The Nissan Murano is a vehicle for drivers that want the size and interior space of a sport utility vehicle (SUV), but the handling of a sedan. While it is not quite as large as an SUV or can handle quite as well as a sedan, the overall balance is very well done. The Murano has a very large cabin but still manages to perform quite well given the size of the vehicle. It provides a solid alternative to an SUV or minivan for many drivers.
Unlike some similar-sized vehicles, the Murano does not include a third row of seating. The obvious drawback of not having the third row of seats is that the Murano cannot carry as many passengers. However, by eliminating this row of seats, the Murano gives all the passengers a larger amount of room. The rear passengers have more space and legroom as a result of this design decision.
The 2005 Nissan Murano is a sleek, aerodynamic vehicle that has a pleasing aesthetic, which is surprising for a vehicle with its cabin size. It provides almost as much interior space as a true SUV without suffering from the various handicaps of the SUV design.
Body Styles: crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: variable speed automatic
Models: Nissan Murano S, Nissan Murano SE, Nissan Murano SL
The 2005 Nissan Murano did not see any significant alterations in to the overall design. Unlike many 2005 models for Nissan, the Murano was largely left untouched. The only really major difference was the addition of the ""S"" model, which has fewer standard features and a lower price point than the SE and SL. Other changes included the addition of a rollover sensor for the side curtain airbags and optional Intelligent Key entry.
The 2005 Nissan Murano has a smooth, sleek exterior that is much more rounded than other similar-sized vehicles. It looks more like a sedan with an extended cabin than an SUV. The most noticeable indication of its SUV heritage is the higher than normal body. A cargo rack on top can be used to tie down additional cargo to the roof of the vehicle.
The Murano is a larger than normal vehicle with a total length of 187.6 inches and a wheel base of 111.2 inches. It sits seven inches off the ground. It visually looks similar to a smaller vehicle, but the proportions are much larger than the initial look might indicate.
The interior for the Nissan Murano is large and spacious. The rear seats in this vehicle have almost as much legroom as what is found in the front. Dual zone climate control for the driver and passenger is a standard feature on all models. The main draw of the Murano is the size of the cabin, which gives almost anyone enough room, no matter where they sit.
The rear seats in the Murano can be flipped down to increase the cargo space. As a result, the Murano is capable of hauling large amounts of cargo inside the vehicle. There is more than enough room for the day to day needs of most drivers. Anyone capable of completely filling the Murano is likely going to need a larger vehicle instead.
Performance & Handling
As a crossover SUV, the Nissan Murano is halfway between a station wagon and an SUV. The handling falls roughly between these two vehicles. It does not accelerate quite as quickly or turn as sharply as a station wagon or a similarly sized vehicle, but it is definitely quicker and more agile than a full size SUV. It is easy to drive, although it might seem a bit bulky for drivers more used to smaller vehicles. The Murano overall has a very comfortable drive.
The continuous variable automatic transmission also creates a smooth drive. Rather than moving though a few set gear ratios, the Murano constantly readjusts the transmission. As a result, there are few noticeable transmission shifts like in most automatic transmissions.
The Nissan Murano has front, rear, and side head airbags standard for the driver and passenger. Four wheel antilock brakes and emergency braking assist are a standard features for all models. The Murano received a five star safety rating in side collisions and passenger front collisions from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA). It received a four star rating in front driver side collisions.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Murano: 18/23 mpg city/highway
- Large interior
- Good handling for a vehicle its size
- Quiet transmission
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