2011 Nissan Murano: First Look


Let’s just get this out of the way quickly. No, the 2011 Nissan Murano doesn’t get the 3.7-liter V-6 upgrade to put it on par with the 370Z or the Infiniti G series. It retains the 3.5-liter V-6 with 260 horsepower, but that still makes it one of the most fun-to-drive SUVs we’ve tested. The upgraded 2011 goes on sale in mid-October.

What does change for 2011 are some minor exterior design tweaks. The controversial grille from the last redesign stays, but the lower bumper gets a new, more streamlined appearance. In back, the somewhat small taillights of last year’s model get a new look, and while they may be bolder, they may stand out for the wrong reason. Inside, nearly everything remains the same.

Another change is the addition of an SV trim level that’s positioned above the base S. It comes standard with cloth seats like the S but also comes with some standard features found on the higher-level SL, such as a dual-panel moonroof.
Nissan’s breakdown of the trim levels has been reposted from the manufacturer below, along with more photos. You can enlarge any of the photos by clicking on them.

2011 Nissan Murano Trim Levels

“The 2011 Nissan Murano is available in eight models – S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD. All Murano AWD models (S, SV, SL, LE) include an advanced all-wheel-drive system.

Murano S models include the 3.5-liter, 260-horsepower V-6; Xtronic CVT; 18-inch alloy wheels; halogen headlights and LED taillights; six-way manual driver’s and four-way manual passenger’s seats; manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel; power windows and door locks with remote keyless entry system; a six-speaker audio system; interface system for iPod; Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start; rear privacy glass; and more.

Murano SV models add dual-panel moonroof with one-touch open/close; auto reverse; sliding shade and privacy glass; roof rails; integrated halogen front fog lights; eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support; Bluetooth; RearView Monitor; Vehicle Security System; and XM Satellite Radio (XM subscription required, sold separately).

Murano SL models add leather-appointed seats; heated front seats; driver’s seat and outside mirror position memory; 60/40 fold-flat rear seatback with power return; power liftgate with hatch closure assist; heated steering wheel; 2GB Music Box; Bose premium audio system with 11 speakers (nine speakers plus two subwoofers); rain-sensing front wipers; heated outside mirrors; and auto-dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink Universal Transceiver.

“Finally, Murano LE models add 20-inch wheels with a special titanium-colored finish; roof rails with silver accents; rain-sensing front wipers; HID bi-functional xenon projector headlights; heated rear seats; power tilt/telescoping heated steering wheel; wood grain interior trim; and steering-wheel memory position.

“Only one option package is available on the 2011 Murano – the Navigation Package. Available on SL and LE models, it offers HDD Navigation with 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive, voice recognition and touch-screen with 7-inch VGA screen and Bluetooth streaming audio.”

By David Thomas | August 23, 2010 | Comments (14)


I see this car just about day actually; there is a Murano parked in my office parking lot. It's actually pretty good looking. The only drawback after reading the review is low HP. After working/reading about cars so much HP in the 200-300 range just doesn't do it anymore!

Couldn't agree more...a boost of ~3-400 HP from the 3.5 is what it needs to stay class-competitive.


Why isn't the maxima version of the VQ35 under the hood?
290hp (via premium fuel) and variable exhaust valve timing.


I suppose the Murano's engine isn't being upgraded in order to minimize cannibalization of Infiniti EX sales.


looks like they copied its exterior form hyndai santa fe!!


actually the grille is a bit more subdued!


I gotta give it to the overall originality.


I have a 09 Murano and it's a great vehicle for my needs. It's performs well, but the only thing I don't like is the blind spots on the side and rear. Looks like Nissan kept the same design for 2011. I hope Nissan will somehow make the visibility better on future models.


New grill and tail lights look a little too aftermarket tuner chromey tacky but good to see they haven't messed with the basic car too much. What's with the 5 hp loss? Maybe they had to re-rate the horsepower for regular gas? At any rate premium was always only recommended so you could put whatever swill you could find in the car and it would run fine and not void your warranty.

Brilliant interior...
I just like it.
Your post consists of a quality wallpapers for new buyers. As I hope Nissan Munro models are very suitable to use. Nissan have done good technical thinking by creating such Munro.

I was decided to buy a RAV4 but now i have changed my mind to buy this one after knowing its features. I am really satisfied of this model of Nissan. Thanks a lot.


2011 Nissan Murano Pricing...

Murano S FWD $28,500 USD
Murano SV FWD $31,910 USD
Murano SL FWD $35,450 USD
Murano LE FWD $37,540 USD
Murano S AWD $30,100 USD
Murano SV AWD $33,510 USD
Murano SL AWD $37,050 USD
Murano LE AWD $39,140 USD


Ive been test driving the 2011 Murano and found the drivers side side mirror to be distorted. Has anyone installed an after market mirror to solve this issue?


Ive been test driving the 2011 Murano and the drivers side mirror is distorted. Is there an aftermarket mirror that works better and isn't distorted?

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