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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
There are even rear-facing air vents mounted in the B-pillars. It's thoughtful touches like these that set this Nissan apart from the crossover status quo.
wide seat backs could use more side bolstering, as the available leather seats can be slippery in turns
The second row is designed much like a sofa with the ability to slightly recline.
plenty of soft-touch materials on display along with pleasing aluminum accents, as well as a boatload of available luxury features
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The padding and covers on the seat frames are as pleasing to the hand as they are to the tush
While the 2012 Nissan Murano has comfortable seating and an interior that feels like that of a luxury-brand vehicle, the swept-back, curvaceous styling cuts down on usable interior space.
Compare the Murano's interior packaging—especially cargo space—with that of boxy, upright vehicles like the Honda Pilot or the (outgoing) Ford Edge, and it's easy to see that curves have a price. The Murano's utility is significantly hampered by the low roofline and the sloping rear end.
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; but the back seat does fold forward easily—it's even power-operated on top models—for a nearly flat cargo floor. You can also opt for a power liftgate, but unless you're having trouble reaching that high, it really isn't necessary here.
There's plenty to like in the seating itself, though. The front seats are comfortable and adjustable for a wide range of drivers—although the sunroof can get in the way of headroom—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.The Murano's cabin is very nicely appointed—on par with the Maxima sedan and feeling, in most respects, like a true luxury-brand vehicle because of some very well-coordinated, upscale trims and materials. There's also a high-quality feel to the switchgear. Road noise is also well controlled.
The 2012 Nissan Murano is comfortable and luxurious, but its curvaceous exterior gets in the way of utility in some respects.