Do the wild looks of the Murano hold up in person?
- I'm glad to see Nissan recant the original Murano's quasi-experimental
dashboard for something more old-school. Quality is everywhere:
Soft-touch panels overlap each other with nary a gap in between, and
the center controls look like the ones in the Infiniti G35. Very
impressive. The leather upholstery feels like an Infiniti's, too, which
will probably irk your neighbor who spent thousands more on his EX35.
If the Murano has flaws, they have to do with the way things work, not
how they look or feel. The massive glove compartment opens on the
passenger's shins, like the glove box in the smaller Nissan Rogue. The
power-raising rear seats are a nice touch, but there's no one-touch
functionality so you have to hold down the switch while they ... slowly
... motor upward. And on a quirkier note, the wipers are three
different lengths — the left-front is longer than the right-front,
which is longer than the rear-window wiper. No doubt when the blades
wear out you'll need to buy specialized (read: expensive) replacements
at a Nissan dealership. — Kelsey Mays, 4:50 p.m.
- The grille is a lot less odd in person than in the press photos I saw
earlier today. I’d almost say the new Murano will blend in pretty
easily at the local mall. What buyers will definitely be drawn to is a
really upscale interior; easy flip-down, motor-up rear seats; and a
bigger engine. I really couldn’t find much fault with it. I even liked
the intricately painted gauges. — David Thomas, 3:23 p.m.
2007 L.A. Auto Show: 2009 Nissan Murano