Nissan Murano’s beauty is on the inside – USATODAY.com

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In the preschool parking lot, with a typical parental #8212; CX-9, XC70, various minivans #8212; one stands out about the new Nissan SUV.

It is ugggg-lee. The tugged-back resembles the skeletal smile of a dog many days gone. Or discarded as too weird for the Mad Max movies.

And the Nissan seems to have some of the worst elements other brands. Mainly, the oval rear window and the reverse-slant rear roof both of which pinch vision.

Nissan brags the new body as modern art that the vehicle’s Murano-ness.

To avoid quick, jump inside. it’s a lovely machine. presentation, nothing tries too Might mistakenly think in a lux-mobile.

Seats are unusually Controls have a smooth, feel. Gauges are fetchingly

Nissan has moved away the weak, cheap-looking orange of the past to something closer to

And here’s a bonus. The ’09 was rated a Top Safety Pick by the Institute for Highway Safety this week, one of nine SUVs so designated. The Murano well in front, side and crash tests by IIHS, and control now is standard, not optional.

You don’t know what of crash you’re going to get so you want a vehicle that the best protection in the most kinds of crashes, says Joe IIHS senior vice Test results are at www.iihs.org.

Two in a high-end, $37,000 all-wheel-drive was pleasant because:

#8226;Murano’s on the redesigned Altima sedan, new for and that’s a nifty foundation. good handling and a confident among other advantages.

3.5-liter V-6 is a champ. Though for smoothness in the Murano, rather the squealing delight it provokes in other models, it slings and the two-ton SUV as your right requests. Of course, the more from your right the more you’ll wear out wallet reaching for gas money.

You’ll be lucky to hit 16 mpg in the burbs if an enthusiastic driver.

#8226;The CVT continuously variable automatic #8212; is upgraded for the ’09 and upholds Nissan’s reputation as the best. Such transmissions, wrong, make you feel as if piloting a machine with a clutch.

Nissan’s voodoo have breathed on the system so the does, in fact, snap more or less on par with the speed. And there’s a distinct feel. The CVT jumps from a ratio to a sprinting ratio going through everything in

There is no manual-shift mode a few preselected ratios for your days, though. Nobody it when it was offered, and the revised CVT you about as much control, says. For instance, tap the brakes on a slope, and the transmission shifts a ratio that’ll use engine to keep the Murano in control requiring riding the brakes.

What might bug you about the new assuming you get by the styling:

#8226;Hidden The ones that operate the power up/down tailgate and the latch are tucked under the by the driver’s left knee. see ’em.

They operate by meaning you unlatch the gas flap you meant to open the tailgate.

for the heated seats are more on the center console, but are an awkward

#8226;Instrument lighting wouldn’t dim on the test machine to avoid your night vision. dimmer goes from low enough to off.

#8226;The seat won’t slide and forth, as many now do. Nissan the Murano has plenty of room for (agreed) and back-seat passengers well #8230;) and doesn’t the feature. Sounds a little whistling past the graveyard.

bet the next Murano’ll have

#8226;The tire pressure is the general kind. The light on the instrument panel, and you have to hop out in windy, 20-degree weather, as in the to examine the tires to see if any looks enough that you have to for help. If all are more or less and you chance the miles to a fuel with an air pump, you have to each tire to find is low.

That’s not the right way to do it. the cheap and, therefore, way to meet federal regulations a tire warning. Best is one that tells you the pressure in tire so you can make informed

But it can cost $100 more per

The test vehicle emitted a when cold and being sharply while accelerating the combo typical when you a parking space. The whine as the vehicle warmed. Nissan it was unable to duplicate the noise.

Murano’s combination of distinctive comfortable yet sporty road and high-class interior probably be enough to outweigh the gripes for considering such a vehicle.

Nissan Murano

#8226;What is it? four-door, midsize crossover SUV as a 2004 model and due for refreshing. drive (FWD) or all-wheel (AWD), made at Kyushu,

#8226;How soon? Out since 15.

#8226;How much? S FWD starts at ($745 destination fee). LE AWD is about $42,000.

#8226;How Old one averaged 6,363 a month year, off 6.2% from the before.

#8226;What’s the competition? Edge, Dodge Journey, Tribeca.

#8226;What’s the drivetrain? V-6 rated 265 horsepower at 6,000 248 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,400 continuously variable automatic traction control.

Optional AWD as FWD, sends up to 50% of power to when fronts slip or for

#8226;What’s the safety gear? side bags in front, bags, anti-lock brakes, system.

#8226;What’s the rest? Standard are control; AM/FM/six-CD/MP3 stereo auxiliary input; power brakes, windows, locks, cruise control; tilt and steering column; trip remote locks.

#8226;How Almost …-on Ford #8212; 188.5 inches 74.1 inches wide, 67 tall on a 111.2-inch wheelbase. 3,855 lbs. to 4,134 Passenger space: 108.6 feet.

Cubic feet space: 31.8 behind seat, 64.5 with row down. Rated to tow 3,500 Carries 1,091 lbs. (LE to 1,246 lbs. (S AWD) of cargo.

Curb-to-curb turning diameter 38.1 feet 18-inch wheels, 39.4 with 20-inch wheels.

thirsty? Rated 18 miles per in town, 23 on the highway, 20 combined. vehicle trip computer 16.4 mpg in 300 miles of suburban

Premium fuel (91 octane or recommended, regular OK if you’ll a 3% drop in power.

#8226;Overall: styling, sweet-dream performance.

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