Nissan Murano

Nissan launched its first crossover SUV for the United States in the 2003 model year with the Murano, a stylish and innovatively designed vehicle, whose chic name is derived from the place where glass art is made of the islands of Venice. Built with strong craftsmanship and the quality consumers have come to expect from the Japanese automaker's name, the Nissan Murano has the unique ability to offer an automobile with the power and styling of a sport utility vehicle, combined with the smooth ride and comfort of a sedan at an equally attractive price. Along with its appealing exterior design, the Nissan Murano offers a roomy, comfortable interior that provides seating for five passengers. The Murano is offered in both front and all wheel drive and is built with a Continuously Variable Transmission. The long list of standard amenities includes air conditioning and separate driver-passenger climate controls, AM/FM stereo with compact disc, power door locks, windows and driver seat controls, an anti theft system, keyless entry, cruise control, tilt steering and steering wheel mounted controls. Optional bonus features like a DVD player and navigational aid will prove be very useful accessories, especially during longer drives and ones where the children are brought along. A sunroof is another optional feature offered in the SL trims. The addition of the S trim was debuted for the 2005 model year, joining the SE and SL. 2006 brought a restyled front grille, an upgraded audio system with MP3 capability, and advanced airbag system to the Murano; the 2007 model year also saw updates, with seatbelt warning lights and a tire pressure monitoring system now found standard. In addition, a high emphasis is placed on safety, with antilock brakes and driver, passenger and side airbags all standard equipment. Optional traction and safety control systems are available in the SE and SL versions for added peace of mind. In 2006, the Murano received a five star frontal crash test rating for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Nissan Murano is definitely worth checking into for anyone seeking a high level of performance and safety from their vehicle with a contemporary design, as it is the perfect blend of large SUV meets small car, with a variety of options at a surprisingly nominal price.