The 2013 Murano Nissan means luxury, comfort, performance and cabin versatility. With standard all-wheel drive it’s spacious and well soundproofed. Fully equipped and ever reliable, it’s a real worry for competitors.
This crossover puts the emphasis more on luxury rather than performance. Imprecise handling and pronounced roll movement disappoint. Cargo space would benefit from improved capacity and the poor rear visibility is compensated, luckily, by the rearview camera system.
The basic S model starts at $34,498. Included: all-wheel drive, 18-inch aluminum alloy wheels, antifog headlights, roof rack side rails, automatic bi-zone climate control as well as Nissan’s Intelligent Key with push-button start.
The SV version adds dual-panel moonroof, heated front seats, rearview camera and Bluetooth hands-free phone system.
The SV price is $37,598.
The Murano SL, starting at $40,698, includes leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, high-intensity discharge bi-xenon headlights and a power liftgate.
The LE model comes even better equipped: 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, chromed roof rails and heated back seats - all yours for $44,098.
The top-of-the-line Murano is the Platinum Edition for the LE. In addition to all the goodies mentioned above, it offers the Nissan hard disk navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and moving object detection, seven spoke 20-inch alloy wheels, Platinum logo plus the exclusive exterior paint colour, black sapphire. All enhance its refined character…
Priced at $47,098.
The Murano rates 11.5 litres/100 km for city driving and 8.5 litres/100 km on the highway.
New for 2013
- New driver assist safety features added for certain versions
- New exterior colours offered
Curvaceous and heavily rounded, this crossover exudes elegance. Its one-of-a-kind grille stretches from one headlight to the other. Bulbous foglights stand out in relief. The chrome strip along the side walls, as well as the oversized wheel wells, gives it a particular look.
Under the hood of 2013 Nissan Murano you’ll find a 3.5-litre V6 that produces 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.
It features one of the best continuously variable automatic transmissions (CVT) available with manual mode option.
900 litres are available in the cargo area whereas 1,826 litres of storage space can be loaded when seats are folded down, making it the equivalent of the Ford Edge and Toyota Venza.
Six airbags are installed in this model. Thanks to a sensor, the passenger seat airbag is deactivated when empty.
Standard features include antilock brakes as well as traction and stability controls.
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