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2010 Nissan Murano Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2010 Nissan Murano was new.


Performance: 8.2

The redesigned 2010 Murano's new platform and extra horsepower make for a comfortable and powerful ride. Reviewers said the icing on the cake is efficient brakes and a capable all-wheel drive system.

  • "Murano's based on the redesigned Altima sedan ... and that's a nifty foundation. Delivers good handling and a confident ride, among other advantages." -- USA Today
  • "With a totally revamped, more rigid platform, advanced version of the 'Xtronic' Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and intuitive all-wheel drive, the 2009 Murano has the road savvy of the first generation model taken to the next level." -- Roadfly
  • "Step on the gas, and the Murano sticks to the road with responsive handling and a comfortable ride." -- The Family Car
  • "No doubt the combination of these chassis upgrades and a new predictive (not reactive) all-wheel-drive system (first introduced by the Nissan Rogue) contribute to the Murano's genuine agility and overall feel of predictability." -- Edmunds

Acceleration and Power

Almost every reviewer praised the Nissan Murano's 3.5-liter 265-horsepower V6 engine. Most also liked its continuously variable transmission, which is fairly smooth and seamless.

According to the EPA, both all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive models should achieve 18/23 mpg city/highway. This makes the Murano one of the more fuel-efficient vehicles in its class. Still, it's easily bested by the slightly smaller Mazda CX-7, which offers just as much power and an even sportier ride while boosting fuel economy to 20/28 mpg.

  • "One of the quicker 6-cylinder midsize SUVs, Murano has few peers for smooth throttle response around town and in hilly terrain. Credit the CVT, which seamlessly transfers power without the gear-selection dithers or downshift delays of some conventional automatic transmissions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The car steps off the line smartly enough, recording a 0-to-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds, which is above average for its class and 0.3 second quicker than the previous model." -- Car and Driver
  • "Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6 is a champ. Though tuned for smoothness in the Murano, rather than the squealing delight it provokes in some other models, it slings and zings the two-ton SUV as your right foot requests." -- USA Today
  • "Acceleration is wholly satisfactory at some speeds and quite energetic at others. Tromp the gas pedal at highway speed and the Murano reacts smoothly as well as effectively, thanks to the masterful CVT." -- AutoMedia.com
  • "The Murano's acceleration is more than adequate." -- The Family Car
  • "Plant your right foot, and this crossover scoots off the line. Though the motor's torque peak has only risen by a few lb-ft. to 248, the Murano seems to have much more punch down low." -- Popular Mechanics

Handling and Braking

The 2010 Murano rides on Nissan's "D" platform, which it shares with the Altima sedan. That explains its car-like feel and enjoyable ride. For an even sportier driving experience, consider the Mazda CX-7.

  • "The Murano's ride is comfortable and its handling competent, with well-weighted steering. There's some sportiness in the styling, but this isn't a sport wagon like the Mazda CX-7. I found the ride quality softer than the first generation's, and there's some body roll, but it's by no means a problem." -- Cars.com
  • "Throttle response is noticeably quicker than in the previous crossover, and even though Nissan has successfully made the ride more comfortable, little of its handling prowess was sacrificed in the process. For those who like their crossovers sporty, this one's still a blast on a canyon road." -- Motor Trend
  • "The ride is supple, handling is reasonably crisp, but the steering lacks feel. Brakes are excellent. ..." -- Orlando Sentinel
  • "Expect a nearly blissful ride on really smooth pavement, but you definitely notice the Murano's suspension tautness on harsher surfaces. Even slight road imperfections can be felt some of the time-but few of them turn annoying. Typical of Nissan vehicles, the Murano behaves with a semi-sporty overall demeanor, compared to most SUVs." -- AutoMedia.com
  • "The ride is well controlled and is abrupt only on sharp potholes and badly broken pavement. Murano is reassuringly stable in highway-speed cruising." -- Consumer Guide

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