Nissan’s economical SUV
The luxurious Murano is well worth a look if you don’t mind playing hard ball with the price, PETER BARNWELL writes
WE TURN the spotlight on the car world’s newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there’s only one question that really needs answering: would you buy one?
This is Nissan’s luxo SUV that’s been around for years. Murano is a more stylish fourbie than, say, the Patrol or previous pathfinder but can be used moderately off road due to the drivetrain.
Gains some much-needed driver assist technology this time around, including blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and object detection in reverse.
We drove the top-of-therange Ti Murano.
The Ti goes for $60,240 but we reckon you’d have rocks in your head to pay that. It was on “special” earlier in the year for about $5000 less than this.
Toyota Kluger, Subaru Outback, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX9, Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Gets an old plugger 3.5-litre petrol V6 hooked up to a pretty handy CVT auto that masks the age of the engine and helps performance and fuel economy.
Actually pretty well, considering. Get-up off the line is impressive and it cruises on the freeway with ease while using comparatively little fuel.
Not particularly, rated at 10.9 litres/100km, but that’s not easy to achieve unless you have an egg under your right foot … and it’s premium.
Scores 3.5 stars on the Green Vehicle rating.
Yes, the large interior has seats for five, leather, excellent Bose audio, trip computer, heated seats, electric front seats, button start, multiple wheel controls, 9.3 gig music register, reverse camera, Bluetooth audio and phone (easy to sync), high-definition satnav with traffic warnings, dual zone climate control, power tailgate, xenons.
Despite not liking the looks of it or the old-school engine technology, the drive feel is good. It’s a big luxury SUV with an airy interior, well laid out dash, heaps of kit. It goes smoothly and quietly and cruises easily at speed.
The turning circle is big but the ride is well controlled. It has a sporty flavour.
At sub-$60,000, yes. Play hard ball. No. Don’t like the styling, despite additional chrome and 20-inch alloys.
Fuel use can be an issue.