Premium 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).
3,498cc (213 cu-in)
Double overhead camshaft
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
265 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
248 @ 4,400
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
Final Drive = 5.173, R = 1.766
There'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.
Rapid effectiveness, solid pedal throughout -- despite fairly significant increase in stopping distance. Substantial pitch under heavy braking.
Slalom: 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.