Nissan Murano

As rough and tough as its namesake.

Nissan‘s first crossover vehicle, the Murano, is named after Venetian art glass, which seems appropriate. This is not an off-roader but a tall wagon that’s more art house than roadhouse. That’s not to say the Murano doesn’t strike us as a useful addition to the market or a smart piece of engineering. Based on the FF-L (front-engine, front-wheel-drive, large) platform underpinning the current Altima and the next Maxima, the Murano goes on sale in November. Competitors include vehicles such as the {{{Toyota Highlander}}} and the {{{Buick Rendezvous}}}. The Murano uses Nissan’s corporate 3.5-liter V-6 to make its 240 horsepower. This engine will be mated to a continuously variable transmission, with an available “seven-speed” manual-shift mode. Other options include skid control, adjustable pedals, and, of course, all-wheel drive.

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EPA MPG:

21 City / 28 Hwy

Cargo (Std/Max):

32 / 67 cu. ft.

Seating:

5/5