Check out how USNews’ Best Cars has rated the Nissan Murano.

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Details: Nissan Murano

For 2011, the 2011 Nissan Murano gets some styling changes and a new SV trim.  The Murano is available in the base S, SV, SL and top-of-the-line LE. All models have a V6 engine and are available in front- or all-wheel drive. Be sure to check out this month’s Nissan Deals for incentives.

  • “Nissan calls this generation an evolution, and that’s accurate — the company made a lot of positive changes without straying too far from what buyers know to be a Murano.” — Motor Trend
  • “Those who liked the old Murano will love this one. Nissan stayed true to what the crossover is known for. But other than the new front end, it takes a sharp eye to see the difference between new and old.” — Truck Trend
  • “Murano’s combination of ‘distinctive’ appearance, comfortable yet sporty road manners and high-class interior probably will be enough to outweigh the gripes for those considering such a vehicle.” — USA Today
  • “Nissan retains the Murano’s attractive qualities while making some key improvements to keep this sporty crossover more than competitive in the midsize segment.” — Edmunds

Murano Performance – 8.2 (Very Good)

It’s tough to find complaints about the 2011 Nissan Murano’s performance. Reviewers say it has smooth and powerful acceleration, and handling that’s responsive and even a little bit fun.  The optional all-wheel drive system adds an extra measure of security for drivers who frequently tackle slick roads. Read More

Murano Exterior – 7.3 (Good)

Though the 2011 Nissan Murano looks sleek, that doesn’t mean reviewers think it’s among the best looking SUVs in the class. On earlier models, reviewers complained about the Murano’s grille.  It’s been modified for 2011, so that may silence some critics.   Read More

Murano Interior – 8.6 (Very Good)

The 2011 Nissan Murano has an interior that reviewers like.  Upgraded materials lend it a high-end ambiance and though it only has two rows of seats, reviewers say that both rows are comfortable. Read More

Murano Safety – NA

Despite poor rearward visibility, reviewers are pleased that the 2011 Nissan Murano has more standard airbags than are mandated by the federal government.  Though the 2011 Murano hasn’t been crash tested yet, the very similar 2010 model did well in federal government crash tests. Read More

Murano Reliability – NA

Nissan provides a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty on the 2011 Murano. Powertrain coverage is good for five years or 60,000 miles. Read More

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