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Nissan Murano

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Nissan Murano
Nissan
aka
Production 2003-Present
Class Mid-size crossover SUV
Body Style Five door wagon
Length 187.6 in
Width 74.0 in
Height 66.5 in
Wheelbase 111.2 in
Weight 3,851-3,996 lbs
Transmission Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) with 6-speed manual mode
Engine 3.5 liter DOHC V6
Power 240 hp @ 5800 RPM
244 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
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Designer Shiro Nakamura

The Nissan Murano is a near-luxury mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Nissan Motors which began retail sales in the 2003 model year, originally as the top-of-the-line SUV, which was larger than the Pathfinder, but the Armada took over from the Murano as the top SUV in the Nissan lineup for 2004. Designed at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California, it is based on the Nissan FF-L platform used by the Maxima and the third-generation Altima. The Murano is currently slotted between the compact Xterra and mid-size Pathfinder models, since the Pathfinder surpassed the Murano in size for the 2005 model year. Currently, it is the only Nissan crossover SUV sold in the United States, where it became Nissan's best-selling SUV, knocking the Pathfinder off the top spot.

The Murano was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year award for 2003. It was also named the best premium midsize SUV by AutoPacific. The vehicle itself is notable for being one of the largest vehicles available with a continuously variable transmission. Most luxuries expected in a car are standard kit in the Murano. The engine, a 3.5L 245-hp V6, comes straight out of the Nissan 350Z and is specially tuned for the Murano. The "All-Mode 4x4 with ESP+" is a form of traction control embedded into the car's onboard computer and is designed to provide 'joy' to drive. The car is available with 4-wheel drive and has 4-wheel independent suspension. A luxury feature of the car is a rear-view camera in addition to a rear-view mirror. A full set of airbags, steel reinforced cabin, and head restraints are safety features designed to protect the interior whilst ESP, ABS, EBD and brake assist are mechanical safety features.

See Wikicars' comprehensive Nissan Murano Review.

Contents

Recent Changes

  • The 2010 LA Auto Show hosted the debut of the Murano CrossCabriolet. Essentially a Murano with only 2-doors and the top lopped off, it features AWD, Nissan's award-winning 3.5 litre V6 which makes 265 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque, second-generation Xtronic CVT, 7.6 cubic feet of storage space that expands to 12.3 cubic feet with the top up, heated steering wheel, seat memory, Bose sound system, and a choice between a Camel-toned leather interior with a black top or a Cashmere interior with a brown top.[1]


  • Following the European market Murano's facelift, the USDM version will also be getting its own variation on the freshened fascia. [2]
  • For 2011, the Murano gets a significant mid-cycle front fascia facelift in order to accommodate the cooling needs of a new 2.5 litre diesel four-pot engine it will offer in Europe. This new mill is expected to account for over 90% of Murano sales in Europe. It produces 190 hp and 331.9 lb-ft of torque and returns 35.3mpg UK (8.0lt/100km or 29.4mpg US) economy in the combined cycle and 210g/km CO2 emissions. In the UK, the oil-burner will come equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels, power tailgate and colour rear and kerbside cameras and a navigation system with 7" touch screen, HDD 9.3 Gb music server, ipod, Bluetooth and aux connectivity combined with premium 11 speaker BOSE system, fitted as standard. The 2.5 dCi starts at £37,795 OTR.
  • The aging Nissan Murano is set to be replaced with an all-new generation at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 17, 2007. Sales will start in the US Domestic Market during the First Quarter of 2008. As of November 10, however, possible images of the 2009 Murano have leaked into the internet. It is not yet confirmed if they are genuine but lack of evidence or clues to the contrary give them a good chance of being the real thing. [3][4]

Styles and Major Options

The Nissan Murano comes in 3 available trims (S, SE, and SL). Each trim comes standard with a 3.5 DOHC 24-valve V6 engine.

Murano S comes equipped with:

  • 245-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine
  • Xtronic CVT (Continously Variable Transmission)
  • 18" Aluminum-alloy wheels
  • Dual-zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Information center with 7.0" monitor
  • Power windows and door locks

The Murano SL adds on the following features to the S:

  • 10-way power driver`s seat
  • HomeLink® Universal Transceiver
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass
  • Fog lights
  • Auto on/off headlights
  • RearView Monitor

The Murano SE adds on the following features to the SL:

  • All-Wheel Drive
  • 18" Aluminum-alloy sport wheels
  • Dark silver-color lower rear bumper
  • 6-speed manual mode on CVT
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • HID bi-xenon headlights

Pricing

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MODEL Trims (AWD +$1600)
S SV SL LE
MSRP
$28,500 $31,910 $35,450 $37,540
Invoice
$Price1 $Price2 $Price3 $Price4

Gas Mileage

As seen on the FuelEconomy.gov website, the City/Highway MPG averages are as follows:

