Murano in a small niche of "midsize crossover" designed for N. America and brought to Europe as an afterthought - therefore petrol/auto only - Lexus RX is class leader, wonderfully refined and comfortable transport, for £6-10K more better equipped and feels more solid (wife drives one!) was talking to a work colleague recently who, unknown to me, had been running a Murano as a second car for a few years - there was a surprising agreement on car's strengths and weaknesses we liked silky smooth drivetrain, quick and handles well for size, fine ride on good tarmac and super m'way cruiser, but less accomplished on the collection of ruts and potholes which pass for roads in this part of the world, with a bit too much bounce and scuttleshake for relaxing progress. interior (never a Nissan strength) a bit basic, and equipment list, initially impressive, in fact not that good for a £30k Jap car in '08 - e.g. no powered passenger seat, rain sense wipers (things have moved on in a few years) and baffling lack of info/trip - we agreed that current Murano a very good car, but with more care over packaging by Nissan could have been a great car. would I buy another? if the new model, on sale in USA and available in UK at end of year, addresses these issues - N. American blogs suggest a more mature product with better interior, equipment and vitally a stiffer bodyshell and better ride, and according to some comments now much closer in quality to RX for a lot less dosh- then yes.
I rate the Murano as first class, I love the car. Its a great drive, it handles well, it comes with a lot of standard equipment including a rear parking camera. I have three boys, hubby and dog, we all fit comfortably in the car at weekends, I have the DVD fitted which is heaven. I have had not one problem with the car at all. This car is a great car to drive, impressive looks and every time I step into mine I love to drive it. It can be thirsty if you are heavy footed most of the time, but its a really exciting drive! The car can take you from school runs, to moving furniture, to a chic restaurant, you'll never be bored with the Murano.
Overall package of price, performance and equipment makes this a great car, certainly the best I've owned. Reliability over 2.5 years is faultless (touch wood!). It's only been back to the dealer for regular servicing and has not suffered a single niggle from new, build quality is first class. Dealer servicing has been excellent and their costs very reasonable. Even fuel consumption (average 23 miles per gallon) is very good for the size of car and engine. If you drive long journies then I can't think of a more comfortable and pleasant environment to do this in,including so called premium German marks of which I've plenty of (not so great) experience. Only minor niggles are the absence of a decent trip computer, outside temperature gauge and electrically retractable door mirrors, but as others have said, a small price to pay for an otherwise brilliant car.
Have just moved to Nissan Murano following Subaru Outback (great build, fine cabin,superb handling - let down by ride quality which would loosen your fillings).
Particularly impressed by mechanical refinement, comfort and easy driveability - the drivetrain is superb and car handles really well for a big SUV.
Wife has Lexus RX (similar vehicle but a fair bit more expensive new so comparison interesting). Murano bigger but Lexus has more upmarket interior with better detailing and materials, and better kit list including power passenger seat and rear door.
Also it has useful extras like rain sensitive wipers and remote window close - the Nissan "info centre" is particularly useless, not even outside temp.
Mechanically the Mo can compete with the best - did Nissan loose confidence with the packaging - or does it want to distance car from forthcoming Infiniti brand?
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