2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet AWD Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - Road Test Specs

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet SUV

(3.5L V6 AWD CVT Automatic)


Year Make Model2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet
Vehicle TypeAWD 2dr 4-passenger SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$47,200
Options on test vehicleGlacier Pearl Metallic ($0); Camel Interior ($500); Floor Mats ($185 -- includes three-piece set of carpeted floor mats).
As-tested MSRP$47,885
Assembly locationKyushu, Japan


ConfigurationTransverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated port-injected V6, gasoline
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498/213
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline, indicated (rpm)6,500
Fuel cutoff/rev limiter (rpm)6,600
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)248 @ 4,400
Fuel type87-octane acceptable + 91-octane for best performance
Transmission typePulley-regulated continuously variable automatic transmission with console shifter
Transmission ratios (x:1)2.371 - 0.439
Final-drive ratio (x:1)5.173
Transfer-case ratio (x:1)0.405


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, twin-tube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.5
Tire make and modelToyo Proxes A20
Tire typeAll-season (33 psi cold front; 33 psi cold rear)
Tire sizeP235/55R20 102T
Wheel size20-by-7.5 inches
Wheel materialCast aluminum alloy
Brakes, front12.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with two-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.1-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph (sec.)11.8
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 88.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)3.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)5.6
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.2
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)11.8
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)16.1 @ 88.4
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.9
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON58.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.73
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.72
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.7
@ Full throttle (dB)74.2
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.3
@ 70 mph top down (dB)70.7
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)1,900

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDoesn't like pedal overlap and the little bit it does allow becomes a "wash" by the end of the quarter-mile. At wide-open throttle, engine rpm nearly reaches redline by 60 mph and remains there for the rest of the run. Yet, max acceleration is not what Nissan's VQ (engine) + CVT (transmission) does best. Everyday driving is seamless, quiet and responsive.
Braking commentsPretty noticeable dive, but not enough to allow the rear to rotate or even wiggle at all. There's some extra, slightly excessive pedal travel from 10 mph to a stop that doesn't inspire confidence. Overall, however, good stopping power, good fade resistance and good feel.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Plenty of lean and tire howling with ESC "off" (which it ain't really). Throttle begins to trail off as understeer increases. Steering weight doesn't appear to increase much at this low speed, but there is a sense of both how much front tire grip is available and when it goes away. With ESC on, both the throttle closing and brake dabbing keep the Murano on the line. Slalom: With the non-defeat ESC, the slalom becomes a frustrating guessing game of what's permitted on each run -- hard to predict the outcome of various techniques. In general, however, the steering is friction-free, precise and linear in response. Chassis feels more capable than the limits imposed by the stability control system.

Testing Conditions

Test date2/22/2011
Test locationCalifornia Speedway
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)58.7
Relative humidity (%)36.4
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.9
Wind (mph, direction)3.75 headwind
Odometer (mi.)1,084
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)33/33

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)17 city/22 highway/18 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.8 worst/19.0 best/17.4 average over 335 miles
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.7
Driving range (mi.)480

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo descriptionBose AM/FM/XM/CD audio system with with 9.3GB hard drive, 8 speakers (including subwoofer), automatic audio adjustment for soft-top position, Integrated Interface System for iPod
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via USB jack
Satellite radio"Standard XM (subscription required; sold separately)
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)9.3GB
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemStandard hard drive with XM traffic (subscription required; sold separately) 7.0-in display screen (measured diagonally)
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Not available
Smart entry/StartStandard ignition, doors, trunk, and convertible top (down only)
Parking aidsStandard back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionNot available
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringNot available
Collision warning/avoidanceNot available
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard; instantaneous and average fuel consumption

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,438
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,420
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)58/42
Length (in.)190.1
Width (in.)74.5
Height (in.)66.2
Wheelbase (in.)111.2
Track, front (in.)63.3
Track, rear (in.)63.4
Turning circle (ft.)39.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.5
Legroom, rear (in.)32.7
Headroom, front (in.)40.2
Headroom, rear (in.)38.7
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)51.7
Seating capacity4
Step-in height, measured (in.)18.4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)12.3
Trunk volume, top down (cu-ft)7.6
Cargo loading height, measured (in.)30.3
GVWR (lbs.)5,269
Payload, mfr. max claim (lbs.)831
Tow capacity, mfr. claim (lbs.)Not rated
Ground clearance (in.)7.2
Approach angle (degrees)28.8
Departure angle (degrees)25.5
Breakover angle (degrees)15.6
Convertible top materialCloth, glass rear window with defroster
Operation typeOne-button power-operated top and latches, includes global window down operation with integral tonneau cover. May also be lowered from outside the car with driver's door handle.
Operation time, lower/raise (sec.)24 seconds/27 seconds
Operation lockoutRequires stationary vehicle


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available

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