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2011 Nissan Murano

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2011 Nissan Murano Review

Crossover with looks, power, handling & features galore

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Nissan Murano, a midsize crossover/sport utility vehicle (SUV), seats five passengers comfortably and can carry a good amount of cargo as well within its curvaceous, highly stylized body. Equipped with 3.5 liter V-6 engine generating 235 horsepower paired to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the Nissan Murano is available with front- or all-wheel drive. In addition, the Murano has front struts, a rear multilink system, and a sporty chassis.

Features on the Murano SUV include a power lift gate, Xenon headlamps, a backup camera, a power lift gate, a heated steering wheel, and Bluetooth connectivity. The Nissan Murano is lauded for its responsive steering and exceptional suspension, proving its suitability to just about every type of road condition. The standard safety features of the Murano are commendable, as is the SUV's EPA fuel economy rating in the 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway range.

New for 2011

For 2011, the Nissan Murano was updated with a revised front fascia, new tail lamps, and fresh 18-inch wheels. It was also the debut of the SV trim, which sports a dual-panel moon roof, seven-inch color monitor, backup camera, eight-way power driver's seat, USB/ iPod connectivity, satellite radio, auto on/off headlamps, and Bluetooth phone capability. A new color called Graphite Blue was added, and white illumination for the gauges was introduced.


Engine: 3.5L V-6
Transmission: CVT
Body Style: SUV
Trims: S Sport Utility, SL Sport Utility, SV Sport Utility, LE Sport Utility

On the Outside

The dramatic Murano continued the drama in 2011 with exterior styling cues, such as sculpted bodylines, pronounced fenders, available 20-inch wheels, LED tail lamps, and dual exhaust.

From the Inside

Inside the Nissan Murano are standard or available items such as navigation, backup camera, Bluetooth phone capability, and Bose audio. Of generous proportions are the rear-seat legroom with 36.3 inches and maximum cargo capacity of 64.5 cubic-feet.

Driving Performance

The Nissan Murano's 3.5-liter VQ-series V-6 engine is carried over for 2011, delivering 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that helps the SUV achieve 0 to 60 in around 7.0 seconds and the quarter mile in approximately16.0 seconds. The Murano is equipped with a front strut/rear multi-link suspension and is available with front- or all-wheel drive.

Safety Equipment

Every Murano comes equipped with front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the last for outboard occupants in both rows. The Murano also gets front-seat active head restraints, stability and traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Gas Mileage

Murano Sport Utility: 18 mpg city/23 mpg hwy


  • Powerful drive train
  • Pleasure to drive
  • Dramatic styling


  • Options can inflate price tag
  • CVT only available transmission


Crossover with looks, power, handling & features galore

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