The 2013 Nissan Murano has come a long way since it was first sold as a 2003 model. The first generation (2003-2007) Murano’s design was ahead of its time for the crossover SUV industry, with unique styling cues which have become more of the norm in today’s designs. The second generation (2009-Present) Murano holds strong to the original design, but with a more updated touch of class.
Perhaps the most prevalent design cue of both generations of the Murano is the wide front end with the short but broad grille integrated into the aggressive looking headlights. The uniqueness of the Murano comes not only from the exterior design, but also the fact that both generations are manufactured on a platform designed for cars improving the reduction in noise and vibration.
Under the Hood
The 2013 Nissan Murano features a 3.5L V6 with a continuous variable transmission (CVT) and adaptive shift control outputting 260 horsepower and 240 ft-lb of torque. All this, coupled with the intuitive all wheel drive system and traction control provides for a smooth, quiet ride with more than enough power when needed. Driving around the city, you can expect to see a fuel consumption of 11.5L/100km, while on the highway you can see a much lower 8.5L/100km.
Technologically Advanced Interior
With seating for 5 and ample room for all passengers, the interior of the 2013 Nissan Murano is designed with luxury, comfort, convenience and safety in mind. The redesigned, large centre console features lots of storage space as well as an elegant presentation of all the standard fare. Steering wheel mounted controls for added convenience and safety allow access to cruise control, stereo, phone and voice control for almost everything else.
The cargo area of the 2013 Nissan Murano is well thought out, offering a powered open and close liftgate and 60/40 split folding rear seats, which can be lowered from the cargo area without having to enter the rear passenger area. Also, a new feature is that the rear seats can also be raised from the down position with the push of a button in the cargo area.
The luxury side of the 2013 Murano offers a long list of features including front and rear seat heaters, front and rear sunroofs, heated steering wheel, supple double stitched leather seating with memory driver seat and 8-way driver/4-way front passenger power seat adjustment, push button ignition, dual zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth/AUX/USB stereo, power lift gate, backup camera and the list goes on.
There is no shortage of airbags with the front passengers having dual stage front airbags and side impact airbags as well as roof mounted curtain side impact airbags for both front and rear passengers.
New to the 2013 Nissan Murano LE is the Platinum Edition which includes a unique exterior colour (Sapphire Black), 20” wheels and a Platinum Edition badge. Also, included are the newest safety features like the Blindspot Warning System, Lane Departure Warning System and Moving Object Detection System.
The 2013 Nissan Murano LE Platinum Edition was a pleasure to drive and surrounds the driver with a sense of safety and luxury that is hard to find in comparable vehicles. If you are looking for a car with all the latest technology and bells and whistles while adhering to high standards of luxury then the 2013 Nissan Murano LE Platinum Edition is the car for you.
Driving the Murano LE
One thing that has been constant is the ability for Nissan to produce outstanding SUV’s. The Murano holds true to form. I really enjoyed driving the Murano for the simple fact that it was easy and comfortable to drive. I went on many test drives and to be honest I was never disappointed. The extra horsepower left me feeling and knowing that I was in a superior car. Parking was a synch because I had the around view camera to assist me and I had plenty of room which left me feeling very comfortable. Such things might not seem big on their own but when you add them all up they will put your mind at ease and make the overall drive just plain easy and hassle free.
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AT A GLANCE
|ENGINE||3.5L V6 (260 Hp)|
|TRANSMISSION||Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)|
|SAFETY||6 Airbags (Driver/Pass. Front/Side, Rear Side)|
|MILEAGE||11.5 L/100km (City), 8.5 L/100km (Highway)|
|PRICE (AS TESTED)||$47,233 + Freight & PDI|
By Sean Mackay