. However, since I put big new tires on it-the ride is better."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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