For individuals looking for an affordable vehicle that isn’t going to break the bank in gas the Nissan Murano should be a good choice. While it certainly has some downsides – and what vehicle doesn’t? – overall those who have experienced it seem to be pleased. The 2013 Murano is available in 4 models: the S, SV, SL and LE. The S starts at just $30,450, while the SV and SL are $32,990 and $37,800, respectively. The premier model, the Murano LE, runs for a starting MSRP of $39,640. Nissan created this ride to be available in 8 different color schemes, so consumers will have several options to choose from. Classified as a crossover SUV, the Murano maintains a sleek, rounded design and very modern appearance.
The interior of the cabin is also available in several leather color schemes, including beige and black leather. As with most of Nissan’s recent vehicles, the Murano has a push-start ignition button. This means that the key only has to be inside the car for the driver to push a button and ignite the engine. Further adding to the convenience of this crossover is the GPS navigation screen that comes standard on all models. This navigation system can provide turn-by-turn directions to wherever one’s travels may take them. The steering wheel has controls on it for Bluetooth connectivity, audio settings and cruise control. The LE comes with a Bose Premium sound system, while other models come with a standard 6-speaker audio system. Legroom for all passengers is more than accommodating and the rear seats even recline to allow for maximum occupant comfort. One thing test drivers didn’t like is that the temperature/climate control settings can be somewhat awkward to use. The heated seats can also take longer than they should to warm up and then once they do, they get uncomfortably warm relatively quickly. However the Murano is one of the few cars today that has heated rear seats. It also comes with a power lift tailgate that can be operated remotely to open and close the tailgate.
All 4 models come with a 3.5-liter Dual Overhead Camshaft V6 engine with 260 horsepower and obtaining 24 MPG on the highway and 18 around town. They all come with Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System and all but the S have rearview parking assist for added safety. Nissan has also included side-curtain, front and rear airbags, along with a tire pressure monitoring system. It also has an active brake limited slip differential to ensure optimum safety, even in extremely hazardous road conditions. The steering column has also been designed with energy-absorbing technology, to provide the most safety to the driver, during the event of a head-on collision.
Even though the Murano didn’t win any awards in safety or performance, it is still a hard vehicle to discount, when searching for an affordable, functional crossover. Get out and drive one today to decide for yourself.