It wasn’t all that long ago that TheCarConnection.com waxed enthusiastic about the new 2009 Nissan Murano.
“It's so relentlessly refined, that the airy PR comparisons to Lexus' RX crossover actually hold water. The 2009 Murano is just as smooth as the RX, definitely sharper in profile, and very nearly the Lexus' equal in interior refinement,” we wrote in our review from last month’s first drive.
Now Nissan’s given us another reason to appreciate the new crossover. The base price of the new Murano, Nissan confirmed today, will be $1500 cheaper than the last generation. Even with the addition of a more powerful V-6 engine, a new platform and a more advanced continuously variable transmission, the basic front-drive Murano S will start from $26,330, not including destination charges. Adding all-wheel drive boosts the price to $27,930.
The next step up the ladder is the Murano SL; the front-drive version retails for $27,880, while the all-wheel-drive version checks in at $29,480.
The most expensive Murano is the LE with all-wheel drive. It’s priced from $35,910, and includes features like XM satellite radio, Bluetooth, wood trim, a power liftgate and a rearview camera.
The new Murano goes on sale this week.