Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 24, 2008

Summary

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
Model lineup:Nissan Murano S ($26,330), Murano SL, ($27,880), Murano LE ($35,910)
Engines:265-hp 3.5-liter ohv 12-valve V6
Transmissions:4-speed automatic overdrive
Safety equipment (standard):frontal airbags
Safety equipment (optional):side air curtain
Basic warranty:3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in:Japan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Nissan Murano SL AWD ($29,480)
Standard equipment:air conditioning, AM/FM/CD player, power windows, power mirrors, power locks, six-way power driver seat
Options as tested (MSPR):Convenience Package ($550); Navigation System ($1,850); Technology Package ($1,900); DVD ($1,600); Dual Panel Moonroof ($1,170)
Destination charge:$745
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$37295
Layout:all-wheel drive
Engine:3.5-liter dohc 24-valve V6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):265 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):248 @ 4400
Transmission:Continuously Variable Transmission
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:18/23 mpg
Wheelbase:111.1 in.
Length/width/height:188.5/74.1/67.0 in.
Track, f/r:63.3/63.4 in.
Turning circle:39.4 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.1/54.8/43.6 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:39.4/55.4/36.3 in.
Cargo volume:64.5 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:3500 Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, MacPherson strut, solid stabilizer bar
Suspension, r:independent, multi-link, coil springs, tubular stabilizer bar
Ground clearance:7.4 in.
Curb weigth:4029 lbs.
Tires:P235/65R18
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, EBD
Fuel capacity:21.7 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 24, 2008.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-4ANISSAN - www.nissanusa.com