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2009 Nissan Murano Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Nissan Murano was new.


Interior: 8.4

The 2009 Nissan Murano's interior changed a lot with the 2009 redesign. And with higher quality materials and more user-friendly controls, critics said it changed for the better.

  • "Here, it's a lovely machine. Classy presentation, nothing tries too hard. Might mistakenly think you're in a lux-mobile." -- USA Today
  • "Much like the recent upgrade to the Altima, on which the Murano is loosely based, the logic and function are still there, the cabin just looks better and uses nicer materials now." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Nissan made dramatic improvements to the cabin, skewing it more toward luxury and refinement. It also wisely resisted the temptation of having three-row bragging rights and didn't try to cram another bench seat where there just isn't room." -- Truck Trend
  • "Inside, fans of the old Murano will find some welcome improvements. Upgraded materials cover every surface, and are especially appreciated on the instrument panel and center console. Softer plastics are found everywhere one might reasonably be expected to put a hand, and good-looking, double-stitched leather is also available. The new orange-lighted instrument cluster is a welcome improvement, as is the more ergonomic and eye-pleasing center stack." -- Autoblog


Most reviewers found the five-seat Murano's seats very comfortable, though a few reviewers griped about the rear middle spot. That's not uncommon, however.

  • "Seats are unusually comfortable." -- USA Today
  • "Rather than trying to jam a third row into Murano's cabin, Nissan chose to make the first and second rows very roomy and comfortable. There's plenty of leg room in each position. The front seats are nice and supportive, with a wide beam for healthy American dimension and decent lateral support." -- About.com
  • "The front bucket seats, while comfortable, could use some side bolstering." -- Orlando Sentinel

Interior Features

The Nissan Murano comes with plenty of standard features and lots of available hi-tech gadgets.

  • "Controls have a smooth, premium feel. Gauges are fetchingly illuminated. Nissan has moved away from the weak, cheap-looking orange color of the past to something closer to red." -- USA Today
  • "The base S model is a touch spartan, but the step-up SL gets standard refinements such as a power-operated second-row seatback and availability of a number of features that are standard on the upscale LE: heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and a rear parking camera." -- Car and Driver
  • "The navigation system is easy to use, and most audio and climate functions are separate. The navigation screen can wash out in direct sunlight." -- Consumer Guide
  • "[The Murano has] a choppy and odd-looking but ergonomically effective dashboard. There's a driving computer, but the information on fuel economy is presented in an overly complex graphic format, making it difficult to determine trip average fuel economies at a glance." -- Newsday
  • "The Murano uses a push-button ignition that is trendy and a bit annoying: Is anybody really complaining about having to turn a key?" -- Orlando Sentinel


Reviewers said the Nissan Murano offers an adequate amount of cargo space, though behind its back seat, it offers more cargo space than what's available behind competitors' third rows. With the rear seats in use, cargo space measures 31.6 cubic feet, and with the 60/40-split second row folded down, this increases to 64.0 cubic feet.

  • "Available in the cargo area behind the second seat is Nissan's rendition of the cargo organizer, intended to keep small stuff from sliding around in turns, starts or stops and driving you nuts. The organizer has removable vertical partitions. It's hidden in the floor when not in use and pops up when needed." -- Newsday

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