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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
“Pushbutton start is a neat gimmick, but it’s just that”
“Fully loaded...a Murano will come close to topping $40,000.”
Car and Driver
All the reviews researched by TheCarConnection.com’s car experts talk about the Nissan Murano’s extensive list of standard and optional gear.
Car and Driver says that the base S model is "a touch Spartan." Cars.com reports that the base model’s cloth seats “are manual, with six-way driver and four-way passenger adjustments.” Edmunds.com observes the list of standard features on even the base model includes full power accessories, automatic climate control, “a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, split/folding rear seat, a trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer and auxiliary audio jack.” The Intelligent Key keyless entry and starting system has been added to the standard features list for 2010. The upmarket SL version adds a power driver seat, a power rear seat, and steering-wheel audio controls, while the LE version gets the most standard stuff; it has a power liftgate, heated side mirrors, 20-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, a power passenger seat, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and a Bose audio system. And for 2010, the dual-panel moonroof is standard on the LE.
The options list includes some tempting extras. Autoblog recommends the rear-seat DVD player, but thinks the standard “pushbutton start is a neat gimmick, but it's just that. Same goes for the power open and close liftgate.” They dislike the touchscreen on base models that controls the radio: “We were forced to plod through screen after screen of data using numerous buttons just to change radio stations.” Popular Mechanics notes that with the navigation system, you also get an “audio system with 9.3GB of music storage.”
Car and Driver cautions against ordering all the options: “Fully loaded...a Murano will come close to topping $40,000.” They also note all-wheel drive can be ordered on base models for just $1,600.
If you're willing to step up to the top-of-the-line Nissan Murano LE, it has everything you might want in a luxury device, but having it all means parting with nearly $40,000.