On the Street: 2009 Nissan Murano
The evolution of crossover vehicles was sparked from a growing consumer interest to own maximum cargo and road-going capacities but continued to desire car-like attributes. From the point of its introduction, the Nissan Murano has conveyed a more radical merging of the crossover theme. This styling carried over when Nissan has bolstered their all-wheel drive offerings with a smaller, Murano-inspired crossover the Nissan Rogue. The first noticeable change for the 2009 Nissan Murano is the revised exterior. Less than an inch longer than the previous Murano, the new design features an aerodynamic improvement. The 2009 Murano's drag coefficient of 0.37 insures this vehicle punches a gentle hole in the air for the 3,855 pound vehicle is travel. Apart from the new appearance for 2009, Nissan's original crossover vehicle features power and size enhancements arising concerns affecting fuel mileage.
Continuing to be available in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive, every Nissan Murano trim levels in 2009 share an identical engine-powertrain combination. The most significant development on the Murano comes from Nissan's VQ design 3.5-liter V6 engine bring transplanted into the engine compartment. This double overhead cam powerplant has been tweaked in the name of power delivery by 25 horsepower, now generating a total of 265 horsepower. Though yielding greater power, fuel economy remains identical to the previous year's model. Credit belongs to Nissan engineering for utilizing engine control devices such as variable valve timing and Nissan's own induction control system to insure that an exact amount of fuel is used at the precise time. Also benefiting from a reworking for the 2009 Nissan Murano is the Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Though the revisions are meant to address driving response but includes the same fuel efficiency that Nissan has been attempting to popularize. With any assumed off-roading prowess lost with the CVT, keep in mind that the Nissan Murano's all-wheel drive S, SL, and LE models use what's called an intuitive all-wheel drive system. With the Murano's all-wheel drive, the majority of driving under normal conditions involve only front-wheel receiving power until the system detects more severe road conditions.