The Murano is all new for 2009, and rides on the new Altima platform, first seen in 2007. Nissan resisted the urge to supersize the Murano ( Kudos for that ), as the new Murano is almost exactly the same size as the 2007 model. Note, Nissan did skip the 2008 model year, for some crazy reason.
The exterior is updated slightly, but definitely retains the unique Murano look. The profile and rear view has Rogue influences, and the grille is all-new. It’s growing on me, as I didn’t like it at first, but now I do. The real news is the interior, which is absolutely fantastic. Let’s just say that the new interior is as impressive as the old one was bland and sub-par.
More power, equal fuel economy, vastly improved interior, and a $1,500 lower price? Nissan will sell a ton of 2009 Murano’s, I don’t think there’s any question about that. Read on for the specs, and other’s thoughts on Nissans updated CUV.
2009 Nissan Murano Specs
- 265 3.5 liter VQ V6
- Xtronic CVT ( Continuously Variable Transmission )
- FWD or available AWD
- Standard side and side curtain airbags
- 18″ wheels standard, with 20″ available on LE AWD
- Standard push button ignition
- Available dual panel moonroof
- Available heated rear seats
- EPA Says: 18 MPG city /23 MPG highway ( FWD models )
2009 Nissan Murano Reviews
Automobile Mag reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano and has this to say – ‘The Murano has decent body control, but it can feel a bit floaty. As for the light steering, the main message it communicates is that it would prefer you drive in a straight line. The brakes are strong, though, ride quality is fine, and the familiar VQ-series V-6 and Nissan’s second-generation Xtronic continuously variable transmission ought to get Murano owners to the Nordstrom clearance sale in plenty of time. Yes, that slightly odd CVT thrum reverberates through the vehicle as you mash the accelerator, but the power delivery is smooth, consistent, and very strong. Maybe too strong: we averaged only 19 mpg in mostly freeway driving in our all-wheel-drive test car.’
The Car Connection reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano and has this to say – ‘The single fly in the ointment, if it’s even that serious, is the tiered look of the new grille and headlamps. Like Honda’s new CR-V, the stacked treatment up front looks considerably less elegant than previous generations. In the first Murano, headlamps and grille were integrated into a single, smooth ribbon drawn across the car’s face. The new look is toothier and more disjointed but not unappealing. Fog lamps and roof rails add on to the basic shape, which grows increasingly more sophisticated as it sweeps rearward, with its pointed three-quarter windows flowing effortlessly into the tailgate and its LED taillights.’
About.com reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano and has this to say – ‘More horsepower, that’s my mantra. Nissan heard me, apparently, because Murano’s 3.5 liter V6 is up to 265 hp (from 240 last year) and 248 lb-ft of torque (up from 244). Only one transmission is offered in the Murano, a newly-redesigned continuously variable transmission (CVT). A CVT replaces the traditional stepped gears that you find in an automatic transmission with a hamster and some rubber bands — well, actually, with a sophisticated pulley and belt system that keeps the engine in its ideal powerband at all times. In theory, a CVT should deliver greater efficiency, better performance and longer engine life than a traditional geared transmission.’
Inside Line reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano and has this to say – ‘A reengineered suspension with lightweight aluminum pieces and a new steering system also make the Murano a willing and surprisingly communicative partner in daily driving. No doubt the combination of these chassis upgrades and a new predictive (not reactive) all-wheel-drive system (first introduced by the 2008 Nissan Rogue) contribute to the Murano’s genuine agility and overall feel of predictability. And, contrary to what some might expect from the newly available 20-inch rolling stock (LE model), the 235/50 R20 Toyo Proxes A20 tires don’t degrade the ride either.’
Cars.com reviews the 2009 Nissan Murano and has this to say – ‘There’s plenty of power for off-the-line starts, and decent oomph when passing. Again, it’s partly because the engine is larger and needn’t rev as high, but there’s no real problem with excessive and inappropriately timed engine noise like you find in some four-cylinder/CVT pairings. I have no doubt that many casual drivers could operate the Murano indefinitely and never know it’s any different from any other automatic.’
Note: The 2009 Murano’s engine isn’t larger in displacement, but rather has more horsepower. Just wanted to clarify.