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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $14,408 - $22,435
Original MSRP: $28,340 - $38,710
MPG: 18 City / 23 Hwy
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2010 Nissan Murano Interior

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The Murano's cabin boasts high-quality materials and user-friendly controls. It doesn't offer a third row, but reviewers said its seats are comfortable and especially roomy.

  • "Cabin-assembly quality is good. Abundant soft and padded surfaces add to overall quality feel. Aluminum trim on console and dash add upscale appeal." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Here, it's a lovely machine. Classy presentation, nothing tries too hard. Might mistakenly think you're in a lux-mobile." -- USA Today
  • "Much like the recent upgrade to the Altima, on which the Murano is loosely based, the logic and function are still there, the cabin just looks better and uses nicer materials now." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Upgraded materials cover every surface, and are especially appreciated on the instrument panel and center console. Softer plastics are found everywhere one might reasonably be expected to put a hand, and good-looking, double-stitched leather is also available. The new orange-lighted instrument cluster is a welcome improvement, as is the more ergonomic and eye-pleasing center stack." -- Autoblog
  • "Inside, higher-quality materials and an upscale ambience replace the mediocre quality and avant-garde look of the previous interior." -- Edmunds

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Seating

Most reviewers found the Murano's two rows of seats very comfortable, though a few reviewers had gripes about the rear middle spot. LE models come standard with leather upholstery. While leather isn't available on the base model, the SL was available with a leather package.

Unlike some competitors, the Murano doesn't offer a third row. If you need one, consider the Chevrolet Traverse or the Honda Pilot -- but note that you'll be giving up the Murano's fun driving experience.

  • "Great legroom and foot space [in the rear]. There's ample headroom on nicely padded, chair-height seats. Three adults are a bit squeezed, but the nearly flat floor helps the middle passenger." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Sumptuous and well-contoured front and rear seats complete the package. By refusing to give in to the trend toward three-row seating, the Murano has been able to maintain class-leading accommodations for the second-row rear passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "Seats are unusually comfortable." -- USA Today
  • "Rather than trying to jam a third row into Murano's cabin, Nissan chose to make the first and second rows very roomy and comfortable. There's plenty of leg room in each position. The front seats are nice and supportive, with a wide beam for healthy American dimension and decent lateral support." -- About.com
  • "The front bucket seats, while comfortable, could use some side bolstering." -- Orlando Sentinel

Interior Features

The Nissan Murano comes with plenty of standard features. The base S model comes with dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a six-disc CD changer and an audio input jack.

For the higher trims, a Nissan DVD Entertainment System was available. Another cool feature is the 9.3-gigabyte hard drive, which also came with Nissan's hard drive navigation system with voice recognition and XM NavTraffic.

  • "Controls have a smooth, premium feel. Gauges are fetchingly illuminated. Nissan has moved away from the weak, cheap-looking orange color of the past to something closer to red." -- USA Today
  • "The Murano uses a push-button ignition that is trendy and a bit annoying: Is anybody really complaining about having to turn a key?" -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Gauges have amber lighting and can be hard to read in bright conditions, even while wearing sunglasses. Same goes for the available navigation system screen. Most controls are easy to reach and use, but a few switches are mounted on a shelf under the center stack and in front of the console." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

With the rear seats in use, the Murano's cargo space measures a competitive 31.6 cubic feet (31.8 with the available moonroof). With the rear seats folded down, this increases to 64 cubic feet (64.5 with the moonroof). A power liftgate is standard on LE models and available on SL models. A foldable cargo organizer is also standard on LE models and was optional on SL models.

  • "There's a nifty pop-up grocery organizer first seen in the Rogue, as well as one-pull rear-seat releases in the cargo bay. The rear seats motor back into place with the push of a button either on the dashboard or next to the release lever in the rear." -- Edmunds
  • "Murano features a flat passage from the rear bumper into the cargo bay, though the rakish roofline cuts into cargo volume with rear seatbacks up. But there is no need to remove headrests to drop the 60/40 split rear seatbacks, which fold nearly flat via levers from the rear, and SL and LE have a standard power return feature that is operated by a button near the hatch." -- Consumer Guide

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