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2009 Nissan Murano Sport Utility Crossover

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2009 Nissan Murano Sport Utility Crossover

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan Murano Sport Utility Crossover

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.

What's new for 2009?

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.

Model Strengths

  • Excellent, reliable Nissan 3.5L V6
  • stylish, aggressive design
  • sporty and capable handling
  • luxury in the top-line LE trim.

Model Review

Following a hiatus in 2008, the 2009 Nissan Murano picks up where the 2007 model left off in terms of offering lots of performance and amenities in a crossover SUV.

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3300Z Nissan has been on to a good thing with the Murano, and it's getting better. Since 2003 the Murano's upscale intentions and feast of features have nearly doubled sales. Now Nissan has evolved the Murano's hardware, design and, yes, features to class-leading levels with a significant freshening for 2009. If the off-center styling appeals, the Murano's urbane ways are sure to please.

Trim Choices
A defining member of the crossover segment, the Murano builds its SUV-like 5-door hatchback shape atop Nissan's improved D-platform, shared with the Altima sedan.

Benefitting from a relatively lightweight but now 1.5-times more rigid unibody structure, the Murano's car-based genealogy and two-row seating make it a prime people mover. Built around front-wheel drive, just over half of Murano's trim and driveline combinations actually employ computer-controlled all-wheel drive (AWD) for year-round on-pavement traction.

For 2009 (there was no '08 Murano) the same five trims reappear, all powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine mated to a continuously variable transmission. None lack for amenities, from the S to the SL and luxurious LE. Both the S and SL offer a choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or AWD, while the LE is AWD-only. Highlighting the LE's status are its exclusive 20-inch wheels; the S and SL roll on 18-inch rims.

To make sense of the many options, from heated outside mirrors to the power liftgate, Nissan groups most of them into five packages. This includes the airy dual panel moonroof on the SL and LE models. Other highlights are a power-folding rear seat and nifty pop-up cargo organizer in the rear cargo hold.

Under the Hood
Simpler to categorize is the Murano's single powertrain offering, a 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and continuously-variable transmission (CVT). Both are notably improved. The suavely sophisticated engine now employs variable valve and induction strategies, along with tweaked camshafts, twin knock sensors along with various friction reductions to rev more freely and powerfully.

Torque is not a highlight of the V6's new tuning, peaking at an almost unchanged 248 lb-ft at a relatively lofty 4400 rpm. So too the power, with 6000 rpm showing on the tach before all 265 horsepower arrive.

But this tach-happy demeanor matches the Murano's newly assertive CVT. Friction reductions up to 20 percent highlight the internal modifications, but what's noticed is the tranny's new brain. More aggressive shift speeds and improved logic replace the old slush-box feel, with a sense the transmission is happy in its work.

Inner Space
Deciding real room for five was better than cabin fever for seven, Nissan maintained the Murano's two-row seating when redecorating the interior cellar-to-cupola. Nissan's goal of retaining a sporty appeal while building sophistication was met using wood and aluminum accents, along with a contemporary instrument cluster with nested electroluminescent gauges.

On SL and LE trims the large, dual pane moonroof — only the front panel opens — lets in welcome light despite heavy tinting, while all versions benefit from theater-like "welcome lighting." No sundae-cup dome light here!

Digging deeper for the SL or LE trim does bring out the best of the all-new Murano interior. Swathed in leather with heated and power-folding seat options, along with the optional 11-speaker Bose sound setup, the up-level versions do round the edges off long distance travel. The deluxe interiors really are at Infiniti rather than Nissan levels, as evidenced by a 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive, a touch-screen nav system with available XM NavTraffic, a back-up camera and Bluetooth.

Two of our favorite options are the power-folding rear seats, activated from either the driver's position or standing near the open hatch. Likewise, the power liftgate is embarrassingly sybaritic, but amusing to watch nonetheless.

On the Road
Freshening a popular design like the Murano is tricky business, and Nissan reports considerably noodling went into maintaining the "Muranoness" of the original. They succeeded without fault, largely because of the Captain Nemo styling. A vaguely French celebration of curves, slabs and accenting lines sets a modish tone when ambling up to the surprisingly tall and flowing Murano.

Once inside, the décor is less polarizing, and driving is a serene passing of the landscape from a lofty crossover perch. Considerable effort on body and suspension isolators, inherently quiet tires and a whispering wind signature nearly eliminate occupant fatigue. Even more pleasing, the rigid chassis and supple suspension admirably combine a cushioned ride with stable, accurate steering.

Hushed power flows in the background, and the CVT transmission goes largely unnoticed. Speed adjustments at a freeway clip do jump engine rpm, but this is really just an upward swing in the tach needle. Certainly we had no complaints with response. We were also reassured by the 3500-lb tow rating — a good sign power remains when heavily loaded.

In AWD mode the Murano seems extra secure. Wired into steering and yaw sensors, the AWD system shuttles power around the two axles as necessary. Typically this means a four-wheel-drive launch, then FWD cruising, with some power to the rear tires in slippery conditions. On our easy dry-weather drive the power placement was seamless.

Our nits to pick were few. The 300ZX-derived switches at the rim of the instrument cluster are a clean design but often obscured by the steering wheel rim, and over-the-shoulder rear vision is a bit compromised by styling.

Right for You?
With its refined execution and host of features, the Murano sets a high mark for a non-luxury brand crossover. Entry pricing is $26,330 for the front-wheel-drive Murano S, with the two-wheel-drive SL enticingly close at $27,880.

Desirable options quickly cross the $30,000 threshold and into the center of the Murano market, while the no-excuses LE starts at $35,910. Distinctively styled for a strong appeal to a fashionable audience, the Murano definitely delivers the practical performance and near-luxury experience so many desire.

Longtime Road & Track contributor Tom Wilson’s credits include local racing championships, three technical engine books and hundreds of freelance articles.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Std
Rear Head side Air Bag Std
Child Safety Locks Std

Road Visibility

HID Headlights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Opt
Variable Inter. Wipers Opt
Rain Sensing Wipers Opt

Accident Prevention

Back-Up Camera Opt
Handsfree Wireless Opt

Security

Alarm Opt
Anti-theft System Opt
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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion 5 Years/Unlimited Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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