The Nissan Murano got a complete redesign for 2009, with a cleaner, sleeker look on the outside (except for the controversial grille), along with a more sophisticated-looking interior. While the look mostly got considerably sleeker and flamboyant, 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.
The Murano's instrument panel has also become a little more distinctive and contained hints of Infiniti vehicles, as well as the brand's Maxima flagship. The center stack of controls has a new two-tiered design, with a screen (nav system or trip computer) up top and audio/climate functions below. In between, it gets a set of menu buttons and a controller for screen-based functions. The gauge cluster is also revamped, replacing a flat set of instruments with a multilayered arrangement of hooded dials.