2009 Nissan Murano Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan Murano - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Murano SUV

(3.5L V6 CVT Automatic)


Model year2009
StyleSL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$28,625
Options on test vehiclePremium Package ($1,000 -- includes Bose audio system with nine speakers and subwoofer, XM Satellite Radio, back-up camera, auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, foldable cargo organizer, roof rails, 7-inch QVGA color display, retractable cargo cover, auxiliary audio/video inputs behind center console).
As-tested MSRP$29,625


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,498cc (213 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.3
Redline (rpm)6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)265 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)248 @ 4,400
Transmission typeContinuously variable
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Final Drive = 5.173, R = 1.766


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.5:1
Tire brandBridgestone
Tire modelDueler H/T 687
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP235/65R18 T
Tire size, rearP235/65R18 T
Wheel size18-by-7.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)7.8
0-75 mph (sec.)11.0
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)15.7 @ 90.8
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.5
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)126
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.1
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.74
Sound level @ idle (dB)44.1
@ Full throttle (dB)72.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.3

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThere's still a lot to like about Nissan's CVT when matched with VQ35 power. Effortless, uninterrupted acceleration is unexpected in a small SUV like the Murano. Overall, very nice.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsRapid effectiveness, solid pedal throughout -- despite fairly significant increase in stopping distance. Substantial pitch under heavy braking.
Handling ratingAverage
Handling commentsSlalom: DSC always on. Just not quick in slalom testing, the Murano's height and lack of roll stiffness conspire to hurt its performance. Non-defeat stability control can be VERY intrusive as well. Not dangerous, just slow. Skid pad: Significant body roll and "wind up" in suspension reduces control around skid pad.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)81.9

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)18 city/23 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)16.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,875
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,914
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)59/41
Length (in.)188.5
Width (in.)74.1
Height (in.)67.0
Wheelbase (in.)111.2
Track, front (in.)63.3
Track, rear (in.)63.4
Turning circle (ft.)38.1
Legroom, front (in.)43.6
Legroom, rear (in.)36.3
Headroom, front (in.)40.1
Headroom, rear (in.)39.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)59.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)58.7
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)31.6
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)64.0


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


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested

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