2013 Nissan Murano Styling

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As either a clean break away from the crossover-vehicle mainstream, or as a particularly cohesively styled family device, the Murano remains a good-looking vehicle. It's a station wagon when you get down to it, but it's one that's much more voluptuous.

The current version, we've thought, carries itself more assertively as a crisply detailed, high-shouldered tall wagon and less than the single-piece designer-footwear look of the first-generation Murano. The toothy chrome grille is a bit of a distraction to the rest of the design, but moving inside to the cabin it all meshes together in a convincing way, even though inside the Murano comes close to overdoing it on the rounded and bulbous shapes.

The Nissan Murano has a upscale-looking tall-wagon style that feels cohesive, inside and out.
We think there's only one issue with the otherwise sleek exterior: The toothy, chromey grille remains a distraction from the rest of the buff, smoothly integrated design. Ever since it was redesigned in 2009, that's remained the sore point of an otherwise sophisticated look. A couple of years ago Nissan has made some attempts to tone down the look with new running lamps flanking the grille, but the difference itself is subtle.

Inside, the Murano has a two-tiered instrument-panel design that can look either smooth and curvaceous, or a little bulbous. As a whole, the Interior looks coordinated as a budget-level Infiniti as much as with the Maxima sedan.

A hooded gauge cluster fits the upscale impression, while the center-stack arrangement is both stylish and logically arranged, with the nav-system or trip-computer screen up top and audio and climate controls just below.

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