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in 2011 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $16,556 - $24,270
Original MSRP: $29,290 - $39,900
MPG: 18 City / 23 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Murano Interior

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The Murano's cabin boasts high-quality materials and user-friendly controls. Unlike some affordable SUVs, it even features available high-tech options such as a rear DVD entertainment system.

  • "Cabin-assembly quality is good. Abundant soft and padded surfaces add to overall quality feel. Aluminum trim on console and dash add upscale appeal. Though fake, LE's wood-grain accents lend warmth and a more-upscale ambiance." -- 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
  • "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 find the Murano's two rows of seats very comfortable, though a few reviewers have gripes about the rear middle spot. That’s typical for the class, however.

Unlike some competitors, the Murano doesn't offer a third row. If you need one, consider the Chevrolet Traverse,  or 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
  • "And there’s not a bad seat in the house [in the CrossCabriolet]: all four seats offer plenty of leg, hip, and shoulder space. Your five-foot-10 author was perfectly happy sitting behind a six-foot-one driver for a spell, and the high hip point provides all passengers an even better view of the sights." -- Car and Driver
  • "The front bucket seats, while comfortable, could use some side bolstering." -- Orlando Sentinel

Interior Features

Reviewers love the Nissan Murano's cabin, saying it's well-made with upscale materials and features that wouldn't look out of place in a much more expensive vehicle.

The Nissan Murano comes with plenty of standard features, like dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, a tilt and telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a six-CD changer and an audio input jack. SV models add iPod connectivity and Bluetooth, while SL models add a nine-speaker Bose audio system.

For the higher trims, a Nissan DVD Entertainment System is available for $1,510. Another cool feature is the 9.3-Gigabyte Music Box hard drive, which costs $1,850 and also comes 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 optional moonroof). With the rear seats folded down, this increases to 64.0 cubic feet (64.5 with the moonroof).  

  • "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. A multi-section cargo organizer--standard on LE--easily deploys from the floor to help keep small items from rolling around the cargo hold." -- Consumer Guide
  • "If only Nissan could have carved out a little more space in the trunk [of the CrossCabriolet], which holds a mere 12 cubic feet with the top raised and a paltry eight when the top is down. That’s about right for a convertible but shy of the regular Murano’s minimum capacity by 20 cubes with the top up." -- Car and Driver

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