If you are in the market for a crossover SUV that is neither too large nor too small, then check out the Nissan Murano . Designed as Nissan’s first crossover SUV for the North American market, it started production in 2002 and is still a popular choice today. Although many people appreciate the Murano for its beauty, its safety and mileage play important roles in the buying decision, too.
The 2003 model year was the Murano’s debut. It boasted a handsome 245 horsepower 3.5L V6. Although front-wheel drive was standard, Nissan offered an optional all-wheel drive model. The manufacturer’s decision to utilize independent suspension on each of the four wheels proved wise, as the Murano led the SUV class in ride and handling. Other features during the first generation included airbags, head restraints, and a steel-reinforced cabin. Newer features came along in later model years, including LED headlamps and turn signals, backup cameras, GPS navigation, and a more modern-looking front end.
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The Second Generation (2008 to 2014)
Oddly enough, there was never a 2008 Nissan Murano as the manufacturer went straight into the 2009 model year with a new outlook on many things. The exterior was more “bubbly” during this generation, and they introduced a luxury edition with features like rain-sensing wipers, touchscreen navigation, fold-up rear seats with power activation, and more. The second generation maintained the balance between power and economy with the same 3.5L V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. During the 2011 model year, new 18-inch wheels appeared on the Murano.
Today’s Generation (2014 to Present)
Today’s Murano looks like a brand new SUV. The nose now points downward somewhat for enhanced aerodynamics and fuel economy, and Nissan continues to offer the Murano with the traditional 3.5L V6 which has served it so well throughout the years. It comes with a variety of new technologies, including touchscreen navigation, an amazing Bose sound system, and unique direct-from-factory color options. Nissan even integrated USB ports for all of the passengers to provide access for smartphone and tablet charging. Heated leather seats are an option, as is adjustable ambient lighting on the vehicle’s interior.
Nissan is one of the most popular cars in the world in terms of customization, and while the Murano comes with 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels direct from the factory, many companies make aftermarket rims that add a hint of style and personalization. These range in price based on factors like design and materials, and no matter what you prefer, you can find it all new or used via Canadian classifieds. In fact, you can buy rims painted to match Nissan’s wide variety of factory paint colors such as Pacific Sunset or Java Metallic, or you can find the more traditional black and chrome rims.
The Nissan Murano has come a long way since its 2003 introduction, but even then it was one of the most popular crossover SUVs in North America. These days, you can find a variety of factory and customized Nissan Muranos online via your favorite Canadian classified sites.