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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
“Infiniti trickle-down effect”
cheesy interior trim, which was as low-rent as a trailer park in Alabama
Car and Driver
Most reviewers point out that the Nissan Murano has a richly appointed interior, but there are quite a few complaints about interior space, as well as visibility—plus some criticisms of the materials used for accents and trims. There's no third-row seat, but the 2010 Murano can accommodate five.
MyRide finds the Murano’s leather-clad front buckets “immensely comfy,” while ConsumerGuide praises the 2010 Nissan Murano’s “large-adult room and comfort,” but “the wide seatbacks could use more side bolstering.” They also note “six-footers have good headroom, even with the optional sunroof.”
MyRide thinks the rear bench has “plenty of room for our five-foot-eight-inch editor,” but many other reviewers complain that space is rather tight in the backseat. Car and Driver notes the interior is “marginally smaller than in the previous model,” but “passenger space is better than in the Ford Edge and Mazda CX-7,” with nearly identical cargo room. Cars.com deems the rear-seat floor “almost perfectly flat,” which is good for foot room.
Cargo space is clearly compromised in the Murano—and TheCarConnection.com's editors note that the cargo floor is a bit higher than in some other crossover models. Autoblog mentions that space is “sacrificed on the altar of attractive exterior design.” The cargo area has one cubic foot less space than the previous Murano, they note, but folding down the backseat frees up 64 cubic feet of room. Cars.com points out that the cargo area is 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.
Most reviewers mention the high-quality feel of the interior, with a few exceptions. 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 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 finds a lot of fault with trim details, calling the interior trim "cheesy," and "as low-rent as a trailer park in Alabama." Yikes.
The beautiful form and design details of the 2010 Nissan Murano don't make this crossover exceptionally roomy or useful, but there's still a lot to like.