The new, mid-level SV trim comes equipped with a driver's seat with power lumbar support, a seven-inch LCD screen with Nissan's RearView Monitor system, standard iPod connectivity, and Bluetooth. Step up to the SL-grade Murano and you'll get a heated steering wheel, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with integrated HomeLink and a compass. Buyers of the top-end LE trim are treated to a new wood-grain hue in the cabin.
Mechanical changes are modest as the Murano once again employs the services of Nissan's VQ-series 3.5-liter V-6, albeit with lower-rated specifications at 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque on regular-octane gasoline. The 2010 model has 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque but requires premium-octane for those numbers, and the scant drop may possibly be recouped by fueling with octane rated 91 and up. The transmission of choice continues to be Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission, driving either the front or all four wheels. Don't expect noteworthy fuel economy changes from the EPA ratings of 18 city and 23 highway mpg currently shared throughout the lineup.
Should you find yourself drawn to the revised Murano, it can be had at dealers starting mid-October. With its S, SV, SL, and LE trims, the fashionable crossover continues to generate waves in the auto industry, just as it did when it first arrived.