Nissan’s popular crossover the Murano has been given an update to remain fresh in 2011. In brief, the changes over the 2010 model include a refreshed grille and bumper design, new taillights, a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design (20-inch wheels optional) and a number of interior and content refinements. The car used to come in only one trim when it was first introduced, but now it comes with eight trims including S FWD, S AWD, SV FWD, SV AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD.
Based on the equipments level, you get features like driver’s seat with power lumbar support (SV), RearView Monitor (SV), 7.0-inch color monitor (SV), auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink Universal Transceiver (SL) and heated steering wheel (SL). New audio and entertainment features range from the addition of standard iPod connectivity and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System to SV models to a Bose audio system with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers for SL models. Other available technology includes an advanced touch screen Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box hard drive.
Available options include dual panel power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight, wood and aluminum accents, a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with power return, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate and RearView Monitor.
The interior also comes with a new white meter color, and new center stack colors. New colors for the exterior include Graphite Blue, and a new wood grain hue on Murano LE models.
Unlike Europe where you can get the Murano with a diesel engine, in America it’s only available with a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 developing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. That in combination with the advanced Xtronic CVT and the car’s lightweight suspension components, dual flow path shock absorbers and a twin-orifice speed-sensitive power steering system provide a smooth ride which is surprising for a car of this size and price.
All Muranos come with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS) standard.