Topic: Hot Car & Autorecalls
Nissan has a way of giving the American consumers what they want. The automotive company's engineers have hit it big with this year's Nissan Murano. On the freeways as well as in cities all over America, the SUV is a real head-turner. I can clearly remember the winks and hellos that were coming from other drivers in a hip section of the Central Valley where I took it for my test driving. This crossover SUV is a giant beast on the road. In fact, it is a much superior vehicle that is enhanced in all ways possible. The Murano was introduced in 2003 to great consumer reviews. The 2004 Murano comes with a 245-hp, 3.5-liter, dohc V6 which allows great acceleration. This SUV is also the first North American application of Nissan's advanced Xtronic continuously Variable Transmission.
During my test-driving, the SUV responded to all my commands with great satisfaction. In fact, it is what I have come to expect from it. It was not only responsive, but also quiet, functional and comfortable. As a parent, I was looking at the space that it comes with. Parents always need to either shop or carry strollers and you name it. It provides a smooth drive on the freeway. What I like about the vehicle is its distinction. It does not resemble any of the clones that have been rolling out of manufacturing companies lately. If Nissan wanted to make an impression on the psyche of the American buyer, I can say that the company has greatly succeeded.
What are some of the key features of this SUV?
Great acceleration and handling
Let's look at what hits your eyes first. There is no doubt that this vehicle has the best sculpted exterior I have ever seen. It goes well with the Nissan's "sculpture in motion" theme. Looking at the SUV leads you to realize its three-dimensional fee. But wait until you get inside to see the equipment it sports. In addition, it's worth noting that the Murano has borrowed a few things from the very popular Nissan Altima. Think about the FF-L, front engine, front-drive, platform. What the FF-L does is that it pushes the wheels out to the corners. This results in a much longer wheelbase. Take a look at its grille and D-pillar and you'll feel that you are standing in front of a car that conjures high quality and value.
Most young guys enjoy the contemporary looks
Nissan zones in on this important feature by equipping the Murano with standard 18-inch wheels and tires, advanced vertical stack headlights with xenon bulbs. So much more can be written about the exterior of this superb SUV. Just like most parents and buyers, I was more interested in its interior. I have enjoyed the clear visibility and storage compartments that most Nissan vehicles are equipped with. The Murano is not an exception to the rules. It has great storage and cargo capacity while allowing first class seating from two to 5 passengers. Yes, it does have great luggage space too. The rear cargo area has enough space to accommodate suitcases and other cargo.
Having been an owner of the Nissan Quest for sometime, I can share with you that the company places neat safety features in its vehicles. The Murano has a two-tiered lockable center console storage box with room to hold a purse, a laptop computer and other materials. It comes fully loaded with many safety gadgets such as the dual-stage supplemental front airbags with seat belt sensors, front-seat side-impact supplemental airbags and fron and rear seat curtain side-impact supplemental airbags, Zone Body Construction with front and rear crumple zones that throw away the crash energy from the passenger compartment. Now all of thse nifty features are designed to protect you.
My final words
The Murano is a great vehicle it price is not an issue. If you intend to spend a major part of your time behind the wheels, they'd better be the Murano's. Everything on the vehicle appears to be effortless. A smooth ride is a guarantee.