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Used Nissan Murano Overview And How To Buy At The Best Price
We happen to believe the Murano is one heck of an SUV. From its innovative styling, to its feature level, to its car-like handling, we've always been impressed.
And we're far from alone on this. "Expert" reviews have always been strong for this crossover (an SUV built on a car platform) and commonly note superior steering and handling, transmission behavior, ride stability, comfort and support as well as performance.
For example, Edmunds.com says (when describing the 2003 - 2007 Murano), " ... its combination of an SUV-like high driving position and ample cargo room along with sedan-like handling and acceleration was virtually unprecedented".
It also doesn't suprise us a bit that J.D. Power rates it a perfect 5 for Performance, Style and Creature Comforts. And owners give it high grades as well. 228 Consumer Reviews over at Edmunds.com give it a whopping 9.2 out of 10. And whose opinions are better than people who actually own a vehicle?
We'd have to say that its handling is its most impressive quality. The steering is easy and precise and it holds flat in the curves. The engine is very energetic with quick acceleration and highway passing is a breeze. And seating is particularly comfortable with excellent back support. Plenty of legroom and interior space as well.
The first-generation Nissan Murano was introduced in 2003 and carried through the 2007 model year. (It should be noted that there was no 2008 Murano.) They were equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produced 245 horsepower and was mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Initially, only a sport-oriented SE model and luxury-oriented SL model were offered. The base S model, the price leader although still well-equipped, was introduced for 2005.
The original design was uniquely distinctive and all Muranos were outfitted with a long list of standard features. Even the base S trim came well-equipped with standard features such as dual-zone climate control, 18-inch wheels, a CD player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a 7-inch LCD display screen. Opting for the SL added features such as a 10-way power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support, a rearview monitor and a cargo cover and net, while the top-of-the-line SE came with a sport-tuned suspension, a manual shift mode for the CVT and xenon headlamps.
Used Murano models can also be found with options such as adjustable pedals, a Bose stereo, a sunroof, a roofrack and a DVD-based navigation system.
This first-generation gets high scores for design, power, handling and feature availability. On the downside, the CVT was a bit sluggish which somewhat diminished its lively driving capacity and there were also some lower-grade cabin materials (both of these issues were successfully addressed in the second-generation). But these drawbacks were minor in comparison to the positives.
The Murano entered its second generation with the redesign for the 2009 model year. Available in S, SL, SV and top-of-the-line LE models, the Murano received some fairly subtle exterior styling changes, additional power, an upgraded CVT and a still further improved interior design with higher grade materials. Again offered in front-wheel or all-wheel drive choices, under the hood of the new Murano was a 3.5-liter V6 that pumped out 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque.
Again, even the entry level S was very well equipped, with uplevel standard features including all power accessories, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, a telescoping steering wheel, a split/folding rear seat, a trip computer, a 6-speaker sound system, a 6-disc CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack. Moving up to the SL added a power driver seat, power return rear seats (return to upright, if lowered, at the touch of a button), privacy glass and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with auxiliary audio controls.
The SV (introduced in 2011) came standard with a panoramic sunroof, a 7-inch color display screen, automatic headlights, power front seats (8-way driver, 4-way passenger), a rearview camera, roof rails, foglights, Bluetooth, satellite radio, iPod integration and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.
Standard features of the top-of-the-line LE included leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, power driver and passenger front seats, 20-inch alloy wheels, a rear power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, heated side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, keyless ignition/entry, roof rails, automatic xenon headlights, a pop-up cargo area organizer, an upgraded Bose audio system, satellite radio, iPod integration, a rearview camera and Bluetooth.
Many LE features can also be found on the SL and SE via several option packages. Other options include a hard-drive navigation system, a dual-panel sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Overall, this newest Murano version is well-regarded for its stylish appearance, attractive interior, strong engine and athletic handling abilities. On the downside, its fuel economy is only so-so (18 mpg city and 23 mpg on the highway for both FWD and AWD models) there are also some rear visibility issues. But even with that said, most competing models have a hard time matching up with the Murano's dual appeal of style and performance.
All in all, the Murano scores well for looks, power, handling and creature comforts and we think it makes a very strong choice as a used crossover SUV purchase. We also have some suggestions to help you save money when buying one.
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There are actually several different ways to buy a used Murano at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Auto Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.
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