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For 2010, Nissan's Intelligent Key keyless entry and start is made standard, while the SL trim gains roof rails and a security system. Murano LE models now features a standard dual panel sunroof and can be ordered for the first time with front-wheel drive.
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.
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.