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2007 Nissan Murano Review

An excellent choice for small families who want the cargo capacity of a crossover SUV and the ride and comfort of a family sedan.

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The 2007 Nissan Murano classifies as a midsize crossover SUV that has the power and brawn of an SUV coupled with the ability to maneuver around city streets in style. Available in three trim levels—the base S, SL, and SE—the Murano offers the performance and comfort that buyers appreciate. All trim levels of the Murano come equipped with the same engine and transmission and either front drive or all-wheel drive. This car-like crossover SUV has the performance, handling, and amenities that small families find attractive.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: CVT
Models: Nissan Murano S, Nissan Murano SL, Nissan Murano SE

What's New

Seat belt warning lights and tire pressure monitoring are now standard equipment.


The exterior of the 2007 Murano offers wraparound construction of side panels, giving it a modern look. A chrome grille and a rear spoiler come standard along with LED taillights. The SE also adds brushed aluminum roof rails. The standard fixed glass panel in the roof offers an airy look into the interior.

Standard equipment on the base S includes 18-inch alloy wheels with P235/65R T tires, a chrome grille, a rear spoiler, variable intermittent wipers, privacy glass, a rear defogger, power mirrors, an intermittent rear wiper, and a rear liftgate.

The SL adds a remote anti-theft alarm system, fog lights, and dusk-sensing headlights. The SE, which only sells as an all-wheel-drive model, adds the following standard equipment: brushed aluminum roof rails, dusk-sensing xenon HID headlights, and a sport-tuned suspension.

Optional equipment for the 2007 Nissan Murano includes a sunroof and heated mirrors.


The interior of the 2007 Nissan Murano feels spacious for four or five passengers. Seats seem well-bolstered, and the model offers ample head and legroom in the rear seat. The rear seat also inclines and has a remote flip-down capability. Cargo capacity with all of the seats in place totals 32.6 cubic feet; with the rear seat folded down, capacity increases to 81.6 cubic feet. It has plenty of room for the kids’ gear when you transport them to sport practices.

The aluminum-trimmed instrument panel looks easy to read and simple to operate. The Murano features a ""floating dash"" design, giving the interior a very futuristic look.

Standard equipment for the Murano includes Intelligent Key keyless entry and ignition, a four-way power driver’s seat, cloth upholstery, bucket front seats, a split-folding rear seatback, reclining rear seats, power door locks, power windows, rear ventilation ducts, cruise control, retained accessory power, speed-proportional power steering, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio and cruise control functions, interior air filtration, dual-zone climate controls, alloy and leather interior trim, a tachometer, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers.

The SL adds a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support and height adjustment, a universal remote transmitter, a rear-view camera, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a compass, and an AM/FM/CD audio system with six speakers.

Options include heated front seats, leather upholstery, and a 225-watt Bose audio system with AM/FM/Satellite and a six-disc CD changer, a navigation system with an LCD display screen, and a DVD entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Murano comes equipped with a 3.5-liter, 240-hp V-6 and a continuously variable transmission. The CVT continually monitors the speed of the Murano and automatically changes gears. All-wheel drive proves especially helpful if you live in a climate with ice- or snow-covered roads, since it redirects power to whichever wheels need traction the most.

Acceleration in the 2007 Nissan Murano feels brisk, and handling seems superior to most vehicles in its class. The Murano’s handling proves especially impressive in curves, and the steering feels quick and responsive. Ride quality remains smooth; the SE’s sport-tuned suspension provides a less cushy ride than the other models.

When properly equipped, the Nissan Murano reaches a maximum towing capacity of 3500 pounds.

MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear independent suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, four-wheel ABS, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes aid handling. All-wheel-drive equipment includes a mechanical center differential, a center limited-slip differential, and a center locking differential.


Standard safety equipment includes four-wheel ABS with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, tire pressure monitoring, a back-up camera, front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, and side-curtain airbags with rollover sensors.

The 2007 Nissan Murano earns five stars (out of five) for driver and front-passenger protection in government frontal-impact crash tests. In side-impact testing, it receives five stars for protecting front occupants and four stars for rear-occupant protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Nissan Murano S: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Nissan Murano SL: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Nissan Murano SE: 17/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Performance and handling
  • Roomy interior
  • Seat comfort

You Won't Like

  • Poor rear visibility due to thick pillars
  • Small glove compartment

Sum Up

An excellent choice for small families who want the cargo capacity of a crossover SUV and the ride and comfort of a family sedan.

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