Murano Trim

Front Wheel Drive Models

All Wheel Drive Models

MPG

20/25

19/24

Reliability

  • RECALL ALERT: On March 10, 2008, Nissan issued a recall affecting 16,365 MY 2008 Infiniti EX35 and MY 2009 Nissan Murano vehicles due to incorrect software programming of the airbag control unit (ACU) which could result in the passenger airbag failing to deploy in a crash.[5]
  • RECALL ALERT: On Oct 15 2008, Nissan issued a recall affecting 200,000 Nissans including all 2007 and 2008 Muranos due to a faulty front passenger side airbag sensor that could fail to detect the presence of a passenger, thus, preventing the deployment of the airbag. Owners are urged to contact 1-800-647-7261 or their nearest dealer to get the system replace free of charge. [6]
  • RECALL ALERT: On May 21 2009, Nissan issued a recall alert affecting 362,891 MY 2003-2007 Nissan Muranos (first generation) due to the air intake ducts which may shrink and separate from the resonator, causing the engine to stall and, possibly, crash. Affected owners are urged to contact their Nissan service representative for a free inspection and/or repair or they can contact Nissan directly at 1-800-647-7261. This recall is filed under NHTSA Campaign ID number 09V169000. [7]

Safety

Safety features standard on the Nissan Murano include:

  • Nissan Advanced Air Bag System with dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors and occupant classification sensor
  • Driver and front-passenger side-impact supplemental airbags
  • Roof-mounted curtain supplemental airbags for side-impact and rollover protection for front and rear-seat occupant head protection
  • 3-point ALR/ELR front-passenger seat belt system (ELR for driver)
  • Front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters
  • Active front-seat head restraints
  • Three rear-seat head restraints
  • LATCH System (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren)
  • Energy-absorbing steering column
  • Zone Body construction with front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams

Photos

Murano CrossCabriolet


Colors

Exterior

  • Brilliant Silver Metallic
  • Chardonnay
  • Glacier Pearl
  • Merlot Pearl
  • Midnight Blue Pearl
  • Platinum Pearl Metallic
  • Sunset Red Pearl Metallic
  • Super Black

Interior

  • Cafe Latte
  • Charcoal

Main Competitors

Hybrid Models


Unique Attributes


Interior

This section should include information on the interior's design, build quality, ergonomics, space (head and legroom, front and rear), features, stowage compartments and overall comfort and livability. Add pictures wherever applicable and keep information in a third-person point of view.


Resale Values

Murano Model Year

2006

2005

2004

2003

MPG

$27,600 - $31,700

$25,800 - $28,875

$25,075 - $27,075

$23,675 - $25,600

Criticisms

Generations

Current Generation (2009-present)

Murano CrossCabriolet
Murano CrossCabriolet

Nissan skipped the 2008 model year with the introduction of the next generation Murano – as a 2009 model. The 2009 Murano made its public debut at the 2007 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and sales began in early January 2008.

The revised exterior styling bears an increased family resemblance to the Rogue, while still maintaining distinctly Murano cues with its aggressive front fascia and rear quarter windows. The interior has also been completely redesigned, with the use of a more traditional instrument cluster and notably higher-quality materials. [8]

The 2009 Murano is offered in three trim levels: the base S, the mid-grade SL, and the top of the line LE. The performance-oriented SE model is no longer available. The S and SL are offered with standard i-AWD (Intuitive All-Wheel Drive), with optional FWD available. The LE trim is AWD only.

New features, some of them optional or available only on the LE grade, include rain-sensing wipers, power rear lift gate, power fold-up rear seats, iPod integration, and a hard-drive based, touchscreen navigation system. The S and SL feature aluminum interior accents, while the LE sports wood-tone trim. Like the first-generation model, there is no third-row seat.

The Murano is now based on the Nissan D platform shared with the fourth generation Nissan Altima and the new 2009 Nissan Maxima. Nissan has given the 2009 Murano a revised version of the award-winning 3.5L VQ engine rated at 265 hp, an increase of 20 over the previous model. Torque is rated at 248 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a revised Continuously Variable Transmission with Adaptive Shift Control. EPA fuel economy is rated at 18 City / 23 Highway.[9]

Standard safety features on all trims include 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, brake-assist, and electronic brake-force distribution; electronic stability control; and front, side-, and side-curtain airbags. The NHTSA awarded the Murano 4 stars on the frontal crash test and 5 stars for side impacts.[10]


First Generation/Origins (2002-2007)

First Generation Nissan Murano
First Generation Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano is named after a group of Italian islands near Venice. Much like Murano glass from which it gets its name, this crossover SUV from Nissan shares in painstaking craftmanship, warmth, and beauty. The Murano also keeps true to the tagline, "SHIFT_design," as it doesn't follow the conventional SUV body structure and design concepts. Focused on driving performance and inspired by the theme, "sculpture in motion," the exterior styling expresses SUV strength in the lower body and sport sedan-like openness in the cabin.

Models powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine are fitted with Nissan's XTRONIC CVT-M6 continuously variable transmission with a 6-speed manual shift mode. This combination delivers powerful driving performance, supported by ample torque output, with the vehicle dynamics of a sport sedan. The Murano has received numerous awards and accolades in the North American market, where approximately 80,000 units have been sold since it was rolled out in December 2002. Many customers in Japan have also expressed interest in the Murano following its display as a reference model at the Tokyo Motor Show in October last year.

Worldwide


Design quirks and oddities


Awards

  • 2003 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study 2nd winner (Mid-size SUV)

See also


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