2009 Nissan Murano SL AWD Video
2009 Nissan Murano SL AWD Video Transcript
>> I'll make no secret of it; I was no fan of the original Nissan Murano. The Morono as I called it to my friends, but I've got to say, they've sweetened up the package and brought it forward. It feels like more of a car.
>> Let me show you around.^M00:00:13[ Music ]^M00:00:21
>> Now, your base head unit in this vehicle is a relatively, lowly six speaker AM, FM six-disc unit.
>> It does have MP3, WMA disc ability, even in the base configuration. But most folks are going to want to go for the Bose audio system, which is part of a package, and thereby, you're going to get 7.2. So seven speakers, plus two subs for a total of nine drivers all out. You're going to still have an in-dash six-disc Cd, MP3, WMA. But you do gain a nicer set of auxiliary inputs, but they're in the back over here. I found that a little odd. You got three RCA's back there for audio and left and right video. That's nice, but I think I'd rather have them up here in the console or somewhere, because there's another rear seat entertainment system that I think should handle all that backseat stuff, but instead they put the jacks back there, I don't get it. Now, as nice our display is, it isn't a touch screen. To do that, you've got to go to the navigation package. That's going to bring you a hard drive base navigation system with nav traffic from XM. By the way, the XM radio is part of the Bose option. You'll also get voice recognition to drive the whole thing, and what I love the best is nine some odd gigabytes of user addressable hard drive space. So that's a hard drive where you can put your music. There's also a rearview monitor available. So when you put this thing in reverse, you can see what you're about to run over. Also, bluetooth hands free is optional, not standard. And all of those are spread across three major packages plus some a la carte. You're going to have a very hard time getting this car teched up, without basically buying the whole kitchen sink. One of the few major all a la carte options, you could kind of kind tech is this, a dual panel moonroof with synchronized retractable sunshades, pretty trick. The front panel here, as you can see, is retractable glass. The one in the back is all glued in place. Oh, by the way, our Murano, which is a SL trim, is available in both all-wheel drive, and front-wheel drive. It's basically a different MSRP, not really an a a carte option. But when you do get all-wheel drive, you're not going to feel like you're going to go off-roader [assumed spelling], blessedly, considering this is a car base crossover. The driving impression overall is one of a simply nicer vehicle. This Murano feels, noticeably upscale. From the anterior trim, which is significantly richer, a heavier ride, as I recall from the previous version, off course, I do have the V6 here. And it feels well powered, and smooth all over. Okay, let's price our newly, upscale 09 Murano. Now, remember, we've got a SL trim with all-wheel drive, about 28 6 including destination. Now, let's start adding to it. Eighteen hundred some odd for the navigation system with the 9 gig of user addressable media space, cha-ching, eleven hundred for the moon roof, cha-ching, sixteen hundred for the rear seat entertainment, cha-cha-cha-ching. Then the bargain, the premium package, eleven hundred bucks will get you the Bose audio system and the rearview camera, and some other nice things. But then inexplicably the tech package, which has barely any tech in it, is nineteen hundred, and brings you among other things, intelligent key and bluetooth hands free.
>> I told you, you got to pick a lot of packages to get all the tech.^M00:03:35[ Music ]
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This is episode 21 of CNET Roadside Assistance for Thursday, the 14th of July 2011, the show were the Car Tech guys take a moment to field your questions and listen to your comments. We tackle a Skoda question, Antuan's love affair with a 1st Generation Miata, mounting your Droid X, and debate who likes the convertible Nissan Murano.
Nissan's crossover SUV is a good-looking car, but it's too expensive to be a good value, the tech options are confusing and annoying, and the base model feels like something you'd pick up at Enterprise.
Nissan refreshes the Sentra line with some Infiniti DNA, but it's still a simple car with a navigation option that is a steal.
It may not look pretty, but this compact SUV from Nissan may offer affordability and some great tech as well.
Kia chases down the Nissan Juke with a futuristic powertrain.
Although it has some of the trappings of a crossover, the 2007 GMC Acadia feels a lot like an SUV. Its tech offerings are considerable, but it gets pricey when it's fully optioned.
Little twins from Nissan that point the way to the future.
The 2009 model brings new cabin tech and style.
2009 Nissan Murano SL Review
The good: The updated 2009 Nissan Murano gets more horsepower and, thanks to the continuously variable transmission, better fuel economy. A touch-screen display and voice recognition system are available as options. The backup camera makes the Premium package a must-have.
The bad: Without the navigation package, the interface for the audio system is complicated and difficult to adjust unless it has the driver's full attention. Multiple expensive packages are required to get the level of cabin tech we wanted.
The bottom line: The 2009 Nissan Murano benefits from trickle-down tech options available in Nissan's top models and seems to work best when fully optioned. Regardless of tech options, the Murano is a nimble urban navigator.
2009 Nissan Murano SL Specs
Manufacturer: Nissan USA
Part number: 100980474
- Product Basic Spec