Intro: When one contemplates the standard bearer for the crossover, the Nissan Murano quickly comes to mind. With seating for five, a capable ride height, and smooth carlike handling, the 2011 Nissan Murano is the ideal blueprint for a mid-size crossover.
Trims for the Murano are S, SV, SL, and LE. We drove the SL model, equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in all season tires, dual exhaust, standard roof rails and a power open-close rear hatch.
Performance: The Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 sending 260 horsepower to the front wheels or available all-wheel drive through a continuously variable transmission.
Fuel Economy: Fuel economy for both front and all-wheel drive Murano's, is 18 miles per gallon city, 23 miles per gallon highway.
Features: The interior of our SL test model was outfitted with luxurious leather seating, heated front seats; heated leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel, and convenient push button start.
Other upscale features on the SL include dual moonroofs with a power sliding front panel, Bluetooth hands free calling, and a Bose premium audio system, with 6-disc in-dash changer, dual subwoofers, XM satellite radio, and an iPod interface system.
Highlighting the versatility of the Murano is the 60/40 split-fold second row seats. Not only do they fold flat with a pull of the quick-release handles, but the seatbacks are power reclining, allowing for personalized comfort.
To truly maximize the driving experience, we recommend the Navigation Package. This $1,600 option is comprised of a hard-drive based navigation system, operable through a 7-inch touch screen. It's voice-activated and adds features like XM NavTraffic and NavWeather, as well as Zagat Survey restaurant reviews.
Safety Features: Standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic brake force distribution, traction control, front and rear crumple zones, and a full array of front and side impact airbags.
Pricing: Base MSRP for the 2011 Nissan Murano is $29,290. A range topping all-wheel drive LE model starts at $39,900.
Warranty: The Murano is backed by a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Summary: With upscale features, inspired styling, and a capable smooth-riding platform, the 2011 Nissan Murano brings the future of the crossover, to the showrooms of today. (2:48)