2012 Nissan Murano

S FWD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6

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2012 Nissan Murano
2012 Nissan Murano
When the Murano debuted in 2003, hip and trendy crossovers were still a relatively new paradigm. Fast forward to 2012, and numerous other stylish crossovers merit cross-shopping with the Nissan. The Murano, however, is an agreeable choice for buyers who want a sensible mid-size SUV with a dose of style. All the exterior creases and angles make for a pleasing design, even if the masculine styling is starting to look dated after eight years on the market. A wide chrome-and-mesh grille and triangular headlights make a smart impression from the front, with rounded-triangle taillights and a roof spoiler that accentuates the Murano's rear. Passenger and luggage space are surprisingly generous, and thanks to a 2009 redesign, the quality of the interior materials has been improved. The seats are especially plush and comfortable. The dashboard layout is simple in both design and usability. There is plenty of room for carrying bulky items when the rear seats are folded, although the lift-over height is relatively high. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine and the continuously variable transmission provide smooth, powerful acceleration while returning decent fuel economy. Both front- and all-wheel-drive configurations are available. Tech options like touch-screen navigation and a Bose sound system are easy to use; a DVD player with screens mounted in the front-seat headrests also is available. Even though it's one of the oldest vehicles in its segment, the Murano still feels like a fresh, smart crossover.
2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Front Three Quarter
To cope with the high value of the Japanese Yen, Nissan may move production of its Murano crossover and Murano CrossCabriolet convertible from Japan to Tennessee. Automotive News reports that when a new version of the Murano is launched in 2014, Nissan could start building American-spec versions of it at the Nissan's factory in Smyrna, Tennessee. Nissan builds about 90 percent of all Muranos sold worldwide in Japan, with the remaining ten percent split between plants in Russia and China. The high value of the Japanese Yen, however, means it's becoming less and less profitable for Nissan to export Japanese-made cars to other countries. That's especially problematic for selling the Murano in the U.S., as the Dollar-Yen exchange rate eats at the car's profit margins. The Murano is Nissan's seventh most-popular model here, selling 35,637 units so far this year, up 4.2 percent from the first eight months of 2011. Nissan admits to the problem of selling Japanese-built cars outside its homeland, but struggles with an official goal of maintaining domestic production of at one million units annually. Despite the desire to protect its own nation's workforce, Nissan seems to recognize that it must reconsider shifting production. "With the Yen stubbornly close to record highs first seen after the 2008 financial crisis, it's never been tougher for the nation's auto and electronics manufacturers to produce competitively at home," the company said in a press release. The Smyrna, Tennessee factory already builds the Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Pathfinder, and Rogue, plus the Infiniti JX35. Nissan also has a plant in Canton, Mississippi that assembles the Altima, Armada, Frontier, NV, Sentra, Titan, and Xterra. Sources: Automotive News, Nissan
2012 Nissan Murano Front Left View
First introduced in 2003, the Nissan Murano was on the vanguard of the move to crossovers, with buyers not so much coming out of SUVs but passenger cars. Trailing in its wake came the Toyota Venza, the Ford Edge, and the Honda Crosstour, to name a few. Redesigned for 2009, the Murano's styling became more, well, pronounced -- with a pointy, shovel-faced grille and a rounded rear -- but it retained the same general proportions.
2012 Nissan Murano LE AWD Front Left View
I like the fact that, when I got in the Murano, the ergonomics were all so transparent. I needed to adjust the sideview mirrors, and my left hand went up to the door panel and immediately found an easy-to-use twist dial for adjusting the mirrors. I needed to adjust the steering wheel, and my left hand immediately found a power tilt-and-telescope button on the left side of the steering column. I needed to adjust the seat, and my left hand then immediately found the seat control on the outboard edge of the seat bottom, and there was no fumbling around trying to figure out how to use it; it was immediately obvious. I wanted to turn on the seat heater, and I found the seat heater button in a microsecond. I wanted to hook up my phone to Bluetooth, and that took only about 15 seconds. These things go a long way toward everyday usability.

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2012 Nissan Murano Specifications

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3.5L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
260 hp @ 6000rpm
240 ft lb of torque @ 4400rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)

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