Nissan has taken the Murano—named for the Italian city—through two major incarnations. The first phase set the tone for this robust car with a 3.5 liter V6 engine. Also noteworthy is the fact that the Murano was the largest vehicle to use a continuously variable transmission. Those features—plus a full set of airbags and steel-reinforced cabin—did not go unnoticed. In 2003, the Murano was nominated for the North American Truck of the Year Award at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and it also received a rating of 4 stars in crash-tests by the National Highway Safety Administration.
Second generation Muranos began to roll out in 2009 with a redesign that brought upgrades both inside and out. Standard features for these models now include five-seat interiors packed with features such as push-button ignition, six-speaker audio, and automatic climate control for two zones. A curvy chassis belies the quiet workhorse performance of this comfortable ride. It is a firm ride with a sporty feel that appeals to solo drivers on rugged terrain or families on the go.
The 2014 Nissan Murano has three versions: the Murano S, the SV, and the LE. The Murano S comes standard with a 260 horsepower engine and a 3.5-liter V6, Nissan’s Intelligent Key system, Advanced Air Bag system, and 18 inch aluminum alloy wheels. A step up is the Murano SV, with additional features including RearView Monitor, USB connection port for iPods and other compatible devices, and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system. The 2014 Murano SL offers luxury touches such as leather-appointed interiors, heated front seats, and a Bose audio system. The Murano LE is the top trim, with 20 inch aluminum-alloy wheels, roof rails with silver accents, Xenon HID lights, and a heated steering wheel.
Your Nissan Murano experience is one that is personalized to fit you and your exact needs. The driver’s memory system will automatically adjust the steering wheel to your preference and the outside mirrors to your pre-set positions. You can even program a second driver’s preferences too. No more struggling to open the trunk with your arms full—the Murano lets you powerlift the back liftgate with a remote or from the dash. Sports equipment, groceries, and luggage fit easily in the spacious 64 cubic foot cargo area. This may be the right vehicle for your family as a cargo hauler either in the city or out on rural roads.
NISSAN MURANO SAFETY RATINGS
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2014 Murano the highest rating in three crashworthiness categories—moderate overlap front, side, and head restraints and seats. Nissan Murano puts its strength into safety features as well as into design and performance with air bags for driver, passenger, side head, side and rear head positions, 4-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, and child safety locks. A notable safety device is the Murano’s EBD, electronic brake distribution, which will helps you come to a quicker stop by applying maximum brake force during emergency situations.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE NISSAN MURANO
US News ranks the 2014 Murano #9 of all cars in the Affordable Midsize SUV categories.