2011 Nissan Murano Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2011 Nissan Murano isn't the most practical choice among crossovers, but it's a gem for style and refinement.

The 2011 Nissan Murano is considerably more stylish and refined than other mid-size crossovers, and that's one of its main selling points. With seating for five, it does not offer a third row of seating, off-road ability, or impressive towing capability. Think of it more as a tall, style-conscious wagon that doesn't instantly evoke images of strollers and animal crackers.

The Murano's smooth, unified styling inside and out is part of what makes it so appealing to shoppers in the first place. While the look mostly got considerably sleeker and flamboyant with its last redesign, with bulbous fenders and oversize badging, the Murano's grille is, to be kind, controversial, with the very glitzy chrome grille looking like crooked teeth. For 2011, Nissan has toned down the look in front a little bit, by incorporating running lamps and reducing the grille's size. Tail lamps also get a cleaner look.

Power for all 2011 Nissan Murano models comes from a smooth, powerful 3.5-liter V-6 engine, paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Murano S, SV, and SL versions come with front-wheel drive and an optional all-wheel-drive system, while the top LE version has standard all-wheel drive.

Overall, the Murano's powertrain is responsive and leans toward doing the right thing, complementing the responsive handling and firm but absorbent ride. The 2011 Nissan Murano isn't a performance machine, nor is it completely comfort-oriented. But thanks to its city-slick style and a gutsy yet very refined powertrain, the Murano manages to pull off that compromise in a way that will please almost everyone.

While the 2011 Nissan Murano is very satisfying in terms of styling and performance, space and utility are disappointments. The front seats are comfortable and adjustable for a wide range of drivers, the backseat has just enough legroom, and the seating position feels somewhat low. Three adults can fit across if need be, but the Murano is primarily a four-passenger vehicle. Due to the roofline, the cargo area is a bit small with the second row up in place, and the cargo floor is higher than you might guess from the outside.

A new value-packed SV trim joins the Murano lineup for 2011; the SV trims fit between basic S and mid-level SL trims in the lineup, while the luxurious LE trim still still tops off the range.

A number of 2011 model year enhancements for the Murano include a change of instrument panel illumination from orange to white, the addition of an auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink Universal Transceiver to Murano SL. This model also comes available with a heated steering wheel, a Bose stereo with nine speakers and a dual subwoofer. Finally, the Murano LE comes with new center stack colors and new wood grain trim. Nissan has also added a new Graphite Blue color option to the range.

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January 23, 2017
2016 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door SV

Stylish and fun. Well made car

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Cons: -noisier than my 2003 tundra. Figured it would have less road noise from reviews I read. It's ok but not quietest SUV I have been in. -speakers shot after 1/2 year warranty replacing but seems quick... + More »
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March 16, 2016
2016 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door Platinum

Amazing to look at, you can't wait to jump in a drive her

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The zero gravity seats sell the Murano. Amazing comfort but a little disappointed in the steering. This vehicle is perfect for the wife and I. Highly recommended!
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October 23, 2015
2016 Nissan Murano FWD 4-Door Platinum

Awesomeness Murano

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I simply love my Murano for its looks, safety and reliability. Truly an SUV that is the Neighbours Envy and Owners Pride!!!
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October 21, 2015
2016 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door Platinum Hybrid

not as I expected

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Looks great, feels great, but s to safety features it lacks a lot, no auto dim door mirrors for platinum models, manual change radio stations, have to lean a lot to get to button, on steering only changes... + More »
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November 25, 2015
2015 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door Platinum

3rd Gen Murano Awesome

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This is my second Murano. I am very pleased with the improvements made in this new generation. Very nice exterior and interior. Entertainment/Nav very easy to use. Looking forward to some road trips.
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October 3, 2015
2015 Nissan Murano FWD 4-Door Platinum

Great crossover but too soon to tell in long run.

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Have only had the Murano for a few weeks but everything seems great at this point. Love the style (inside & outside) and looks like fuel economy will exceed epa estimates. Was concerned about ride quality with... + More »
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August 17, 2015
2015 Nissan Murano FWD 4-Door SL

Great quite ride, very safe w/tech package. Wife just loves it.

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The ride is both quite and soft. I really like the infotainment system and the tech package w/ adaptive cruise control. The 360 degree camera is so nice because it's a hard vehicle to see out of when backing... + More »
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July 29, 2015
2015 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door Platinum

Great car with dangerous Cruise Control

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This is our 3rd Nissan. Our last was a 2011 Murano which my wife loved. When it was time for a new car Murano was our first choice. The Good: Interior is nice and new seats are great for long trips. Gas... + More »
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May 18, 2015
2015 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door SL

Excellent highway cruiser and a great value

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I have just over 1000 miles on my AWD Murano SL with the technology package. Just got back from a trip to Houston where it performed very well during very severe weather with heavy rain and flash flooding. I... + More »
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May 13, 2015
2015 Nissan Murano AWD 4-Door SL

Unmatched in ride quality , interior comfort, roadholding and elegance, period!

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The combination of design, comfort, and safety offers a new reference point to the automotive industry. My blue 2015 Murano SL rides like a magic carpet, has seating more comfortable than my living room, and... + More »
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