The stylish influence of Nissan’s French partner Renault was obvious when the Murano appeared in 2003. A crossover SUV that shared a platform with the Altima, the Murano featured edgy design—inside and out.
An update for 2009 improved the quality of interior materials, which hadn’t matched the promise of the first generation’s stunning good looks. The Murano’s performance, however, needed little improvement. The second generation continues with a 3.5-liter V6 that now produces 260 horsepower, up only slightly from the previous rating of 245.