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2009 Nissan Murano

2009 Nissan Murano

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One of the more important vehicles at this week’s Los Angeles auto show will be the new 2009 Nissan Murano, a second-generation crossover making its first public showing before its on-sale date early next year.

The new Murano carries the torch of the first generation in terms of size, power, and particularly in looks. A smoother, tauter rendition of the shape that made its debut with the original vehicle in 2003, the new Murano looks even more balanced and aggressive than its predecessor. The wider hood and available 20-inch wheels give it a beefier stance, while new LED taillamps and a second-row skylight give it the feel of business-class transportation, Nissan hints.


The Murano’s interior gets an equally impressive makeover, with a much richer-appearing interior and plenty of updated hardware. A pushbutton start system is standard, while options include Intelligent Key, a Bose audio system, and a DVD navigation system coupled to a 9.3-GB music hard drive. An iPod connectivity kit is standard on LE models. Wood and aluminum trim are available as options, as are heated front and back seats, a power liftgate, and a rearview camera. The standard audio system includes a six-disc changer and an auxiliary jack.


2009 Nissan Murano

2009 Nissan Murano

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In terms of hardware, the new Murano covers much of the same territory as before. Front- and all-wheel-drive versions are offered. Both come only with Nissan’s 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, and side and curtain airbags are standard.


The Murano shares its architecture, again, with the new Altima sedan. Five models will be offered: S and SL with front- or all-wheel drive; and the LE, which is only offered in all-wheel drive.


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