2012 Nissan Murano Review
One of Nissan’s most successful models, the Murano, continues its successful run into the 2012 model year. It is a vehicle that has frequently received accolades for its comfort, style, and sophistication. It’s reputation is among the best in the five seater crossover SUV category.
The powertrain in the 2012 Nissan Murano mates a sufficiently powerful V-6 to a CVT, or continuously variable automatic transmission. Nissan’s success with their innovative CVT design is well-known. It competes favorably with traditional automatic transmissions by avoiding the sluggishness or hi rev drone that CVTs are commonly criticized for. The engine is rated at 260 hp and 240 ft lbs of torque. The suspension is finely tuned and it performs well. Both traction control and stability control are standard. Highway fuel economy is rated at 24 mpg. All-wheel drive Muranos will get a little less.
There are four trim levels to select from at several price points. At the high-end, your Murano can include a panoramic sun roof, all-wheel drive, navigation, leather and larger 20 inch rims. If the smoothest ride is desired, skip the 20 inch wheels. If you want a little more performance and a crisp ride, the bigger rims are fine. They also add to the already gorgeous look of the exterior.
The Murano offers most of the creature comforts that it’s cousin, the Infiniti FX, does. Depending on the trim level, options include bi-xenon headlamps, streaming bluetooth, front and rear heated seats, headrest-mounted screens with DVD system, power liftgate, keyless entry, heated outside mirrors, and nine speaker Bose audio. The list goes on. Murano is a crossover that will provide all the luxury that most will desire, but without the full luxury price tag.
Cargo space is adequate but not overwhelming. There is 31.5 cu ft of space. That expands to 64 cu ft of space when the rear seat is folded down. Families may debate the need for a third row of sears and more cargo space. If space trumps performance among your priorities, the Quest is an option. If a five seater crossover can meet your needs, the Murano remains one of the finest vehicles around.