2010 Nissan Murano Crossover Continues to Offers Distinctive Design, Comfortable Interior and Advanced
The Nissan Murano, since its original introduction six years
ago, has established a well-deserved reputation as a mid-size
crossover sport utility vehicle like no other. Combining a
visually distinctive exterior, comfortable "mobile suite"
interior, responsive performance and advanced technology - along
with requisite Nissan high quality and value - Murano is a
vehicle that has been often copied but never matched.
Now, entering the second year of its second-generation design,
Murano continues to offer premium style, driving feel and
technology at an affordable price, with a number of
enhancements, including the introduction of a Murano LE
all-wheel drive model (which joins the previously available
Murano S FWD, Murano S AWD, Murano SL FWD, Murano SL AWD and
Murano LE AWD models).
Other enhancements for the 2010 model year include the addition
of Nissan Intelligent Key and privacy glass as standard
equipment on all models, the addition of a Vehicle Security
System and roof rails as standard on Murano SL and the Dual
Panel Moonroof as standard equipment on Murano LE. All models
also receive simplified exterior and interior color
As in 2009, all 2010 Muranos feature a powerful yet
fuel-efficient 265-horsepower VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and an
advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) - a
combination that provides a sporty and smooth driving
experience. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or with an
Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system, and all 2010 Muranos come
standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction
Control System (TCS) for all-weather confidence.
"Murano is a benchmark vehicle in both the Nissan lineup and in
its segment," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general
manager, Nissan Division, Nissan North America, Inc. "And, with
the enhancements for 2010, Murano just keeps getting stronger."
Crafted, Dramatic Styling
Murano's sculpted exterior features a wide front end with a
dynamic front fascia design, a wide grille and available
quad-cylinder style High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional
xenon projector headlights. The wide hood sweeps into the
sculpted, dynamic bodylines, with pronounced wheel arches and
18-inch or 20-inch wheels providing an aggressive stance.
Integrated fog lights are available on Murano SL and LE models.
Large chrome door handles and available roof rails with
adjustable crossbars (accessory) add both functionality and
Murano's equally distinctive rear end features a unique rear
glass shape, rear air deflector and large rear LED taillights
that accent the body side character lines. Dual exhaust outlets
with chrome finishers provide an appropriate final accent.
Other available exterior features include rain-sensing
windshield wipers, a power liftgate and a large, dual panel
power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight that provides
an open-air experience for Murano passengers without
compromising headroom. Eight exterior colors are offered:
Merlot, Tinted Bronze, Brilliant Silver, Platinum Graphite,
Saharan Stone, Super Black, Glacier Pearl and Deep Sapphire.
A Comfortable, "Mobile Suite"
Inside the stylish Murano body is an advanced "mobile suite"
interior, exemplifying warmth and modern style. From the sweep
of the instrument panel to the wide console and ambient
lighting, Murano owners feel a sense of warmth and security from
the first time they open the doors.
Murano's front seats have been designed for enhanced support,
offering a rich, supple feel and excellent riding comfort. The
60/40 fold-flat rear seat is available with a convenient power
return feature (the seat returns to the upright position with
the touch of a button), while heated seats are available for
both front and rear passengers. Also available are
double-stitched leather-appointed seating surfaces (standard on
LE models) for an inviting, luxurious feeling, an 8-way power
driver's and 4-way power front passenger's seats and a driver's
memory system (seats, steering wheel and mirrors). Two interior
colors are offered: Beige and Black.
The 2010 Murano also offers a variety of convenient cargo
storage areas throughout the interior, including standard
dual-level center console; pockets for mobile phones, coins,
maps and more; numerous cupholders; an extra large glove
compartment; and dual seatback pockets; as well as a large rear
cargo area. Other standard interior features include an auto
door lock feature, dual zone climate controls; Fine Vision
gauges; and an AM/FM/CD6/six-speaker audio system with AUX-in
jack, VTR jack and MP3/WMA capability.
A variety of advanced technology features are available,
including standard Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button
Start; a Bose®
premium 11-speaker audio system with an in-dash
6CD changer, Radio Data System (RDS), and speed-sensitive volume
control (up from an 8-speaker system); XM®
Satellite Radio (XM®
subscription required, sold separately); Bluetooth®
Phone System; and a Nissan DVD Mobile Entertainment system with
a 9-inch roof-mounted screen. The Nissan Hard Drive Navigation
System includes a user-friendly graphic interface, menu
structure and intelligent search capabilities, a 9.3GB Music Box
hard drive and XM NavTraffic®
Real-Time Traffic Information (XM®
subscription required, sold separately).
Also available is an iPod®
connector that integrates into the
Murano's standard audio system controls (LE only); steering
wheel controls for cruise control and audio system; and Voice
Recognition for audio, HVAC, Bluetooth®
and navigation system.
Murano again offers a full complement of standard safety
features, with six standard air bags, including a Nissan
Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual stage supplemental
front air bags with seat belt sensors and an occupant
classification sensor, roof-mounted curtain supplemental
side-impact air bags for front-and rear-seat occupant head
protection, along with a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring
System (TPMS) and driver/passenger seat belt warning lamps.
