Redesigned for 2009, the Nissan Murano midsize crossover SUV matches its elegantly sculpted exterior with a highly refined interior. Stylish cues like stacked LED taillamps and optional 20-inch wheels are designed to turn heads while inside, Murano's five-passenger interior beckons with a long list of comfort and convenience features ranging from push-button ignition to dual-zone climate control. Powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that unleashes 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, the Nissan Murano is equipped with a continuously variable transmission sending power to either the front or all four wheels. Fuel economy estimates are EPA-rated at 18 mpg city and 23 mpg hwy. Nissan Murano safety features include antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, dynamic control, active front head restraints, dual-stage front air bags with seat belt sensors and occupant-classification sensor, driver- and front-passenger seat-mounted side-impact air bags and roof-mounted curtain supplemental air bags for side-impact and rollover head protection for front- and rear-seat outboard occupants.Read more Read less
The Murano was absent from Nissan's Lineup in 2008, but has returned with an all-new look for 2009. While the overall profile remains more or less the same, all exterior sheetmetal is revamped and furthers the Murano's aggressive, athletic look. Nissan's stalwart 3.5L V6 returns, but power has been upped by 25 horses to 265, while torque is up 4 ft-lbs to 248. The only transmission available is the company's second-generation continuously variable (CVT) unit, which has been tuned to better work in concert with the extra power. Physical dimensions are relatively unchanged over the 2007 model, but interior materials are improved, with a higher quality in both appearance and feel throughout the lineup. Pricing across the model range has increased from roughly $4,000 on the base S to $10,000 on the top-line LE.
Excellent, reliable Nissan 3.5L V6; stylish, aggressive design; sporty and capable handling; luxury in the top-line LE trim.
The 2009 Murano sits in a crowded crossover SUV segment, but it has no shortage of features that set it apart. The redesign is an effective evolution of the car's popular look, and Nissan's 3.5L V6 is widely regarded as one of the best powerplants in the automotive world. Coupled with the chassis it shares with the Altima, the Murano's car-like reflexes, ample power, creature comforts, and spacious interior make it the ideal candidate for getting people and cargo from Point A to Point B in a comfortable, sporty, entertaining manner.