Another new, innovative Murano feature is an available foldaway cargo organizer. Standard interior features include push button ignition, dual-zone climate controls, and an AM/FM/CD6/six-speaker audio system with AUX-in jack, VTR jack and MP3/WMA capability.
The XM satellite radio and an awesome Bose audio system are available as upgrades. However, an iPod connector is only offered in the top-of-the-line LE model.
All 2009 Muranos feature Nissan's award-winning 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine. Power is transferred to a new, advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Adaptive Shift Control (ACS) that provides a sporty driving experience and the smoothness that only a shift-less transmission can offer.
All 2009 Muranos are available in front-wheel drive or with an advanced all-wheel-drive system that adjusts to road conditions. AWD models provide sure-footed traction on slippery pavement.
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction Control System (TCS) for all-weather confidence in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations is standard on all Murano models.
The ride is exceptionally smooth and quiet. About the only complaint I have is that when changing lanes you'll need to rely totally on your side mirrors as the small rear quarter windows restrict visibility. Fuel economy is a bit low, too. My 2009 Murano SL AWD tester was rated at 18/23 mpg.
Still, with a price range of about $27,000 to $37,000, the Murano is very likable. It's a vehicle that looks better in person. And it's a vehicle that once you drive it, you'll be hooked. 2009 Nissan Murano SL AWD
3.5-liter (265 hp) V-6 Transmission:
CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) automatic Drive type:
AWD Fuel economy:
18 city/23 highway Base price:
$29,480 As tested:
$32,825 (includes $745 for destination) Web site: www.nissanusa.com