Car designer to often use the word athletic for their creation, but I think that word definitely applies to the two thousand fifteen Nissan Murano.
First we have what Nissan calls the v motion grill, it's pretty bold in this car.
We also have the boomerang headlight and tail lights, that's a standard Nissan feature.
And down the sides.
We have a belt line that really kicks up hard at the rear.
And at the same time, the roof slopes down to meet it.
They have blacked out pillars all around, and what Nissan calls a floating roof design.
And in this platinum trim model with 20" wheels,.
The waist gets really narrow giving it that athletic look.
The base Murano goes for $29560.
But now we have the platinum trim model with all wheel drive.
That goes for $40600.
That comes standard with LED headlights, navigation and these 20 inch wheels.
We've also added the technology package with adaptive cruise control and a panoramic sun roof for $2,260.
That brings our total CNET Style with destination to $43,475.
In the cabin of this platinum trimmed Nissan Murano we have really nice interior design.
I feel like this comes up to the level of a Lexus RX.
We have this trim on the console and around the sides here.
It's kind metallic but it's also wood looking.
I wonder if they harvest it from aluminum christmas trees, but I like the look.
For the head unit we have a totally new Nissan connect 8 inch touchscreen here totally new software.
This is pretty interesting stuff they have a new interface we have this menu script along the bottom.
I really like this because this gives you quick access to all the different features.
These new maps are crisp and clean I really like the look.
You get traffic coverage, really broad traffic coverage actually not just on freeways and highways but on surface streets as well.
They've also added a, a pinch zoom feature too.
So if I pinch in like that, it zooms out.
If I pinch out, it zooms in.
So for navigation we have pretty much the standard ways to find destinations.
But we have a new feature here.
It's part of the Nissan Connect Apps features.
so if I bring it over here, I've actually got my iPhone connected here, running the Nissan Connect App.
So that gives me this Google Online Search.
So I hit that.
And this gives me a lot of different ways of searching for destinations online.
I can do a manual search, I can use voice search.
I can send to car from my phone.
And I've got categories here too.
So that's really convenient.
And for other apps with Nissan Connect we also have Facebook, Twitter, iHeartRadio and Pandora.
Makes this a very connected car.
For other audio sources we have Bluetooth streaming.
We've got a USB port here for iOS devices and USB drives.
We also have a USB port in the back.
So your ritzy passengers can plug in and you can plug in and you can choose music from their devices here.
We have HD radio and satellite radio as well.
Now I put this into reverse and we get a surround view camera here that's really convenient for parking this big boy, seeing what's all around the car.
Behind the wheel here, I have a really.
Easy driving experience.
I think that's kind of the point with the Merano.
is they don't want to make it something you have to think too much about driving.
And one thing I really notice in this cab in which I really appreciate, is that there's no sport button.
There's no eco button.
You just get in and drive.
And that's really the point.
Now under the hood we have a 3.5 liter V6 engine.
If you know Nissan's at all, that's a pretty common engine for them.
It's a part of their VQ series of engines.
They've been using that forever.
15 years now almost.
It's kind of showing it's age.
It doesn't have a lot of efficiency features that other auto makers are using in their engines like direct injection or things like that.
We get 260 horsepower 240 pound feet of torque out of this engine.
It's not huge numbers, but they're definitely adequate.
The EPA rating on this engine is 21 miles per gallon city, 28 miles per gallon highway.
The heart of the drive train, Nissan's really big tech achievement is, is this continuously variable transmission, or CVC.
Now if you don't like CVT's you haven't driven a Nissan cuz this one works really well.
I've got these virtual shift points so I can pretend to shift.
It's pretty smooth there, there's a really well programmed, I like how it does it.
But now let's give it some real acceleration and see what happens.
It lets the wheels spin a little bit.
And it just powers through.
It lets the engine speed run really high.
You see the tach needle run up to 4,000, 5,000, then you see that tach needle blip as the transmission changes ratios to accommodate the speed that you really want and really tap that engine power.
A couple other features I should mention really quickly in this platinum trim model is we got.
Client spot monitoring system with, lights on the A pillars to show me if there's a car in my blind spot.
Lots of adaptive cruise control.
The nice thing about the Meroto is the spot and trim gives us a lot of nice features, extra amenities.
But every Meroto's gonna have the same driving experience which I really like.
It definitely accomplishes what this car should be doing.
Very comfortable ride.
Very easy ride and that's the key.
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