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2011 Nissan Murano Performance

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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.

CVTs tend not to allow much driving fun, but there's really nothing to complain about here. Overall, the Murano is one of the best CVTs our editors have driven, with smooth, unobtrusive operation and less of the rubber-band feel that you get with smaller engines and CVTs. 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.

The 2011 Nissan Murano accelerates quickly and smoothly, but driving enthusiasts need not apply.

The Murano can tow about the same as most minivans—3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.

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