The Murano is one of the first in the true crossover segment. It offers seating for five people. The V-6 engine offers plenty of power for a vehicle of this site and the CVT is well executed and especially suited to the engine, offering quick throttle response. The Murano launched in 2003 and came out in its second generation trim in 2009. The new model retains the over the top styling of the original. It also features multi link rear suspension and stiff chassis making it a strong handling vehicle with a very forgiving ride.

The Murano is no slouch in the power department either. Driven through either front wheel drive or all wheel drive available as an option. It’s 3.5 liter V-6 generates an impressive 265 Hp and 248 Ft. – Lbs. of torque. This is enough to take an All Wheel Drive equipped Murano from 0-60 miles per hour in 7.8 seconds. The Murano is able to return a somewhat middling 20mpg combined fuel economy.

The Murano features an impressive option list such as Xenon Headlights, one of the best IPod docks available, a rear view camera and a roof mounted DVD system are just a few of those available.

Bodystyle: SUV
Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: CVT
Models: S, SL, SV, LE

In addition to a revised front fascia, new taillamps, a fresh 18-inch wheels, the 2011 Murano inherits an SV model, which gets such features as a dual-panel moonroof, seven-inch color monitor, backup camera, eight-way power driver’s seat, USB/ iPod connectivity, satellite radio, auto on/off headlamps, and Bluetooth phone capability. Murano also receives a new color (Graphite Blue) and new IP illumination (from orange to white).

Since its debut for 2003, the Murano has always possessed dramatic, standout styling. For 2011, that trend continues with such exterior cues as sculpted bodylines, pronounced fenders, available 20-inch wheels, LED taillamps, and dual exhaust.

Murano features a “mobile suite” cabin replete with such standard or available items as navigation, backup camera, Bluetooth phone capability, and Bose audio. Both rear-seat legroom (36.3 inches) and maximum cargo capacity (64.5 cubic-feet) are generous.

The Murano’s 3.5-liter VQ-series V-6 carries on for 2011, delivering 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. Transmission duty falls to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which helps deliver 0 to 60 in around 7.0 seconds and the quarter mile in roughly 16.0. The Murano utilizes a front strut/rear multi-link suspension, and is available with front- or all-wheel drive.

Every Murano comes equipped with front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the last for outboard occupants in both rows. The Murano also gets front-seat active head restraints, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

18 mpg city/23 mpg highway

  • Robust power
  • Fun to drive
  • Flashy styling
  • Price tags can get inflated
  • Only CVT

Entertaining, stylish, and sporty crossover


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