There is a huge number of competent, comfortable, convenient and roomy crossover SUVs available on the American market for 2009. We think the new Nissan Murano ranks right up there with the best of them. We like the Murano very much, inside and out. It's good looking, easy to use, reasonably powerful, and won't use up all your money on gasoline.
Jim McCraw filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com after his test drive of a Murano SL outside Scottsdale, Arizona.
Model Line Overview
Nissan Murano S ($26,330), Murano SL, ($27,880), Murano LE ($35,910)
265-hp 3.5-liter ohv 12-valve V6
4-speed automatic overdrive
Safety equipment (standard):
Safety equipment (optional):
side air curtain
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Nissan Murano SL AWD ($29,480)
air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, six-way power driver seat
Options as tested (MSRP):
Convenience Package ($550); Navigation System ($1,850); Technology Package ($1,900); DVD ($1,600); Dual Panel Moonroof ($1,170)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
265 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
248 @ 4400
Continuously Variable Transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
64.5 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut, solid stabilizer bar
independent, multi-link, coil springs, tubular stabilizer bar
vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 24, 2008.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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