2011 Nissan Murano  -  $30,100

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $30,100
Base Invoice: $27,795
Destination Charge: $810
Options: $0
Trim: 2WD 4dr S
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 20 | City: 18 | Hwy: 23
Body Style: 2WD 4dr S
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Engine: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine


<< PROS >> (25 words) Strong, torquey engine and smooth CVT; excellent ride quality; stylish exterior; warm, luxuriously trimmed cabin; versatile interior layout; one-of-a-kind new CrossCabriolet model

Model News

For 2011, the mid-size Murano crossover vehicle gets a new look in front, including a different grille design, new LED taillights, and refreshed bumper and fascia designs. Graphite Blue is a new addition to the exterior palette. Inside, the hue of the instrument-panel lighting has been changed from orange to white. Nissan has added a new SV trim to the Murano lineup this year, slotting between the base S and popular SL models but below the most luxurious LE trim. The SV adds Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity, satellite radio, a dual-panel moonroof, a color monitor screen with backup camera and a power driver seat. The SL and LE trims get other additional standard equipment this year, with new woodgrain trim and fresh center-stack colors making the LE cabin more of a standout. Late in the model year, there will be an addition to the Murano lineup: the new Murano CrossCabriolet, a 2-door 4-seat soft-top version of the Murano that has a higher ride height than other convertibles while offering some of the same interior plush interior comforts and details as the rest of the Murano models.

Model Highlights

The Murano lineup is now offered in four different trims--S, SV, SL and LE. While each of the models are offered in a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, they're all powered by the same 260-horsepower, 3.5L V6 engine connected to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Altogether, the powertrain is smooth and responsive, and the all-wheel drive system isn't configured so much for off-roading as to improve traction and stability on slippery roads.

Ride and handling in the Murano is also oriented for family use on streets and boulevards rather than rutted trails. The 4-wheel independent suspension with large front and rear stabilizer bars allows an absorbent ride with crisp handling, and the speed-sensitive power-steering system--much like the one used in the Nissan Maxima sport sedan--has a nice weighting along with some feedback from the road. Larger 20-inch alloy wheels help give the Murano a somewhat more aggressive stance in LE models, but the 18-inchers in S, SV and SL models have been redesigned this year, too. Chromed door handles and dual exhaust tips help provide accents and all models but the S can be had with roof rails.

Inside, the Murano has a stylish look, including luxury-caliber surfaces and trims, available double-stitched leather upholstery and, in general, a warmer, softer look than you'd find in most mid-size crossovers. The cabin includes a dual-level center console, huge glove compartment, various storage pockets and ample cupholders. There's enough space for three in back, and the split-folding seats flip to a nearly flat floor quite easily.

The Murano S lands at the affordable end of the lineup and includes power windows and locks, keyless entry, a 6-speaker audio system, push-button start and an iPod interface. The SL adds Bluetooth hands-free, a rear-view monitor, roof rails, and privacy glass, while the SL brings a power rear seatback return, a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, heated seats and mirrors, a garage-door opener and Bose premium audio with 2GB of audio storage.

Top LE models get silver-accented roof rails, rain-sensing wipers, HID bi-xenon headlamps, and 20-inch titanium-finish alloy wheels, plus a power-adjustable steering wheel with memory setting, woodgrain interior trim and heated rear seats.

Options at the top of the line are limited to a Navigation Package that brings a touch-screen navigation system and 9.3 GB of music storage, plus Bluetooth Streaming Audio and voice recognition. The new CrossCabriolet convertible will only be offered in top LE trim, with space enough in back for two adults and a trunk that's significantly smaller--at about eight cubic feet--than the standard Murano.

