2012 Nissan Murano SL FWD Review

Thursday February 9th, 2012 at 9:22 PM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Pros: Tidy size, Thoughtful interior, Industry best CVT transmission
Cons: Rolls on incline when in gear, Goofy valet driver’s seat

Nissan freshened the appearance of its Murano for 2011, and the same freshly scrubbed face greets you in 2012. The grill integrates better with the front fascia than before, new LED taillight clusters look like jewels, and redesigned 10 spoke alloy wheels measuring 7.5” x 18” complete the styling update. The front-wheel-drive version of this crossover is affordable, with a base price of just $36,400. This crossover SUV is utilitarian and luxurious at the same time. The utility comes from the Murano’s ability to transport five adults, with enough storage space behind the second row of seats to store their luggage as well. Dual-zone temperature control, complete with front and rear vents, acknowledges rear seat passenger comfort. But the rear windows open only part way, and the angle of the second row backrest is too vertical and non-adjustable.

If you flip the rear seatbacks flat, the Murano affords enough storage area to slide a full size bike through the power tailgate. The load floor is flat, heavily upholstered, and protected at its rear load point by ribbed stainless steel plates. The cabibn interior is an airy place thanks to the standard dual pane moonroof. Forward vision is unimpeded thanks to the sloping engine lid and large windshield. Generous second row windows plus a pair of triangular back glasses assist side vision. The tailgate glass comes complete with its own washer and wiper and provides rear vision good enough to make an available back-up camera system unnecessary.

The Murano’s V-6 engine works happily with the CVT transmission to provide sufficient power delivery for all driving occasions. The CVT never hunts for a ratio sweet spot like so many of its brethren, nor does it ever emit the annoying drone so typical of this type of gearbox. The 260hp V6 is more than strong enough to cope with the rigors of daily driving. The SL Murano will even handle a decent trailer load of 3,374 lbs. Handling on wet and dry pavement is exemplary, thanks to the all-weather tread of the mud and snow (“M+S”) rated Bridgestone Dueller H/T 265/35R18 tires. The FWD Murano makes a tidy winter package, with its aggressive traction, good exterior vision, and lovely heated front seats. Unlike so many other seat heaters, these do not automatically turn themselves off every time you shut the ignition down. This setting retention is a nice way to personalize your surroundings. Along those same lines, the Murano offers the driver a pair of memory positions for the left front seat. I could, however, live without the front seat’s proclivity to slide aft each time you enter or exit the vehicle.

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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet to Debut at 2010 LA Auto Show

Sunday November 14th, 2010 at 2:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabrioletDrop-top Drivers Can Now Bring Along 2 Bags of Luggage and their Golf Bags

The world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, delivers the open-air exhilaration of a convertible while extending the versatility of the Murano in exciting new ways. With room for four adults, space for golf bags or luggage (even with the top down), and a premium level interior, the Murano CrossCabriolet represents a breakthrough in concept and design. Set to go on sale in early 2011.

Insider sources close to the project say the 2011 Murano convertible will be produced in limited numbers, and will be targeted at empty-nesters who need room to carry the grandkids, but still want something fun. But the kids will need to pack light, as the current Murano offers just 31.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and the convertible mechanism will certainly cut into that space.

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2009 Nissan Murano Review – The Future of the Crossover

Friday August 1st, 2008 at 7:88 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

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By Holly R.



  • Decent mileage
  • Blazing acceleration
  • “Beefy” looking
  • Incredibly roomy
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • Power fold-up rear seats
  • Grocery-bag holder hidden in the rear trunk area (ingenious)


  • Drives so smoothly at higher speeds that you might end up with a lot of tickets!
  • Wimpy door pockets (advertised as “map pockets”)

The Nissan Murano has been re-designed for 2009. It’s a bit taller, slightly wider, and has increased horsepower than the previous generation Murano. The edges have been rounded out, creating a muscular, but sexy crossover vehicle. I had originally wanted a Murano when they first debuted in 2003, and I was thrilled to finally be able to drive one! It did not let me down… I’ve had so much fun driving it that I didn’t want to give it back!
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