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Nissan Murano Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Nissan Murano

  • If you dig its avant garde styling, you'll find the 2010 Nissan Murano to be a class-leading crossover SUV that does most things very well.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    High-quality cabin, spacious backseat, responsive powertrain, precise steering and confident handling, smooth ride, user-friendly controls.

  • Cons

    Less cargo space than many rivals, compromised rear visibility.

  • What's New for 2010

    For 2010, the top-line Nissan Murano LE trim level is now offered with front-wheel drive -- it was previously all-wheel drive only. All Muranos get standard keyless ignition/entry, the SL gets standard roof rails and a security system, and the LE gets a standard dual-panel sunroof. Options packages have also been revised for slightly easier ordering.

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Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Six months in, all good

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Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

I'm not usually one to write reviews, but Edmunds was very helpful as I purchased the Murano so I felt obliged to return the favor. I’ve purchased maybe half a dozen cars in my life and my Murano is by far my favorite. It’s very fun to drive, especially coming from a trucky SUV. The interior is very well thought out, with everything seemingly where you’d expect it to be. And I’ve yet to walk up to it and not like how the exterior looks. It’s really nice to have no regrets about such a significant purchase. I’d definitely recommend Nissan and the Murano.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

7,000 mile update

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Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Now that we've put on a few more miles an updated review seems in order. We drove on 2 winding, steep mountain roads in the Hell's Canyon area of Idaho, and were so pleased with how little effort it took for the Murano to negotiate those roads. Going down I used low gear or the over-drive button on the side of the shifting lever, so that hardly any braking was needed. Going up I left it in "over-drive off" and the vehicle seemed to just glide around and up those steep corners and hills. With the Murano's ease of steering I could keep one hand on the wheel and one on the shifing lever. This is all coupled with an incredibly smooth ride, so that driving those roads was simply a joy to behold.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Too cool for school!

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Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

I recently switched from an Xterra to the Murano, and although I am still getting used to the change in platform-truck to car platform, I am very pleased. The Murano is an excellent ride, smooth, great pickup and really brings a bit of sporty fun to driving. Not for trucking through the woods, but the LE is well trimmed, leather is comfortable, stereo is excellent. I love driving it.

Great suv

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Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

This is my second Murano & our 39th new vehicle. liked the newer body style so bought. It's a fun to drive nice looking sporty crossover & very quite. Not as luxurious a ride as the wife's Lexus RX350H but just as quite. I like to feel the road not float over it so the Murano is great in that respect. Great handling & gas mileage true to it's rating. Had no troubles with my first Murano after 2 years & 18K miles so expect none with this one though I'll probably will be looking for new in a couple years as have throughout my spoiler life.

Fun to drive

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Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

so far enjoying this crossover. just wish the gas mileage was a little better. also the le comes standard with 20" tires. would rather have had the 19" tires that come on the other models. the tire life is short and this tire is very expensive to replace. the gps is excellent and easy to operate. the car is expensive looking without the price. i am hoping it handles as well during the winter as it does during the summer. i have never had all wheel drive, but will probably give it a good test this winter

Love it

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Vehicle: 2010 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

I am writing again just to say, I absolutely love my Murano and so glad I chose this SUV.

Full 2010 Nissan Murano Review

What's New for 2010

For 2010, the top-line Nissan Murano LE trim level is now offered with front-wheel drive -- it was previously all-wheel drive only. All Muranos get standard keyless ignition/entry, the SL gets standard roof rails and a security system, and the LE gets a standard dual-panel sunroof. Options packages have also been revised for slightly easier ordering.


The Nissan Murano has always represented something different. Its rounded shape and edgy design was launched in a world of boxy SUVs, making the Murano look like a concept vehicle rather than something used to schlep the kids to soccer practice. The result was an immediate sales success that managed to grow more popular with age. Redesigned last year, the 2010 Nissan Murano still looks like nothing else on the road, for better or worse. Yet it's the engineering and interior improvements that make this midsize crossover more than a successful design exercise -- it's a class leader as well.