Also standard are front seat belts with pretensioners and load
limiters, LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child
seat anchors and tether system, front seats with active head
restraints and Zone Body Construction with front and rear
crumple zones to help dissipate crash energy away from the
Power and Control
All 2010 Muranos feature a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 with 265 horsepower
and 248 lb-ft of torque, part of Nissan's award-winning VQ
engine series. The engine incorporates a Twin Nissan Variable
Induction Control System (NICS), microfinished camshaft and
crankshaft surfaces, DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) coated valve
lifters, resin intake manifold, forged crankshaft, digital knock
control system, high capacity muffler and lightweight aluminum
block and cylinder heads.
Engine power is transferred to an advanced Xtronic CVT
(Continuously Variable Transmission) with Adaptive Shift Control
(ASC) that provides a sporty driving experience and the
smoothness that only a CVT offers.
Muranos are available in front-wheel drive or with an advanced
all-wheel drive system that adjusts to road conditions in a
tenth of a second. The intuitive all-wheel drive system connects
the Murano VDC system's yaw sensors, wheel slip sensors and
steering angle sensors with the AWD system. The system provides
increased traction in all weather conditions by distributing
engine torque depending on the driver's intended direction and
the actual direction of the vehicle. Vehicle Dynamic Control
(VDC) with a Traction Control System (TCS) for all-weather
confidence in front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations is
again standard on all Murano models.
Nissan's advanced "D" platform provides a solid foundation for
family adventure-style crossover duties. This platform, which is
similar to that used in the 2010 Altima, has been optimized for
Murano. The platform gives the Murano one-and-a-half times more
torsional rigidity than the first generation Murano, helping
improve noise isolation and reduce vibration - benefiting the
ride comfort of all passengers.
Every Murano offers a standard four-wheel independent suspension
with extensive use of lightweight aluminum for a reduction in
sprung weight. The suspension design features cradle-type front
subframe and multi-link rear design with improved geometry and
large front and rear stabilizer bars, provides increased
stiffness. The suspension, in combination with high performance
dual flow path shock absorbers, helps provide sure footing in
all surfaces and increased ride comfort on rough surfaces. r />
A twin-orifice speed-sensitive power steering system, similar to
the one used in Altima and 370Z, provides the proper levels of
assistance in both around-town and high-speed driving. The
system provides a direct steering feel, inspiring driver
confidence. Braking is provided by large 4-wheel vented disc
brakes (12.6-inch front, 12.1-inch rear) with 4-wheel,
4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).
Murano S and SL models are equipped with 18x7.5-inch 6-spoke
aluminum-alloy wheels with P235/65R18 tires, while 20x7.5-inch
5-spoke aluminum-alloy wheels with P235/55R20 tires come
standard on Murano LE models.
Six Well-Equipped Models
The 2010 Nissan Murano is available in six models - S FWD, S
AWD, SL FWD, SL AWD, LE FWD and LE AWD. All Murano AWD models
(S, SL, LE) include an advanced all-wheel drive system with yaw
Murano S models include the 3.5-liter 265-horsepower V6; Xtronic
CVT; 18-inch alloy wheels; halogen headlights and LED
taillights; 6-way manual driver's and 4-way manual passenger's
seats; manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel; power windows and
door locks with remote keyless entry system; a 6-speaker audio
system; Nissan Intelligent Key; rear privacy glass and more.
Murano SL models add integrated front fog lights;
leather-wrapped steering wheel; 8-way power driver's seat with
manual lumbar support; 60/40 fold-flat rear seat back with power
return, roof rails and Vehicle Security System.
Finally, Murano LE models add 20-inch wheels with a special
titanium-colored finish; roof rails with silver accents;
rain-sensing front wipers; auto on/off HID bi-functional xenon
projector headlights; Bose®
premium audio system with 11-speaker
(9 speakers plus two subwoofers); XM®
Satellite Radio (XM®
subscription required, sold separately); Interface System for
; 7-inch color Vehicle Information Display; Bluetooth®
Hands-free Phone System; double-stitched leather-appointed front
and rear heated seats with driver's memory system; driver's seat
with power lumbar support; 4-way power passenger's seat; power
tilt/telescoping heated steering wheel; auto-dimming rear view
mirror with compass and HomeLink®
Universal Transceiver; power
liftgate; RearView Monitor; and wood grain trim.
A number of option packages are also available on the 2010
Murano. For example, the Premium Package offers Bose®
system with 9 speakers plus dual subwoofers, XM®
Radio, auxiliary audio/video inputs behind center console
(deletes auxiliary audio input on head unit), RearView Monitor,
auto-dimming rear view mirror with compass and HomeLink®
Universal Transceiver, and 7-inch QVGA color display.
The Technology Package includes power liftgate, Bluetooth®
Hands-free Phone System, auto on/off headlamps, bi-functional
xenon headlights, rain sensing front wipers and heated outside
mirrors; while the Navigation Package adds HDD navigation system
audio system with 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive
(replaces CD6 with single in-dash CD player, deletes compass in
The Leather Package adds leather-appointed seating surfaces,
driver's seat power lumbar support, heated front seats and 4-way
power passenger seat. Also available is a Moonroof Package, with
large, dual panel power sliding glass moonroof and 2nd row
skylight; and the Mobile Entertainment Packages adds a DVD
system with a 9-inch roof-mounted screen.