2010 Nissan Murano SL vq35de V6 from North America
I think it is a quality and spirited performer. I wish it had a manual shift mode for the CVT!
The only thing that went wrong is a scratch in the bumper caused by a bad driver. It is a pretty new car.
The Murano is a surprise from Nissan; it is styled uniquely (I'll agree it is a marmite look) and it has more power than you think. 0-60 in 7.5 seconds is pretty good for a 2 ton SUV.
The interior is a pleasant place to be, and the best sat nav ever. Dual panel roof a nice addition.
On the highway it gets miraculous mileage; 25 mpg! In the city it records an average 16-17 mpg.
The CVT tranny is very efficient, it just makes the engine sound tiresome at acceleration.
When you compare the Murano against its competitors, it just makes sense to purchase one of these beasts.
The Venza looks nice and has a great ride; the problem it is just lifeless.
The Ford Edge has a terrible interior, and the Mazda CX9 gets worse than average mileage.
And strangely for an expensive Nissan with a CVT, it feels well made! Driving through the salty highways of the Adirondacks, and the undercarriage seems as oxidised as a stainless steel enclosure from a Smeg oven. A departure from the more exciting but more fragile and cheap feeling Murano 1st gen. (that was my previous ride). A great crossover!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 25th August, 2010