The Nissan Murano was the first crossover SUV Nissan introduced to the market. The playful and powerful 2004 model year boasted a solid, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with two noteworthy model styles: the SL and SE. Expect to find luxury accommodations inside both with more standard features, including a trip computer and optional leather upholstery on the SE. It also saw minor updates, including a manual shift for the continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the SE and satellite-ready wiring in both models.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission automatic
Models: Nissan Murano SL, Nissan Murano SE
The 2004 Nissan Murano still appears fresh in design and style with just one model year under its belt. New is an upgraded 10-way power adjustment for the standard driver seat that provides additional lumbar support. Also, both the SL and SE Muranos are ready for satellite radio, which can be added as an option with an associated price tag. The higher trim package SE added a new manual shift mode suitable for the already in place CVT. Depending on the consumer's driving style, the CVT can be bothersome and hinder performance. The optional power moonroof and memory seats are also worthy of mention if you are willing to pay for the added luxuries.
The 2004 Nissan Murano SE and LE ride on a 111.2 inch wheelbase that climbs to 66.5 inches in height and 187.6 inches in length. The 18-inch alloy wheels are coupled with all-season tires and four-wheel independent suspension. It's available in eight color palettes, including Luminous Gold Metallic, Midnight Blue Pear, Sunlite Copper Metallic, and Deep Bordeaux Metallic. A rear liftgate door and rear spoiler can be found along the back fascia. The rear cargo tie downs can provide adequate support, allowing a towing capacity of 3500 pounds.
The 2004 Nissan Murano is available with standard cloth seating and optional leather upholstery in Cabernet, Cafe Latte, and Charcoal colors. Standard interior equipment includes a power driver’s seat with bucket design, seating for up to five, a leather shift knob, and a split folding rear back set. Some optional amenities include heated front seats, power passenger seat, and navigation system in both models. The SE and LE also include optional entertainment systems or standard CD players with AM/FM radio with six speakers. Standard equipment includes a trip computer, compass, and temperature display.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Nissan Murano offers a 21.7-gallon fuel tank that powers the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that climbs to 245 horsepower and released 246 lb-ft of torque. It continues to provide a smooth and comfortable ride with power to get consumers along the busy city streets or bustling highway. Depending on their driving style, they can opt for the manual shift on the CVT transmission with optional all-wheel drive and standard front-wheel drive on both the SE and LE models. With optional stability and traction control, they are sure to feel and confident while behind the wheel or sitting comfortably in the passenger seat.
The 2004 Nissan Murano comes with a variety of safety features; meanwhile, it gets high marks in the NHTSA ratings. Standard features include four wheel ABS brakes, emergency brake assist, and dual front side-mounted airbags can be located in addition to dusk sensing headlamps, driving lights, and Xenon headlamps. The NHTSA awarded a full five stars for side impact front testing and four out of five starts for side impact rear and rollover tests. IIHS listed the Murano as ""good"" for frontal offset tests, but only a ""poor"" rating was granted for rear crash protection and head restraint. Both models are outfitted with a security system coupled with a panic alarm in case of emergency. As noted earlier, stability control and traction control can be added for a reasonable price tag.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Murano: 20/25 mpg city/highway
- Sleek Body Design
- Powerful V-6 Engine
- Satellite Radio Read
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- Fuel Economy
- Expensive Options
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