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Old 04-15-2014, 02:21 AM   #1
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Boasting a 0.31 coefficient of drag and a ton of sheetmetal surface development, the Murano's new form is available with LED headlamps and features active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics. The company claims visibility has been improved as well and not just because of its brilliant available Around View Monitor camera system Nissan says it has "optimized the angles and thickness of the bottom of the A-pillar," along with fiddling with the size and location of the side mirrors.

Power continues to be delivered by VQ-Series 3.5-liter V6, tuned here to deliver 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, just as it did last year. That power is routed through Nissan's latest Xtronic continually variable transmission, with standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. Fuel economy figures have not yet been released, but Nissan says it expects a 20-percent improvement over the outgoing model's middling figures (FWD model: 18 miles per gallon city/24 highway) thanks to a 130-pound weight loss, improved aerodynamics and a more efficient powertrain. This, despite a larger footprint.

The interior is all-new as well, and it needed to be the newer, less-costly Rogue had grown in size and ambition, crowding the Kyushu-built second-generation Murano's space and besting its cabin quality. The 2015 Murano looks to have successfully separated itself from its upstart sibling, with so-called "Zero Gravity" seats like those found in the Altima, along with available heating and cooling (rear seats are also available heated), a much larger panoramic moonroof and an upsized cargo area. While not the most practical of colors, the leather-lined ivory cabin seen here looks very premium, offset by piano black trim and some unusual white striated "wood" on the center console, doors and dashboard.
The styling has always been a welcome breath of fresh air in the mid-size crossover segment too. The styling also cuts down on visibility though as usual.

How unfortunate; I've always liked how Nissan executed their CVT's (or maybe JATCO) in their Murano. However the issue is they've never added a higher engine trim. Less than 260 HP for that curb weight and profile does not inspire confidence like a turbocharged 4-cylinder from the Altima or maybe a Nismo-tuned engine would. I don't need a GT-R in that Murano but, honestly, it's almost Pathfinder territory and it's only sporting similar engine numbers. The Pathfinder bogs down once you load it up. Extra power in both the Murano and Pathfinder is something I would welcome even at the penalty of a higher MSRP for another trim.

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Very enticing except for the fact that the AWD has always been subpar until recently compared to Subaru too.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:37 AM   #2
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I had an 07 Murano SE and absolutely loved it (minus the transmission issues, which I sold after the warranty expired). The CVT transmission was really smooth and the power delivery was great. It was such a comfortable and quiet ride and I had absolutely no problem driving through heavy snow. If I had kids, I would definitely consider a new Murano providing the CVT problems have been addressed and fixed.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:44 AM   #3
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Nissan does have a supercharged 2.5 liter for their mild hybrid system now.
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I had an 07 Murano SE and absolutely loved it (minus the transmission issues, which I sold after the warranty expired). The CVT transmission was really smooth and the power delivery was great. It was such a comfortable and quiet ride and I had absolutely no problem driving through heavy snow. If I had kids, I would definitely consider a new Murano providing the CVT problems have been addressed and fixed.
What CVT issues did you encounter?
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Please tell me they are making a convertible again for this model??



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What CVT issues did you encounter?
The same ones many Nissan owners encounter. Google "Nissan Murano CVT problems". There are lots of Murano owners that really liked the cars but the consensus is that the transmissions don't last which is why Nissan has extended the warranties to 10 years to give buyers piece of mind. The CVT transmission issues have been so costly for Nissan that they actually cut into profits. Nissan did lay down the hammer on Jatco so maybe the newer transmissions are better.
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What CVT issues did you encounter?
I can't remember what exactly it was, but both of my diffs were also replaced during ownership as well as the high pressure power steering hose

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The same ones many Nissan owners encounter. Google "Nissan Murano CVT problems". There are lots of Murano owners that really liked the cars but the consensus is that the transmissions don't last which is why Nissan has extended the warranties to 10 years to give buyers piece of mind. The CVT transmission issues have been so costly for Nissan that they actually cut into profits. Nissan did lay down the hammer on Jatco so maybe the newer transmissions are better.

Pretty much this. I really enjoyed the vehicle and would own one again as long as it had a full warranty.
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Nissan announced that there will be no more Murano cabrio. One of the worst ideas ever.

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The same ones many Nissan owners encounter. Google "Nissan Murano CVT problems". There are lots of Murano owners that really liked the cars but the consensus is that the transmissions don't last which is why Nissan has extended the warranties to 10 years to give buyers piece of mind. The CVT transmission issues have been so costly for Nissan that they actually cut into profits. Nissan did lay down the hammer on Jatco so maybe the newer transmissions are better.
Thanks I'll have to read about it. I knew someone with an 03 but they only had it for 3-4 years, no issues though.
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On the same level as the dual exhausts, is that seriously a white/clear backup light? It couldn't be a trailer hitch. It could be their rear cross traffic alert I guess. Love the styling either way. A big plus on the functional rear wiper unlike Honda's rear wiper on the Fit.

I've always wanted a Murano but the ground clearance was never enough for me. And the AWD was never on par with Subaru. ;<
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On the same level as the dual exhausts, is that seriously a white/clear backup light? It couldn't be a trailer hitch. It could be their rear cross traffic alert I guess. Love the styling either way. A big plus on the functional rear wiper unlike Honda's rear wiper on the Fit.

I've always wanted a Murano but the ground clearance was never enough for me. And the AWD was never on par with Subaru. ;<
How much ground clearance do you need? Subaru might have a better awd system, but I never had any problems getting through deep snow with my murano. Subaru might be a more fun vehicle in the snow, but you don't exactly purchase a murano to go snow drifting in. For pure commute purpose, I found the murano to be much more enjoyable.
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How much ground clearance do you need? Subaru might have a better awd system, but I never had any problems getting through deep snow with my murano. Subaru might be a more fun vehicle in the snow, but you don't exactly purchase a murano to go snow drifting in. For pure commute purpose, I found the murano to be much more enjoyable.
The Tribeca replacement isn't here yet. The Murano is a more upscale version of the Tribeca somewhat (minus the two jump seats). Better appointed interior, amenities, styling (for now), and stuff.

But I would never go back to a non-boxer CUV. I love the handling of my Subaru Forester. Ground clearance? Land Rover air-suspension-esque ground clearance preferably. ;D But that's a want, not a need.
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The Tribeca replacement isn't here yet. The Murano is a more upscale version of the Tribeca somewhat (minus the two jump seats). Better appointed interior, amenities, styling (for now), and stuff.

But I would never go back to a non-boxer CUV. I love the handling of my Subaru Forester. Ground clearance? Land Rover air-suspension-esque ground clearance preferably. ;D But that's a want, not a need.
the forester will definitely handle better, but is also a smaller vehicle And cost significantly less. I think it just comes down to preference. The murano is a more plush, soccer mom style vehicle. There really is nothing exciting about the murano, just a very comfortable and somewhat stylish vehicle.
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the forester will definitely handle better, but is also a smaller vehicle And cost significantly less. I think it just comes down to preference. The murano is a more plush, soccer mom style vehicle. There really is nothing exciting about the murano, just a very comfortable and somewhat stylish vehicle.
We cross-shopped Muranos and ended up with an MDX. The Nissan gets a hell of a lot more expensive than you'd expect with options.
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We cross-shopped Muranos and ended up with an MDX. The Nissan gets a hell of a lot more expensive than you'd expect with options.
I priced one not too long ago, just for fun and they do get damn expensive
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It has a lot of tech in it and the quality inside is almost Infiniti levels. But then option up a Ford Edge, Explorer or Flex and you can get over $50k.
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