2011 Nissan Murano Sport Utility Crossover
Benefits of Driving a 2011 Nissan Murano Sport Utility Crossover
Nissan's Murano stands out as offering one of the most stylish, best-trimmed, and best-appointed interiors from a non-luxury brand, with warm, soft-touch materials and color choices than make some other mainstream-brand crossover models seem drab. The Murano's powertrain, while not overtly sporty, is also one of the smoothest and strongest in the business for typical suburban use--getting ahead at stoplights and making safe, quick passes on the highway, for example. Ride quality is also worth singling out; the Murano has a pretty impressive ride, especially with the standard 18-inch wheels, without feeling too floaty for a curvy road.
What's new for 2011?
For 2011, the mid-size Murano crossover vehicle gets a new look in front, including a different grille design, new LED taillights, and refreshed bumper and fascia designs. Graphite Blue is a new addition to the exterior palette. Inside, the hue of the instrument-panel lighting has been changed from orange to white. Nissan has added a new SV trim to the Murano lineup this year, slotting between the base S and popular SL models but below the most luxurious LE trim. The SV adds Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a dual-panel moonroof, a color monitor screen with backup camera and a power driver seat. The SL and LE trims get other additional standard equipment this year, with new woodgrain trim and fresh center-stack colors making the LE cabin more of a standout. Late in the model year, there will be an addition to the Murano lineup: the new Murano CrossCabriolet, a 2-door 4-seat soft-top version of the Murano that has a higher ride height than other convertibles while offering some of the same interior plush interior comforts and details as the rest of the Murano models.
- << PROS >> (25 words) Strong, torquey engine and smooth CVT
- excellent ride quality
- stylish exterior
- warm, luxuriously trimmed cabin
- versatile interior layout
- one-of-a-kind new CrossCabriolet model
The Murano lineup is now offered in four different trims--S, SV, SL and LE. While each of the models are offered in a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, they're all powered by the same 260-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Altogether, the powertrain is smooth and responsive, and the all-wheel drive system isn't configured so much for off-roading as to improve traction and stability on slippery roads.