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Form overtakes function in the 2009 Nissan Murano’s second-row seats, but at least it’s a pretty form.
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Expert Quotes:

“immensely comfy”
MyRide

“marginally smaller than before”
Car and Driver

“Infiniti trickle-down effect”
Automobile

Reviewers were pleasantly surprised that the Murano’s interior felt much more richly appointed than before, but backseat room and cargo-carrying capacity still were a step behind the bigger crossovers on the market.

ConsumerGuide praised the 2009 Nissan Murano’s “large-adult room and comfort,” but felt “the wide seatbacks could use more side bolstering.” They also noted “six-footers have good headroom, even with the optional sunroof.” Visibility is good to the front, but to the rear, the Murano’s sloping roofline cuts into sight lines. MyRide also found the Murano’s leather-clad front buckets “immensely comfy.”

MyRide also thought the rear bench had “plenty of room for our five-foot-eight-inch editor,” but many of the reviews of the 2009 Nissan Murano complained about the space and visibility from the back seat. Car and Driver noted the interior is “marginally smaller than in the previous model,” but said the “passenger space is better than in the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-7,” with nearly identical cargo room. Cars.com noted that the rear-seat floor is “almost perfectly flat,” which is good for foot room.

Autoblog was among the many reviewers that discovered the Murano’s sexy shape took a big chunk out of the cargo area, that space was “sacrificed on the altar of attractive exterior design.” The cargo area has one cubic foot less space than the previous Murano, they noted, but folding down the backseat frees up 64 cubic feet of room. Cars.com pointed out that the cargo area was easily accessed, with flip-fold second-row seats that are power-operated in ritzier models. A power liftgate is an option, and the Murano can tow 3,500 pounds.

The 2009 Nissan Murano doesn’t offer a third-row seat, like some larger crossovers.

But it’s the improvement in quality that all reviewers picked up on. Automobile compliments “the Infiniti trickle-down effect in the Murano's cabin, where the handsome center stack looks as if it's straight out of an Infiniti M45.” But they did want to throw the “poorly designed cargo cover into a dumpster.” ConsumerGuide says, “road noise is fairly well controlled,” and adds, “most controls are easy to reach and use.” Car and Driver sums it up by saying the Murano’s interior has “gone from class lagging to class leading.”

TheCarConnection.com’s editors appreciated the Murano’s seats, which are wonderfully simple and comfortable too, in a Volvo way. We found the rear seat a little more objectionable for adults; the optional moonroof cuts deeply into headroom, and larger backseat passengers won’t have much extra legroom.


Conclusion

Form overtakes function in the 2009 Nissan Murano’s second-row seats, but at least it’s a pretty form.

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