Nissan first introduced the Murano in 2003. This sport utility vehicle was not the typical SVU. Many of the different manufacturers were putting out the same body style, same look and they all were sort of boxy looking. So when the Murano came along it was a refreshing change. The Murano also had something else a little different. The transmission was a CVT (continuously variable transmission unlike others with gears for their automatic transmission.
The 2009 has been stretched out a little in length and height. The fender flares are larger on the 2009 model and the back window is larger. For the first time ever 20-inch wheels are made available as well as a two panel moon roof.
The concentration was focused on keeping the same feel of the Murano for drivers but making the ride much more comfortable. The 2009 Murano Crossover’s use of alloy in the suspension make up has improved the lightness by about 20 to 30 percent. The 3.5 liter V-6 engine gets a decent gas mileage with 20 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on highway travel. These estimates are for the two wheel model and the four wheel mpg will only drop about 1 mpg.
The Nissan Murano has decided to stay with the two rows of seats but in the more expensive models there is a 60/40 seat. This seat can be either put down of lifted up with the flip of a button. A power lift gate is also available. With six airbags and a pushbutton ignition the Murano has made a nice comfortable vehicle which put an emphasis on safety as well.
The 2009 Nissan Murano Crossover handles well in curves and surprisingly quiet despite the gearless transmission. This is especially evident when accelerating. The acceleration is good as well. The energy of the Murano is evident when accelerating at highway speed. When compared with other autos with automatic transmissions the Murano either meets or exceeds the reaction time of these vehicles.
The interior is quite comfortable and the side bolstering is another feature that tends to help when taking the long and winding way around. The models which have navigation systems seem to be fairly average in size although they are mounted on the dashboard and easy for everyone to see.
The Murano is manufactured in Japan. The choice of two wheel or four wheel drive is your preference. The addition of speed sensing steering is another feature that is appreciated by drivers. The Murano was not produced in 2008 so this debut with a few changes should be a welcome addition to the car market this year. The price range is from $26,330 to $35, 910 fully equipped.