Vehicle Type: Crossover SUV

History/Description: When originally launched, the Nissan Murano quickly became one of the crossover marketplace’s most sought-after models where performance, sophistication and unique, cutting-edge styling were priorities. With the third-generation Murano shipping to dealer lots now, the second-generation of this popular crossover has now transitioned into used vehicle territory.

All units in this generation got a 260 hp version of Nissan’s 3.5L V6 engine, teamed with a Continually Variable Transmission for enhanced smoothness and fuel efficiency.

The silky-smooth V6 was connected to a standard intelligent All Wheel Drive (AWD) system, and features like Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and a Traction Control System (TCS) were both standard for enhanced control in a variety of conditions.

Feature content on a used Murano may include up-level features like navigation, heated leather seats, a dual-panel power glass moonroof, and premium audio system with hard-drive music storage. A keyless ignition system, Bluetooth phone interface and automatic climate control system help maximize convenience and comfort on any trip, too. A powerful xenon projector lighting system, rain-sensing wipers and a back-up camera system round out the features list with optimal visibility.

What Owners Like: An overall blend of comfort, performance, handling and smoothness is commonly noted by second-generation Murano drivers, with affordable access to high-tech feature content and the uniquely-styled and functional cabin rounding out the package.

What Owners Dislike: Common gripes include a lower-than-expected quality feel to the Murano’s cabin, some easily scratched plastics, above-average wind noise levels and smallish door-mounted storage pockets. Other owners complain of limited outward visibility, thanks to generous blind-spots and thick A-Pillars beside the windshield.

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The Test Drive: Though finish durability is largely a function of maintenance, care, climate and the environment in which the unit is driven, some owners have reported peeling or fading paint far earlier than expected, so start a test-drive will a full and thorough walk-around. Scrutinize the condition of the paint at the front edge of the hood and bumper, and call excessive wear into pricing negotiations.

Move on board, pairing your smartphone with the Bluetooth communications and media functions, if applicable, to ensure compatibility and proper system operation. Check all windows, door locks and the sunroof for proper operation, as well as the motorized tilt/telescopic steering system, if equipped. Some owners have reported problems with the tilt-steering motor on models equipped with power tilt steering, so be sure this works properly.

Confirm that the tailgate works from the keyfob, and the remote release mounted in the vehicle. If the Murano you’re considering has a powered tailgate, confirm proper functionality, too. Some owners have reported problems with switches failing inside of the tailgate itself. In some cases, the issue is simply a remote-mounted power tailgate kill switch being engaged, though some reports exist of bad switches within the tailgate itself. More reading here.

While driving over various surfaces, be sure to listen for signs of creaking, cracking or rattling from the dashboard area, which is a well-documented complaint within the owner’s community. In some cases, the issue is a loose speaker panel, a rattle from the cowl on the outside of the windshield, or even a loose wire or clip inside of the dash. If the dash of the Murano you’re test-driving is making any unwelcome sounds, be sure to investigate, or call it into pricing negotiations.

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