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Nissan gives new Murano bold style (pictures)

With standout design, the Murano stands out from the herd, while making for a comfortable all-around car.

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For its third generation, Nissan gave the Murano a dramatic styling update.

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The Murano is a five-passenger crossover vehicle.

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It is available in four different trim levels, each with the option of all-wheel drive.

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Cargo capacity is 39.6 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 69.9 cubic feet with the seats down.

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Nissan calls the grille design V-Motion.

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The new Murano gets Nissan's signature boomerang-shaped headlights, first seen on the 370Z.

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The venerable 3.5-liter V-6 from Nissan's VQ line makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.

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In Platinum trim, the Murano comes standard with these 20-inch wheels.

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The taillights also use the boomerang design.

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In Platinum trim, the interior design rivals that of the Lexus RX.

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This trim material has a metallic feel but a slight wood grain finish.

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A panoramic sunroof comes as part of the Technology package.

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Nissan uses what it calls Zero-Gravity seats front and back.

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Rear-seat passengers get a USB port, which connects to the car's audio system.

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Navigation comes standard in all trims except the base S, where it is an option.

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Electric power steering offers a tight turning radius.

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Driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control and a blind-spot monitor.

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The continuously variable transmission does an excellent job putting power to the wheels.

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A surround-view camera is a very useful aid when parking.

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The new head unit has this home screen, which owners can customize.

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Maps show up crisp and clear, and include extensive traffic coverage.

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SiriusXM brings in weather, traffic, gasoline prices and movie listings.

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Google destination search comes as part of the NissanConnect smartphone app.

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Weather can be seen on a map or in forecast format.

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Audio sources include Bluetooth streaming, HD Radio and input from two USB ports.

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The Murano shows the same music library interface for devices plugged into the USB ports or paired through Bluetooth.

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The current track screen shows intuitive buttons for controlling playback.

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