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Since its inception, the Murano has evolved in small—but significant—ways. The crossover's curvaceous exterior hasn’t changed much since the vehicle appeared just over a decade ago, but Nissan has spent those years loading the interior with new technology, trim levels and options. The 2013 model continues this trend with several notable safety features like a lane-departure warning system, rear cross-path detection and a blind-spot detector.
The Murano has a robust 3.5-liter engine producing 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. More importantly, a wonderfully designed continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) sends power to the front wheels. All-wheel drive is available as an option. The Murano produces a respectable 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway—not bad for a crossover SUV with a V6.
An elegant and comfortable interior pales somewhat when compared to the Murano's competition. The simply designed front console isn't stylish, but is remarkably easy to understand and use. Interior materials are of high quality, and there’s a respectable amount of legroom. Reclining rear seats are among the Murano's nicest features. With 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space—64 cubic feet with split seats folded flat—the Murano is adaptable and versatile.
In nearly every respect, the Murano delivers one the best driving experiences in its class. The engine is powerful and quick, the steering responsive and sharp; a sport-tuned suspension handles the road extremely well, and its CVT outshines most automatic transmissions.
The top-level LE and has all of an SL's plus: xenon headlights, heated rear seats, wood trim on the interior, 20-inch alloy wheels, and power tilt and telescoping steering.
Options include the Platinum Edition package, which adds 20-inch alloy wheels and upgraded paint to the SL Navigation package.
A 3.5-liter V6 with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque powers the base Murano S. Standard features include: 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, keyless ignition, a 7-inch control screen, cruise control, split rear seats that recline, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auxiliary input jack, a six-disc CD changer, a six speaker sound system, and tilt and telescoping steering.
Safety features include stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes and an array of airbags.
The Murano SL includes upgrades like: a panoramic sunroof, leather interior, heated front seats, rain-sensing wipers, power-return rear seats, a heated steering wheel, driver’s seat memory, an auto dimming rearview mirror, a power lift gate, and a nine-speaker Bose audio system with digital storage.
The optional Navigation Package contains features from the Value Package plus a lane departure warning system, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-path detection system.
The SV transforms the 7-inch display screen into a color screen and adds: a rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, fog lights, automatic headlights, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, four-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, and an upgraded audio system with an interactive iPod interface.
The optional Value Package adds a power liftgate, a navigation system and voice controls for Bluetooth; it also upgrades speakers to a Bose audio system.
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|Build & Price|
2014 Nissan Murano$22,995 | 12,480 mi
2013 Nissan Murano$22,993 | 28,754 mi
2013 Nissan Murano$26,495 | 12,667 mi
2013 Nissan Murano$31,500 | 7,969 mi
2012 Nissan Murano$23,995 | 29,541 mi
2012 Nissan Murano$29,990 | 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$21,955 | 34,498 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$15,995 | 92,567 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$17,950 | 95,369 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$18,378 | 46,594 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$18,434 | 78,171 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$19,900 | 81,687 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$20,995 | 88,537 mi
2009 Nissan Murano$22,999 | 47,997 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$10,799 | 101,619 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$13,977 | 109,809 mi
2007 Nissan Murano$13,997 | 92,709 mi
2006 Nissan Murano$9,986 | 112,252 mi
2006 Nissan Murano$14,995 | 105,742 mi
2005 Nissan Murano$12,977 | 95,961 mi
2005 Nissan Murano$13,988 | 98,947 mi
2004 Nissan Murano$8,922 | 114,319 mi
2004 Nissan Murano$12,995 | 78,485 mi
2003 Nissan Murano$8,995 | no mileage
2003 Nissan Murano$11,988 | 91,781 mi
A plethora of features and options packed into a pleasurable driving experience, but four-cylinder is standard and transmission is slow at times.
Large interior, fantastic engine, and pleasant to drive, but fuel economy is lower than expected
Attractive V6 engine with an upgrade to a V8, and great off-road capabilities, but optional systems are expensive
Fun drive, great interior design and solid reliability, but long and unwieldy in tight spaces