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Even the base Murano S comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, reclining and split-folding rear seat, keyless entry and start, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and alloy wheels. Moving up to SV adds a panoramic sunroof, backup camera, Bluetooth and iPod integration. SL models get leather seats, power liftgate, heated front seats and steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers. The top-of-the-line LE boasts power adjustment for the steering wheel, 20-inch alloy wheels, heated rear seat and Xenon lights. Optional on SL and LE is a navigation system with streaming audio and traffic and weather.
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The Ford Edge boasts a wide engine lineup, from a standard 3.5-liter V6 to a fuel-efficient turbo four-cylinder and 3.7-liter V6. The Edge also offers high-tech features like MyFord Touch. But MyFord Touch complicates controls and the powertrains aren't as refined as the Nissan's. The Toyota Venza offers both a four-cylinder and a V6, as well as Toyota's Entune infotainment system, but isn't as spacious inside and actually costs more than the three-row Highlander. The Subaru Outback comes with standard all-wheel drive and is also available with four and six-cylinder engines. But the Outback's utilitarian styling isn't as appealing as the Murano's and the interior quality is more agricultural. The Dodge Journey offers a third row seat for additional passengers and has the useful UConnect Touch infotainment system, but its interior isn't as nicely finished as the Nissan's and the styling is fairly bland.
The Nissan Murano stands out among two-row crossovers because it offers daring styling and a long list of features that would look more at home in a premium branded vehicle, even an Infiniti. The Murano also has lots of room for five passengers and their cargo and it provides a comfortable driving experience thanks to a refined powertrain. And the list of standard features is more generous than many of its competitors, as it comes equipped with modern conveniences like keyless entry and start and dual-zone automatic climate control. If space and refinement are at the top of the priority list, and the price of luxury crossovers makes you balk, the Murano should be given a hard look.
The LE comes standard with features that rival equipment lists on most premium crossovers. Standard 20-inch alloy wheels distinguish the LE from other Muranos. Also included are xenon headlights, a heated rear seat, power adjustment for the steering wheel and wood trim inside. The Platinum Edition Package includes the navigation system and adds different 20-inch wheels and a rear bumper protection plate. The DVD Entertainment System is also optional.
The S includes most features crossover buyers look for in this segment. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, power windows, locks and mirrors, keyless entry and start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control and a six-speaker audio system with AUX input and 7-inch screen. Bluetooth is optional.
SL trim opens buyers up to more advanced features. Standard items include leather seats, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power liftgate and a 9-speaker Bose audio system with hard drive music storage. An optional Navigation Package includes a 7-inch touchscreen hard drive-based system with voice activation. SiriusXM traffic and weather is included with the package, as is Bluetooth streaming audio. A rear-seat entertainment system with screens mounted in the back of front headrests is also optional.
The SV builds on the standard equipment offered on the S with more comfort features to keep the driver and passengers happy. Automatic headlamps are included, as are foglights. A panoramic roof, roof rack, power driver's and front passenger's seats, 7-inch color dash screen with backup camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio and full iPod integration are also standard.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Nissan Murano$22,995 | 12,480 mi
2013 Nissan Murano$26,495 | 12,667 mi
2013 Nissan Murano$31,895 | 7,969 mi
2012 Nissan Murano$23,995 | 29,541 mi
2012 Nissan Murano$29,993 | 18,661 mi
2011 Nissan Murano$21,833 | 28,611 mi
2011 Nissan Murano$26,888 | 39,225 mi
2010 Nissan Murano$19,999 | 87,529 mi
2010 Nissan Murano$22,955 | 34,498 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$15,990 | 80,784 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$16,977 | 96,014 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$17,994 | 50,960 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$18,950 | 95,369 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$19,179 | 78,171 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$19,900 | 81,687 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$10,888 | 120,099 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$10,977 | 101,619 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$11,995 | 134,562 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$13,997 | 92,709 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$15,888 | 59,702 mi
2006 Nissan Murano$10,986 | 112,252 mi
2005 Nissan Murano$10,991 | 79,154 mi
2005 Nissan Murano$12,977 | 95,961 mi
2004 Nissan Murano$8,922 | 114,319 mi
2004 Nissan Murano$12,995 | 78,485 mi
2003 Nissan Murano$6,998 | 132,870 mi
2003 Nissan Murano$8,995 | no mileage
2003 Nissan Murano$11,988 | 91,781 mi
More-economical four-cylinder, but lacks the overall refinement.
Spacious and stylish, but some interior quality issues.
Standard all-wheel drive and less expensive, but lacks the Murano's style and quality.
Available third-row and user-friendly UConnect system, but doesn't have a premium feel.