2009 Nissan Murano

– Based on Altima platform as before- Evolutionary design makes it instantly identifiable- All-new interior has many Infiniti cues- V-6 engine, CVT- Available twenty-inch tires

Nissan design chief Shiro Nakamura says:”The front of the new Murano has a high technology feeling, highlighted by the four projector-beam lamps. The ‘angle strap’ surrounding the grille is a strong Nissan design element also found in the new Rogue and in the [European-market] Qashqai.”

We say:The interior is a big step up from the first-generation Murano’s, but the exterior, while clearly that of a Murano, is a blah-looking, big, bulbous shape accented by ridiculously huge badging.