Nissan Murano

Car Review: Nissan Murano (Second Generation 2007-2014)

Nissan have always been on the creative edge when it comes to car design and the Murano is no exception. It’s stylish, comfortable, and handles well. There is also a stack of raving reviews, so why haven’t you got one yet? Let’s take a closer look and find out what all the fuss is about.

Nissan Murano

The Good

1. Available as a straight 4-door Crossover SUV or 2-door ‘CrossCabriolet’

2. Precise, reactive steering and handling

3. Unique concept-car styling and user-friendly controls

4. Responsive Power-train

5. Optional navigation system gets real-time traffic and weather, a Zagat restaurant guide and Bluetooth streaming audio

6. Notable for its comfort – easily soaking up bumps and potholes

7. Available in a 2.5 liter 4-cylinder gasoline or diesel engine, or 3.5 liter V6 gasoline powered motor

8. High-quality cabin and spacious reclining backseats with plenty of head and legroom – even in the ‘CrossCabriolet’

9. Optional All-Wheel Drive available on all models

10. Top-of-the-range LE trim boosts the comfort level with heated rear seats, wood-tone trim and All-Wheel Drive as standard

11. Multiple optional packages were available including the Touring, Leather, Moonroof, 360 Degree Value, Technology & Navigation, and Premium Packages

12. Auto-lift rear gate and iPod integration

13. High ride height (not too high you have to step up though) making it easy to get into

Nissan Murano

The Bad

1. Less cargo space than its rivals

2. Rear visibility compromised by thick rear side pillars

3. Lacks a third row of seats for extra passengers although could be a good thing if not needed

4. The larger 3.5 liter engine will be thirsty for gas

5. The convertible soft top will close with a definite bang

6. Not easy to get into or out of the rear seats in the CrossCabriolet  

The Essentials

If you are thinking of purchasing a second-generation Murano, either opt for one that has the rearview camera installed or look for the LE (Luxury Edition) model. This will help any rear vision issues. It is also important to give the transmission a thorough workout when test driving to highlight any drive-ability issues it may have such as shuddering, jerking, hesitating, or surging. Nissan recommends changing the CVT transmission oil every 60,000 miles and regular servicing every 6,000 miles. They also recommend using ‘Premium’ gas. This ensures the continued performance and reliability of the car. Shop around for a mechanic who specializes in Nissan for optimum service specific to the Murano.     

The Alternatives

Jeep Grand Cherokee (2011-2015), Ford Edge (2007-2015)

The Verdict

8 out of 10

As far as the whole package is concerned, Nissan has pulled one out of the hat with the Murano. Even the CVT (Continuously Variable automatic Transmission) is one of the best on the market, reacting quickly to throttle input. You can get a good deal on one under $10,000 with less than 100,000 miles on the speedometer, but they don’t stay on the used car market for long. So if you find one you’re keen on, make your move sooner than later.

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