Of those changes, the changes in front are probably most appreciated; since the Murano's last major redesign, for 2009, the model's toothy chrome grille, which overlaps the headlights, was criticized by some critics and shoppers alike. The new look slims down the grille itself, for a less toothy grin, and provides a lower strip that leads into the headlamps, in a more flowing appearance overall; the lower front airdam is also smoother in design.
In a strategy that looks positioned to bring significantly higher sticker prices to most Murano models on the lot, Nissan has has reconfigured the Murano's trims, adding an SV model that's better-equipped but more expensive than last year's SL.
Prices have risen appreciably throughout in the Murano lineup. The base front-wheel-drive Murano S now has an MSRP of $28,500—that's $450 more expensive for 2011 than 2010—while the top-of-the-line Murano LE all-wheel-drive model is now priced $960 higher than last year, now at $39,140.
The Murano SL model, meanwhile, moves several thousand dollars upscale with the addition of last year's Premium, Leather, Moonroof, and Technology Packages as standard equipment.
In a full review of the Murano, The Car Connection has pointed to the Murano's sensible size, nicely styled interior, and refined, strong V-6 as reasons to consider this five-passenger crossover, but warned that difficult rearward visibility and a surprisingly tight interior might not make it an ideal match for busy families. Just as before, the Murano is powered by a 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and Xtronic continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), and you can choose between front- and all-wheel-drive versions.