Like the Altima that graced our office recently, the Murano's biggest attribute is its powertrain. The Murano uses a version of the Altima's 3.5-liter V-6 but it has a lower output and is moving over 800 pounds more metal than in that car. Still, acceleration is more than adequate and, to me, Nissan's smooth CVT seems better suited here than it does in the sporty Altima.
The Murano's biggest shortcoming is its chassis. It doesn't do a very good job isolating road imperfections, and mid-corner bumps send the Murano hopping sideways. I hit some twisty two-lanes to see what the Murano could do and it completely disappointed. Quick directional changes and frequent camber variations had the Murano bobbing on its wheels.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor