Nissan Murano Interior
Reviewers offer compliments to the Nissan Murano's interior based on emphasis for comfort and functionality. Road and Track calls the four-door, five-seat SUV crossover "a very practical place," noting, "There's plenty of head room, front and rear."
The 2007 Nissan Murano is 187.6 inches long with a wheelbase of 111.2 inches, providing ample spaciousness. "As a result, the Murano accommodates five full-size adults nicely, just like a luxury sedan, and offers a nice, big cargo space," says Auto Mall USA. Reviewers are also very satisfied with comfort. Edmunds comments, "All our test drivers applauded the Murano's well-bolstered, comfortable seats, awarding the Nissan top marks for front-seat comfort. The rear seats also won best in show for their combination of generous head-, hip-, foot- and shoulder room and available recline." Of the front seats specifically, Auto Mall USA says they are "comfortable and supportive, even for people well over six feet tall."
Rear seats don't slouch either, offering 36.1 inches of legroom--"limousine legroom," according to Auto Mall USA. "We found that a six-foot, four-inch passenger could cross his legs comfortably in the back seat," the reviewer continues. A nice touch is that rear seatbacks adjust for rake by pulling a strap, allowing backseat passengers to lie back and relax. MSN, however, has a less enthusiastic take, noting, "The Murano's rear tailgate brushed the head of folks who are over 6 feet tall."
The base S model's long list of standard features includes dual-zone automatic temperature control, a high-power AM/FM/CD audio system, power windows with auto up/down feature in front, keyless remote entry, and reclining rear seats. The only available add-on for the base S model, the reasonably priced S Convenience Package, features a 10-way power driver's seat, four-way adjustable front head restraints, power adjustable pedals, a retractable cargo cover, a rear cargo net, and front-seatback pockets.
The SL and SE add to the standard features list a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat, upgraded audio with steering wheel controls, a compass, a garage door opener, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, power outlets, fog lights, and an alarm.
Interestingly, the Murano does not offer Bluetooth cell phone integration either as a standard feature or as an option. Before going to the dealer to find their new Murano, buyers may want to heed a warning from MSN: "The Murano is new and attractive; so many Nissan dealers likely will order the top-line version with many accessories for more profit. That's just the nature of the car (and sport-ute) business."
Stereo and Entertainment
Of the Murano's stock audio system, Auto Mall USA says, "The stereo controls are on the small side, but easy to use once you get the hang of them. The preset buttons, for example, can be programmed to select your favorite stations regardless of whether they are AM or FM; this eliminates the need to press a separate mode button when switching from your favorite FM music station to your favorite AM talk radio station, making life easier and reducing distraction while driving."
To upgrade the stock system, an optional Premium Package is available on all models except the base S model. Among other interior features, the package includes a digital Bose audio system with AM/FM/cassette/in-dash six-CD changer and MP3 CD capability, seven speakers with an Nd subwoofer, and a radio data system. "The optional Bose audio system sounds good and is versatile," The Car Connection says. Either XM or Sirius satellite radio is also available as an option on the SL and SE models.
For bonus entertainment, a Nissan DVD entertainment system is available as an individual option on all models. It includes a DVD player with a 6.4-inch color screen that flips up from the center console, a remote control, and one pair of wireless headphones. This option requires the Touring Package.
SE and SL buyers can order the Navigation Package, which includes a Nissan navigation system with GPS DVD-ROM atlas and 7-inch LCD color information center. This package requires the Touring Package. Auto Mall USA praises, "The optional navigation system works well and includes a nifty three-dimensional birds-eye view that's sometimes more fun to follow than the flat map."
Unlike many of its competitors, the Murano doesn't offer a rear third seat as an option, though what some reviewers see as a drawback is an advantage for others. With the rear seats in use, cargo space measures a competitive 32.6 cubic feet, and with the 60/40 split seats folded down, this increases to 81.6 cubic feet, a capacity that "dwarfs nearly all of its five-seat competitors and some of the seven-seat models as well," according to Auto Mall USA. Plus, Edmunds notes that using the folding feature is easy. "You don't have to go to the second row to pull the seat backs forward," the reviewer says. "Just push a lever from the back, and presto, you've got a flat-loading floor."
In addition to generous cargo space, the Murano features several storage consoles in the cabin that reviewers find useful. Forbes likes the oversized dual-tiered center console (under the armrest), "which is big enough to swallow a laptop computer." Edmunds also comments on the functionality of "such niceties as a dedicated cell phone holder right next to the cupholder (where most cell phones rest anyway), a coin holder, expanding door bins and" ... again ... "A nicely sized, dual-tiered center console that's big enough to hold a computer laptop."