When the Nissan Murano hit the road late in 2002, it offered distinctive styling in what would quickly grow to become a crowded marketplace full of similar crossover SUV models.
Designed in California and riding the same platform as the Nissan Altima, Murano quickly became popular with shoppers with an eye for style.
All models got a 3.5-litre, 240-horsepower V6 engine and an available intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD) system. A Continually Variable Transmission (CVT) was standard, and allowed the engine to operate more economically while enhancing smoothness and efficiency. This type of transmission has no gears to shift, and may feel ‘funny’ to some drivers until they get used to it.
Look for features like automatic climate control, a sunroof, heated power seats, Bose audio, a keyless ignition system, tinted windows and more. Navigation and a backup camera were available, too.
A full selection of safety gear was also on board, including four-wheel antilock disc brakes and both side and side-curtain airbags.
What Owners Like
Styling, space, flexibility and on-board storage were rated most highly by owners of the Murano, followed by driving dynamics and ride quality.
What Owners Hate
As it tends to go with crossover and SUV models, the most common owner-stated complaint deals with fuel mileage. Some owners wish for better fit and finish and a smoother ride on rough surfaces, too.
Most of Murano’s age-related issues seem to centre around smaller problems related to interior and exterior accessories.
Broken window motors, door handles and power seat motors have all been reported, so be sure to start your test-drive by thoroughly inspecting every electric and mechanical part of the vehicle’s cabin.