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This is where to 2010 Nissan Murano LE comes in because not only can it satisfy your need to watch your financial bottom line but because it also has an interior feel much like that of the finest thrones in airline business class. The seats are covered in really rich feeling leather (with the LE getting double stitching on the seams), the wood trim is amazingly lifelike and the metal trim is actual, well, metal. The buttons and navigation controls are lifted pretty much whole from sister luxury brand Infiniti.
But although the interior of the 2010 Murano LE is plush like an Infiniti it is definitely not priced like one. The LE trim is the top level 2010 Murano and starts at $36,580 while the most basic Murano starts at only $28,050 nicely equipped with the basics, a CVT automatic and a 3.5 liter 265-horsepower V-6. Even if you pimp out your 2010 Murano LE with the navigation package (which also comes with XM and a hard-drive song storage system) you can steal leave your local Nissan dealer with change from $40,000.
So what is so special about getting this special LE package with the 2010 Murano? Two words: alloy wheels. The 20-inch alloys that come standard on the Murano LE really finish off a highly stylized SUV package that up until now was missing something. These alloys take the Murano from “mommy-mobile” to “mommy’s little a**-kicker” in one quick step.
The LE is also the trim level of the 2010 Murano that pretty much gives you everything you could need and more as part of the basic MSRP. The 2010 Nissan Murano LE as standard comes with a Bose Premium Audio System with 9-speakers and a subwoofer, the awesome Nissan/Infiniti iPod interface, Bluetooth, back-up camera, leather, a power liftgate, High Intensity Discharge (HID) Bi-Xenon headlamps, auto wipers, heated front and rear seats, power driver and passenger’s seat, cool looking electroluminescent gauges and much more.
Bengt Halvorson of The Car Connection gave the 2010 Murano an excellent score of 8.2 out of 10 and said, “The Nissan Murano appeals to those who value style and refinement over practicality.” Granted, the Murano has about the same amount of cargo space as the more diminutive Hyundai Elantra Touring but that is the price you pay for the Nissan’s ample rear legroom.
If you live in a snow-belt state do keep in mind that all Murano models are available with all-wheel drive. If you live somewhere that you don’t see all that much snow go ahead and save yourself a few bucks by selecting the front wheel drive version. You will get better gas mileage, it will still grip the road in inclement weather and later on down the road you will appreciate not having to service an all-wheel drive system regularly.