Video: 2009 Nissan Murano


Senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder reviewed the new Nissan Murano a few weeks ago, but now he gets the new crossover in front of the camera for this video. The rundown shows off the Murano’s features, including a slightly odd cover for the rear cargo area and power-raising rear seats. Very nifty.

Video: 2009 Nissan Murano
2009 Nissan Murano Expert Review

By David Thomas | April 25, 2008 | Comments (0)

Season Recap: The Best SUVs


We’ve already recapped our favorite efficient cars and hybrids, but what about the SUVs? Even with sky-high gas prices, new SUVs of all sizes are coming to market. This year brought some of the best interiors and fuel efficiency yet in this segment, but what glorified station wagon took our staff’s hearts?

Joe Wiesenfelder:
2009 Volvo XC60
Put simply, there were some impressive redesigns this year, but I have to go with an all-new entry — especially when it's a smaller alternative to an existing SUV: The XC60 is a handsome vehicle with a high-quality interior and all the safety features you could possibly want. It isn't too small in practical terms compared to the XC90, but it is smaller. These days, smaller is better.

By David Thomas | March 28, 2008 | Comments (4)

Nissan Murano Earns Top Safety Pick


The redesigned 2009 Nissan Murano has earned a Top Safety Pick rating among 10 midsize SUVs crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Murano was the only SUV to get a Top Safety Pick honor by scoring Good in all three crash tests. (Results in front, side and rear crash tests by IIHS are rated as Good, Acceptable, Marginal or Poor.) The 2008 Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9, as well as the 2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor, fell short of the Top Safety Pick rating, IIHS says, because head-rest protection in rear crash tests was rated Marginal in the Mazdas and Poor in the Mitsubishi.

Though many would classify the Murano, CX-7 and CX-9 as crossovers, IIHS classifies them as SUVs.


By Jim Mateja | February 26, 2008 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2009 Nissan Murano, 2008 Infiniti EX35

2009 Nissan Murano, 2008 Infiniti EX35

Two major new products from Nissan are being recalled due to a software glitch that could cause passenger airbags to fail during a crash.

The recall affects 11,511 2009 Nissan Muranos, which went on sale just this month, and 4,854 2008 Infiniti EX35s, which went on sale in late 2007. Nissan will reprogram the software to fix the problem; it should be an easy fix to a potentially dangerous problem.

First-year models often have growing pains with problems like this, but sometimes news of a recall can sway potential buyers of a new model.

Owners can contact Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200 and Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.

Nissan Recalls Murano, Infiniti SUVs for Airbag (Bloomberg)

By David Thomas | February 20, 2008 | Comments (13)

2009 Nissan Murano Pricing Announced


Nissan announced pricing for the 2009 Murano today, and it starts at $26,330. That gets you a two-wheel-drive Murano S with a V-6 and continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive runs $1,600, and the top-of-the-line Murano LE AWD costs $35,910. For S and SE trims, 2009 prices dropped $1,500 versus the 2007 Murano (Nissan didn’t offer an ’08). The 2009 S loses a handful of minor features, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, versus last year’s S, but it’s still pretty well-equipped; standard features include dual-zone climate control, push-button start and all the usual power accessories. For the $1,500 saved, we won’t mind reaching a little farther to adjust the radio. A full pricing breakdown is below.

  • Murano S 2WD: $26,330
  • Murano SL 2WD: $27,880
  • Murano S AWD: $27,930
  • Murano SL AWD: $29,480
  • Murano LE AWD: $35,910

Destination charge: $745

Major options for the SL and LE include a dual-panel moonroof ($1,170), navigation system ($1,850) and DVD player ($1,600). Expect a loaded Murano LE to run just over $40,000.

Joe Wiesenfelder reviews the 2009 Murano (

By Kelsey Mays | January 15, 2008 | Comments (0) Reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano


It may not have a price yet, but that didn’t stop senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder from reviewing the all-new 2009 Nissan Murano. The redesigned SUV is due out next month and won rave reviews from our editors under the lights of the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Joe gives a thorough review of the Murano to see if it stands up as well on the road.

2009 Nissan Murano Expert Review

By David Thomas | December 28, 2007 | Comments (7)

L.A. Auto Show Ultimate Production Winner: 2009 Nissan Murano


Yesterday, Mike Hanley, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder rated all the production and concept cars on display at the L.A. auto show, which runs through Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center (and yes, it’s open on Thanksgiving). We named a lot of winners and losers, but in the end there was just one vehicle that really wowed us in every way: the Nissan Murano. 

By David Thomas | November 21, 2007 | Comments (7)

Up Close With the 2009 Nissan Murano

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. 
By David Thomas | November 14, 2007 | Comments (7)

2007 L.A. Auto Show: 2009 Nissan Murano


  • Competes with: Ford Edge, Mazda CX-7, Jeep Grand Cherokee
  • Looks like: Nissan designers were watching a bit too much "Battlestar Galactica"
  • Drivetrain:  265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with CVT
  • Hits dealerships: January 2008

Nissan really surprised people with the original Murano back in 2003. It handled much more like a car than the other midsize SUVs of the day. Now, the company is surprising us again with a radically updated look centered around a futuristic front end. The rest of the exterior design may be more middle-of-the-road, but no one will miss this coming down the street.

The 2009 model looks to be a significant redesign built on a new platform shared with the Altima sedan, with an all-new interior and the solid 3.5-liter V-6 used in many Nissans and Infinitis. The Murano comes in S, SL and LE trim levels and front- and all-wheel drive.

Standard on all trims is keyless ignition, keyless start, stability control, active head restraints, a tire pressure monitoring system, and both side-impact and side curtain airbags. Prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but we expect them to be similar to the current starting price of $27,830.

More from the 2007 LA Auto Show
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By David Thomas | November 14, 2007 | Comments (11)

Nissan Recalls 80,000 Muranos, Maximas


Nissan has recalled 70,000 Murano SUVs and 10,000 Maxima sedans built between 2004 and 2006 due to a defective ignition key. Only models with — don’t laugh — Nissan’s “intelligent” keys are affected. These vehicles sometimes won’t start properly, or will start just by moving the steering wheel before the ignition is turned on. That probably surprised a Murano owner or two on their way to work. No injuries have been reported and there’s no word on how Nissan will fix the problem. Owners should check with their local dealer to schedule service.   

[Nissan Begins Recalling SUVs Because of Ignition Key Defect, The Detroit News]

By David Thomas | October 19, 2006 | Comments (6)

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