The mid-size crossover SUV Nissan Murano successfully fulfills its purpose in that category. Be ready to spend, as prices are a bit steep, with an estimated range between $27,500 and $37,700. Ranked 9th in the Affordable Midsize SUV category of US News & World Report, estimated mileage is 18/23. With an overall score of 8.3, the exterior received the lowest rating (7.3), and interior the highest (8.6).
Reviewers compliment the comfort and look of the car’s interior, with perks such as interior mood and welcome lighting and practical technology (entertainment system, iPod design). Airbags are plentiful (more than required), and this year’s model should not have safety issues in the federal government crash tests if taken into account the satisfactory results of the 2010 test. Included as a safety bonus is TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system, with updated information about the amount of air in the tires. Other safety inclusions are front head restraints and antilock brakes with brake assist. Reviewers rave about the Murano 2011’s performance, with its responsiveness, impressive acceleration, and overall easy maneuvering. The exterior, however, still harbors complaints in comparison to others of its class.
Stability is a priority for Nissan, with the Murano having Adaptive Shift Control, CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission), antilock disc brakes, and traction controls. Its five seats are spacious enough that the third-row available in other vehicles is not missed, and cargo space if plentiful, making it a likely choice for families. One of the main extra features available is the navigation system, with updated weather and traffic information, Bluetooth audio streaming, over 9 gigs of audio storage, and a Zagat restaurant guide.
In comparison to the previous model, the 2011 has a new bumper and grille design, a new wheel design made of aluminum-alloy in 18-inch, a new Graphite Blue exterior color, wood grain hue and position memory (remembering driver’s, steering wheel’s, and outside mirrors’ positions) on the LE models, LED tail lamps, as well as spec adjustments such as audio and entertainment features (possible DVD entertainment system and screens either on headrests or ceiling), automatic dimming rearview mirror, 7 inch color monitor with rear-view, and special lumbar support in the driver’s seat. Some of these extras are only available in the new SV trim (a total of 8 available Murano models), including the vehicle security system and a dual-pane power moon roof, heated front seats and steering wheel, leather, and rain-sensing front wipers. In an effort to reduce fuel costs, Nissan removed its premium-octane fuel recommendation.
The Murano is a good overall choice for drivers looking for an enjoyable commute and a powerful engine with satisfactory mileage consumption. The CVT is rated as one of the best in responsiveness and noise reduction, far surpassing a regular automatic transmission. Not as spacious as its competitors, price is also a downside (especially for the upper trims). Consider purchasing a used, first-generation car. If extra additions are a priority, competitor vehicles are likely cheaper. If set on the Murano, the innovativeness of the SV model will be enough to keep the model fresh for a few years, and there is no reason to wait for a 2012 version. The innovative crossover convertible model (CrossCabriolet), called by Nissan the “world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible”, released earlier this year, made many headlines and won over doubtful customers.
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