The 2009 Nissan Murano benefits from trickle down tech options available in Nissan's top models and seems to work best when fully optioned. Regardless of tech options, the Murano is a nimble urban navigator.
CNET Reviews staff
The 2009 Nissan Murano has received a styling that is evolutionary over the outgoing model. The new Murano features new body lines that are more pronounced and muscular.
The 2009 Murano comes with an optional all-wheel-drive (standard on LE models) that delivers 100 percent of power to the front under normal conditions, but can redistribute up to half of that power to the rear wheels under slippery conditions.
The 2009 Murano features an attractive interior to match it's sleek exterior. This model is equipped with the Leather package and the Premium package, which adds a nine speaker and two subwoofer Bose Audio System and seven inch display.
The old Murano's vertical taillights have been rotated into a horizontal configuration to mirror the headlamps. A power lift gate is available with the optional Technology package (standard on LE models).
There's plenty of space in the back for hauling groceries. If the packages get too bulky, the second row seats fold flat to expand the cargo area to 64 cubic feet (which is actually less space than the outgoing model.)
Chrome bezels and electroluminescent numbers and markings bring a touch of style to a pretty basic layout of tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature gauge. Also of note is a neat center display that shows your average fuel economy and speed. Not visible in this picture is a light that tells you when the AWD system has been activated.
Under the Information menu, there is a fuel economy display that shows current and average fuel economy. Selecting the Fuel Economy Record button displays a graph of mpg over the last few trips. In this day of $4/gallon gas, this is a nice feature.
Behind the center console and beneath a panel, you'll find the auxiliary input for the Bose audio system. They're not easily accessible from the driver's seat and require a 3.5mm jack to RCA Composite adapter for MP3 players.
The 2009 Murano is powered by the same silky smooth 3.5-liter V-6 that motivates the Altima and Maxima. In this incarnation, it outputs 265 horsepower that's fed through Nissan's Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).