Hosts Jessi Lang and Steve Hammes road-tested and reviewed the dependable and economical 2010 Nissan Murano, one of the originators of the modern crossover vehicle, the benchmark for all subsequent competitors.
Most of the major facelifts on the Murano came with last year’s model, which had garnered a whole new redesign, and this year finds only a few minor changes on several different trim levels. The luxury LE trim model now comes in a 2-wheel drive package, with several other minor equipment and technology additions. Our tester itself was the SL trim with all-wheel drive, definitely a model worth having in inclement wintry seasons. However, the Murano still retains its attention-grabbing looks and lines, maintaining its sleek, rounded physique that could be defined as sporty and utilitarian at the same time.
The Murano still retains their powerful and award-winning 3.5-Liter V6 engine that musters 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, giving you plenty of ample acceleration for the road ahead. Gas mileage is decent, the Murano is rated at 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The interior, however, could use a redesign when it comes to aesthetics. Its plain and lackluster console and dashboard amenities is a little disappointing, considering the comfortability of the drive and the beauty of its exterior. At first glance, the overall design inside the cockpit seems a little outdated, and could perhaps use a healthy touch of modernization.
The Murano is priced at $31,200 to start with, and our tester came in at $36,100 altogether with the technology, premium and leather package options. With a powerful engine, a gorgeous look, smooth ride, and all-wheel drive, this year’s Murano is a smart addition to the lineup of what is considered as the Godfather of the modern crossover SUV.