The Murano offers a wealth of sophistication and refinement that places it ahead of the competition. Drive the Murano back to back with a Ford Edge, Chevrolet Equinox or Toyota Venza and you'll notice that this stylish Nissan provides more connection to the road, a more polished ride and an unusually upscale cabin that could easily be confused with an Infiniti's. The powertrain is also a pleasure thanks to the award-winning 3.5-liter V6 under the hood and the well-matched continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

The Murano may offer a bit less cargo capacity than many rivals, and there's no third-row seat like in a Buick Enclave or Ford Flex, but the second row is one of the most spacious and comfortable around. It reclines, features height-adjustable seatbelts and is heated in the LE trim level. There are even rear-facing air vents mounted in the B-pillars. It's thoughtful touches like these that set this Nissan apart from the crossover status quo.

Of course, all of these virtues are moot if you don't appreciate the Murano's particular brand of style. Its strange grille is especially polarizing, and many have said the new Murano isn't as appealing to look at as the last. But you can't deny that it's unique. Despite the fact that Nissan has sold tons of these things over the years, you'll still be cruising down the road in a vehicle that's decidedly different from the pack. Sensible and stylish at once -- now that is something different, and it's why the 2010 Nissan Murano is one of our favorite crossover SUVs.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Nissan Murano is a five-passenger midsize SUV available in S, SL and LE trim levels. The base S comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, rear tinted glass, cruise control, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a reclining rear seat and a six-speaker stereo with a six-CD changer and an auxiliary audio jack.

The SL adds foglights, roof rails, an eight-way power driver seat, powered rear seatbacks and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls. The Premium package adds to the SL a rearview camera, 7-inch color display screen, auto-dimming mirror and a nine-speaker Bose stereo with two subwoofers and satellite radio. The Technology package adds automatic bi-xenon headlights, dual heated mirrors, automatic wipers, a power liftgate and Bluetooth. The Leather package adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, driver power lumbar and a four-way power passenger seat. A dual-pane panoramic sunroof is optional.

The LE adds 20-inch wheels, the panoramic sunroof, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column, heated rear seats, wood trim, an iPod interface and all the optional package content from the SL.

The Navigation package is optional on the LE and the SL with Technology package. It includes a hard-drive-based navigation system, real-time traffic and digital music storage, and replaces the six-CD changer with a single-CD player. A roof-mounted DVD entertainment system is optional on the SL with the Technology package (and without the panoramic sunroof), while a headrest-mounted system is a new-for-2010 stand-alone option on SL and LE models.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Nissan Murano is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on all trim levels. Output is a healthy 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. In performance testing, an all-wheel-drive Murano went from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. EPA estimated fuel economy is 18 mpg city/23 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined regardless of whether it's front- or all-wheel drive.


Antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, active front head restraints, front side airbags and side curtain airbags are standard across the board. In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive Murano with 18-inch wheels came to a stop from 60 mph in 126 feet -- a good performance for this class. In government crash testing, the Murano received four out of five stars for frontal protection and five stars for side protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Murano its highest rating of "Good" in both the frontal-offset and side crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The difference between the 2010 Nissan Murano's cabin and the previous generation is like night and day. High-quality materials and excellent fit and finish make it easy to mistake this Nissan for an Infiniti. Although a third-row seat is not available, passengers in the second row enjoy an abundance of leg- and headroom. Kids and short folks will appreciate the height-adjustable seatbelts back there, while everyone should enjoy the LE's heated rear seat. With the rear seatbacks folded, the Murano has 64 cubic feet of cargo space available, a small figure for a midsize crossover SUV.

All the state-of-the-art electronics gizmos one could want are available on the Murano, including an excellent iPod interface (one of the best we've used), a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic plus 9.3GB of memory allotted for music storage.

Driving Impressions

A finely tuned suspension and responsive steering make the 2010 Nissan Murano a willing and surprisingly communicative partner in daily driving. Among midsize crossovers, the Murano is easily one of the most rewarding and involving to drive. The ride is well-sorted too, soaking up bumps in a sophisticated manner that makes it feel like a more meticulously engineered vehicle than some of its competitors. The LE's 20-inch wheels do add some impact harshness, however.

The 265-hp V6 provides plenty of power for almost all situations, while the CVT offers quick reactions to throttle input and is well suited to this engine. While we sometimes have mixed feelings about this sort of transmission, the Murano's is one of the best and in many ways superior to a traditional automatic.

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Gas Mileage


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