2013 Nissan Murano, Syracuse, NY

2013 Nissan Murano

The Nissan Murano is a quiet, comfortable and refined midsize crossover with a curvaceous look that sets it apart from its rivals.

The cabin has an upscale look and feel thanks to high-quality materials. A simple but highly effective tri-binnacle instrument panel greets the driver, while the wide center stack houses well-organized and intuitive controls. Cargo space is rated at 31.6 cubic feet behind the rear seats; while 64 cubic feet is available with the rear seats folded down to create a flat load floor.

The Murano is built on Nissan's "D" platform, which provides a solid foundation and lightweight suspension components.

A 3.5-liter V6 serves up 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft. of torque, while one of the better CVTs (continuously variable transmission) metes out power smoothly to either the front wheels (the standard configuration) or all four wheels (with an optional AWD system).

Trim-Level Breakdown
Murano buyers can choose between five trim levels - S, SV, SV Value Package, SL and LE.

The S trim comes standard with:

-       Power windows and locks

-       Dual-zone automatic climate control

-       Six-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo system with an aux-in jack

-       Six-disc CD changer

-       Cruise control

-       18-inch alloy wheels.

The SV brings:

-       Dual-panel moon roof

-       Rear parking camera with an interior display

-       Bluetooth connectivity

-       USB port for iPod connectivity

-       Fog lights

-       Power-adjustable front seats

-       Auto-dimming rearview mirror

-       HomeLink Universal Transceiver

The SV Value Package adds titanium finish for 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a power lift gate, nine-speaker and dual-subwoofer Bose audio system and a Nissan Navigation System.

The SL adds:

-       Leather upholstery

-       Heated front seats

-       Heated steering wheel

-       Nine-speaker Bose stereo system

-       Power lift gate

-       Titanium finish for the 18-inch aluminum wheels

Opting for either the LE Platinum Edition or SL Navigation Package will grant buyers Nissan's Safety Shield technologies that include the Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

The top-shelf LE trim adds:

-       20-inch aluminum wheels

-       Heated rear seats

-       Xenon HID lights

-       Silver-accented roof rails

Occupant Safety
All Murano models come standard with dual front, front side and side curtain airbags in addition to traction and stability control systems and a tire-pressure monitoring system.

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