Value Writeup

Nissan's Murano stands out as offering one of the most stylish, best-trimmed, and best-appointed interiors from a non-luxury brand, with warm, soft-touch materials and color choices than make some other mainstream-brand crossover models seem drab. The Murano's powertrain, while not overtly sporty, is also one of the smoothest and strongest in the business for typical suburban use--getting ahead at stoplights and making safe, quick passes on the highway, for example. Ride quality is also worth singling out; the Murano has a pretty impressive ride, especially with the standard 18-inch wheels, without feeling too floaty for a curvy road.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
23 MPG

Cruising Range - City
390.60 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
18 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
20 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
499.10 mi

Engine Type
Gas V6


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
260 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
240 @ 4400

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Continuously Variable Ratio

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
10.0 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
108.6 ft³

Front Head Room
40.1 in

Front Leg Room
43.6 in

Front Shoulder Room
59.6 in

Front Hip Room
54.8 in

Second Head Room
39.4 in

Second Leg Room
36.3 in

Second Shoulder Room
58.7 in

Second Hip Room
55.4 in

111.2 in

Length, Overall
189.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
74.1 in

Height, Overall
67.0 in

Track Width, Front
63.4 in

Track Width, Rear
63.4 in

Min Ground Clearance
7.4 in

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2
29.6 in

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline
54.7 in

Cargo Box (Area) Height
32.5 in

Liftover Height
30.8 in

Cargo Volume to Seat 1
64.0 ft³

Cargo Volume to Seat 2
31.6 ft³

Base Curb Weight
3889 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3500 lbs

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
350 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.
3500 lbs

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.
525 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front
0.98 in

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear
0.79 in

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Spare Wheel Size
18 x 7.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
38.1 ft

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall
39.8 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.6 x 1.1 in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
12.1 x 0.6 in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
21.7 gal

Total Option Weight
0.00 lbs

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Emissions Years

Emissions Years

Emissions Years

Emissions Miles/km

Emissions Miles/km

Emissions Miles/km

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Not Applicable

3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine

Variable valve timing (CVTCS)

Double-tipped platinum spark plugs

Continuously variable transmission (CVT)

Front wheel drive

Front tow hook

Independent strut front suspension

Independent multi-link rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

4-wheel vented disc brakes

Dual exhaust system w/chrome finishers

18" aluminum alloy wheels w/center caps

P235/65TR18 all-season tires

Temporary spare tire

Body-color front/rear bumpers

Halogen headlights

LED rear lights

Rear privacy glass

Body-color pwr mirrors

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Intermittent rear window wiper w/washer

AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer -inc: MP3/WMA capability, radio data system (RDS), aux audio input jack, (6) speakers

Roof mounted & in-glass diversity antenna

Front bucket seats w/adjustable active head restraints

6-way manual driver seat w/manual lumbar support

4-way manual passenger seat

60/40 fold flat reclining rear bench seat

Cloth seat trim

Dual level center console w/storage

Full carpeting

Manual tilt/telescopic steering column

Steering wheel w/cruise controls

Electroluminescent gauge cluster w/white lighting

Drive computer w/outside temp display

Pwr windows w/front one-touch up/down & safety reverse feature

Pwr door locks w/speed-sensitive auto lock, selective unlock feature

Pwr fuel door release

Remote keyless entry

Intelligent Key w/push button ignition

Engine immobilizer system

Cruise control w/steering wheel controls

Air conditioning w/dual zone automatic temperature control & microfilter

Rear HVAC vents

Rear window defroster

Front door map pockets

(4) cup holders

(3) 12-volt pwr outlets

Metallic trim accents

Manual day/night rearview mirror

Driver/front passenger visor extenders & illuminated vanity mirrors

(4) assist grips

(2) coat hooks

1st row map lights

2nd row reading lights

Mood lighting

Leather shift knob

Front seatback pockets

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Electronic brake force distribution (EBD) & brake assist (BA)

Traction control system (TCS)

Vehicle dynamic control system (VDC) -inc: 2-wheel limited slip (ABLS)

Front & rear crumple zones

Nissan advanced air bag system (AABS) -inc: driver & front passenger dual stage airbags, occupancy sensor

Front seat-mounted side-impact airbags

Roof-mounted side curtain airbags for all rows w/rollover sensor

Active head restraints

3-point ELR seat belts all seating positions

Front seat belt pretensioners & load limiters

Child safety rear door locks

(2) child seat anchors

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Energy absorbing steering column



















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