in 2012 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $17,780 - $27,204
Original MSRP: $29,960 - $44,540
MPG: 18 City / 23 Hwy
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Used Car: 2012 Nissan Murano Review

Review Last Updated: 9/2/14

The 2012 Nissan Murano stands out among two-row midsize SUVs with its potent powertrain and classy interior.

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The 2012 Nissan Murano is powered by a V6 engine that test drivers said has more than enough power for driving around town and on the highway. A continuously variable transmission is standard and some reviewers were impressed with its smooth power delivery, while others didn't think it makes the best use of the engine's power. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. When it was new, test drivers said the 2012 Murano has a fairly comfortable ride, but can occasionally feel a bit jarring when driving over rough roads. Most reviewers agreed that the Murano has fairly nimble handling, but critics were less impressed with the convertible Murano CrossCabriolet’s  cornering ability.

Test drivers said that the 2012 Murano's cabin looks and feels upscale, with classy aluminum trim and lots of padded surfaces. The front seats drew mostly compliments for being spacious and  comfortable, though some critics thought the seats could use more side support. Test drivers added that there is a commanding view of the road from the front seats. Reviewers said the back seats in the Murano have plenty of head- and legroom, and those in the convertible CrossCabriolet have sufficient space for anyone shorter than 6 feet. Standard equipment on the 2012 Murano includes a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary jack and dual-zone automatic climate control. A dual-pane sunroof, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, satellite radio capability, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, an iPod hookup and a nine-speaker Bose stereo system are available. The Murano offers up to 64.5 cubic feet of cargo space, which falls a bit short of the cargo space of two-row class rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota Venza.

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The 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee earns a better safety score than the Murano, and test drivers praised it when it was new for its comfortable ride and controlled handling. They were also impressed with its great off-road capability and upscale interior.

When it was new, reviewers said the 2012 Mazda CX-9 is fun to drive, with taut handling and responsive steering. The CX-9 comes with more standard features than some class rivals, and its cabin was praised by auto journalists for its high-quality materials.

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