Nissan Murano Canada
The Nissan Murano is manufactured by Nissan in Japan since 2003 and was an immediate hit with a stylish design which sold out in many Canadian dealers from Quebec to British Columbia. Nissan proved that crossover SUVs are the new platform for soccer moms which have shunned away from minivans and are now looking for a comfortable and spacious ride without leaving aside a stylish design. The Murano arrived to Canada dealers in 2003 and was marketed as the first crossover in Canada and North America, the attention to detail and AWD were a direct success with the auto market which was bored with older versions of the Ford Explorer and Honda CRV.
Much like Toyota did with the crossover Highlander sharing the Toyota Camry platform, the Murano shares a sedan platform with the Nissan Altima which was later used with the Nissan Quest minivan. The sedan platform offers a smoother and less bumpy ride common in the truck chassis which are designed for heavier loads and ride on softer shocks, the new car platform improves performance and feels like driving a car which is slightly heavier. The Nissan Murano was designed by Nissan America in California while it is manufactured in Japan.
The Murano was named the best premium SUV by Auto Pacific and was nominated the North American Truck of the Year in 2003. While the Murano fits between the Nissan Xterra and Nissan Pathfinder in size, its priced slightly higher than the Nissan Pathfinder. With the obvious success of Murano's stylish rounded design, Nissan launched a compact crossover with a similar aerodynamic concept the Nissan Rogue in 2008 and in 2010 Nissan Canada launched a mini-crossover the Nissan Juke which shares the Nissan Cube platform.
The first generation Nissan Murano is from 2003-2007 and was powered by a V6, 3.5L engine with 245HP which it shares with the Nissan Maxima and Infiniti G35 along with Nissan's favorite sport car, the 2006 Nissan 350Z. The V6 engine was coupled with a CVT transmission (continuously variable transmission) which significantly improves fuel economy by enabling the engine to run at its most efficient revolutions per minute for a range of speeds, all the while maximizing Murano's performance. The Murano also uses a revolutionized four wheel independent suspension improving handling and has been mirrored by other luxury brands. The 2005 Murano is also equipped with steel reinforced cabin which improves the rollover ratings, along with traction control, electronic stability control and anti-block ABS brakes. The 2006 Murano in Canada received an optional GPS navigation system, backup camera and a minor redesigned front grill.
The second generation Nissan Murano arrived to Canada dealers in mid 2008 as a 2009 Murano model, while it made its official debut at the Los Angeles AutoShow in 2007, the new Murano is based on Nissan's D-platform which is smaller than the previous model and it shares with the Nissan Maxima and Nissan Teana which is only available in Japan. The revised design looks more like the Nissan Rogue and from the side its harder to differentiate between the two, however the interior of the Murano is unmistakably part of the luxury crossover SUV segment.
The 2012 Nissan Murano in Canada is available in three trim models which share a revised version of the award wining 3.5L VQ V6 engine with 265HP, the Murano S and SL trim are equipped with standard FWD, with optional iAWD (intelligent All-Wheel Drive) while the fully loaded Murano LE is only available with iAWD. Four wheel disc ABS brakes is now made standard for all models including electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control. The 2011 Murano in Europe is available with diesel 4-cilider, 2.5L engine with 190HP and is competing with other European luxury SUVs. The new Murano received 5 stars in safety ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.