Nissan Murano SUV Review

“SHIFT_the way you move”. It’s not only Nissan’s slogan, but the inspiration behind its newly redesigned and re-engineered 2010 Nissan Murano SUV.

First released in 2003, the Murano SUV is today competitively priced between $28,050 – $38,180. With many luxurious standard features, it’s no wonder this crossover has often been described as “revolutionary”. Sporty and chic, the Murano stands in a class of its own with the look of an off-road vehicle, designed for an urban lifestyle.

Nissan Murano SUV


The 2010 Murano crossover flaunts sleeker lines and bold headlight clusters. Available in S, SL, and LE, Murano comes in front- or all-wheel drive and combines the comfort of a luxury car with the power of a truck.

Attractive and affordable, the 2010 is not distinctively different than its 2009 predecessor, which was a finalist for Kelley Blue Book’s Redesigned Vehicle Award.

Design
Available in double-stitched leather, aluminum, or wood trim, the Murano’s stylish interior offers a standard six-CD changer and MP3 jack with some incredible optional features.

Along with Bose® premium audio, XM Satellite Radio, and DVD entertainment system, drivers can add on heated seats, rain-sense wipers, a navigation and rearview camera display, and a 9-inch backseat DVD screen. Privacy glass comes standard along with front and rear stabilizer bars and vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering.

On the Inside

Nissan’s renowned 3.5-liter, DOHC 24-valve V-6 engine produces 240 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and has been on Ward’s Top Ten Engines list for 13 years. This low-emissions engine achieves 20-25 mpg and features a standard keyless entry push-button start.

The multi-point fuel injection system guarantees a more precise delivery of fuel which improves cylinder-to-cylinder distribution, thereby allowing the vehicle to consume much less energy than it would with a carburetor.

Going for a Drive
Murano’s second generation advanced Xtronic CVT™ (continuously variable transmission) ensures a smooth ride while promoting better acceleration and an mpg rating that puts it in the top half of its class for fuel efficiency.

The four-wheel independent suspension complements its sharp reflexes and overall excellent handling characteristics. Stopping on a dime is effortless with antilock disc brakes with BrakeAssist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and standard rear window and LED taillights allow ease in reversibility.

Optional features include a roof rack, power lift gate, bi-xenon headlights, and power moon roof. Drivers have extensive towing possibilities with Murano’s 35 cubic feet of storage and a 3,500 pound towing capacity.

Safety
2010 Nissan Murano received the highest IICS ratings for front- side- and rear-impact evaluations, as well as a 5-star rating for side-impact crash safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In addition to standard front- and side- impact air bags, all Murano models come equipped with active head restraints and an electronic stability system with traction control. Side curtain airbags are also included for rollover protection.

With such remarkable standard features, impeccable safety ratings, and an affordable cost, it’s no wonder the Murano has received notable reviews. An innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicle, this crossover is sure to turn heads while changing the way we think about driving.

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