• Oct 13th 2010 at 10:28AM
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The 2011 Nissan Murano is on its way to a dealer near you, and it has a price tag to match its new features. The base Murano S FWD starts at $28,500 ($29,300 including destination charges*), a price increase of only $140 versus the outgoing model. That relatively small price bump will net you new 18-inch wheels, a new front grille, lower fascia and taillights and a standard 3.5-liter V6 mated to a CVT. The Murano's new powertrain will net you 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, down five ponies and eight pound-feet versus the 2010 model.

Also new for 2011 is the SV model, which slots above the S and replaces the base SL with a $31,910 MSRP ( $32,710 delivered). The SL FWD model will now set you back $35,450 ($36,250 all-in), Nissan will tell you that the SL will henceforth come standard with previously optional Premium, Leather, Moonroof and Technology Packages, though we'd add that the SL with 360 value package already came standard with all those packages. The top-of-the-line LE FWD tops the Murano range with a $37,540 price tag ($38,340 with destination*), $440 more than the outgoing model. Any of the Murano's four trim levels can be had with all-wheel-drive for an additional $1,600. Hit the jump to read over the Nissan press release.

[Source: Nissan]
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Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today announced U.S. pricing for the refreshed 2011 Nissan Murano Crossover SUV, which is on sale now at Nissan dealers nationwide. For 2011, Murano receives a number of significant enhancements, including the addition of a new Murano SV trim level and the addition of the previous optional Premium, Leather, Moonroof and Technology Packages as standard equipment on the Murano SL.

Other refinements range from redesigned front grille, lower fascia and taillights to new 18-inch wheels on S, SV and SL models. Also added is one new exterior color, Graphite Blue, and the available Nissan Navigation System has been enhanced with XM NavTraffic®, XM NavWeather™ (XM® subscription required, sold separately), Zagat Survey® Restaurant Guide and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®.

Murano is again available in a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Every 2011 Murano comes equipped with a standard 260-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine and Xtronic CVT™ transmission.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices* (MSRP) for the 2011 Nissan Murano include:

Murano S FWD $28,500 USD
Murano SV FWD $31,910 USD
Murano SL FWD $35,450 USD
Murano LE FWD $37,540 USD
Murano S AWD $30,100 USD
Murano SV AWD $33,510 USD
Murano SL AWD $37,050 USD
Murano LE AWD $39,140 USD

About the 2011 Nissan Murano
The second generation Nissan Murano, introduced just two years ago, enters the 2011 model year with a refreshed grille and bumper design, new taillights, a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design and a number of interior and content refinements – all intended to keep Murano's visually distinctive styling fresh and exciting. The contemporary exterior design combines with Murano's "mobile suite" interior, advanced technology and a refined, premium driving feel to create a modern crossover SUV like no other.

Two new models have been added to the 2011 lineup: SV FWD and SV AWD. They join the Murano S FWD, Murano S AWD, Murano SL FWD, Murano SL AWD, Murano LE FWD and Murano LE AWD to provide buyers with a wide range of equipment and features to match any need or budget.

All 2011 Muranos again feature a standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6, rated at 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, and an advanced Xtronic CVT™ that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience. Murano is available in front-wheel drive or with an Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system.

The most striking visual element of the 2011 Murano is once again its dramatic body, which imparts a "modern art" feel while still maintaining its distinctive "Murano-ness." The front end features a bold grille with new, revised design and wide front headlights, a wide hood that sweeps into the bodylines, powerful wheel arches and an aggressive stance with available 20-inch wheels. Murano's rear end features a unique rear glass shape, integrated rear roof spoiler, large redesigned rear LED taillights and dual exhaust outlets with chrome finishers.

Murano is also offered with an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof with 2nd row skylight, adding to its open, airy interior feeling. Inside, Murano offers high levels of warmth and luxury – with available wood and aluminum accents, a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with power return, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate and RearView Monitor. Interior enhancements for 2011 include a new white meter color, new center stack colors and added equipment to various trim levels – driver's seat with power lumbar support (SV), RearView Monitor (SV), 7.0-inch color monitor (SV), auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink® Universal Transceiver (SL) and heated steering wheel (SL).

New audio and entertainment features range from the addition of standard iPod® connectivity and Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System to SV models to a Bose® audio system with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers for SL models. Available technology also includes an advanced touch screen Nissan Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box™ hard drive.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      It gets uglier and uglier with every iteration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree... what a horrible front end...
      • 4 Years Ago
      For Murano,s sake ,I hope they addressed the NVH situation. It seemed as tho there was a large helium ball caroming around against the very hard faced plastic trim.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Murano has always been ugly. It just gets worse every restyle as others say. The new Edge is far beyond all others in this class now. And I hardly see any newer Muranos, I see mostly Edges. Quite a few actually.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CX-7 or Edge hands down.

      The Murano is a disgusting design with a polarizing front end.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It has less power???
        • 4 Years Ago
        No power is the same in reality, its just now rated under the new SAE power standard.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Rated with regular instead of premium.
        Anyway it has a CVT, the only transmission to hide the differences between regular & premium.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Murano is truly a pleasure to drive. A nice quality interior, smooth power train, and good driving dynamics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the Murano and strongly considered the previous generation about 5 years ago. I think the current one is a step back in the styling department but it's still a good driver. My issue is with the price of this car which is just way to high. It's like they are completely unaware that the Mazda CX-9 is out there. The CX-9 is more useful and drives just as well. For similar prices you get more car and give up nothing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Higher price point, same hideous front end. Wooot!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've never been a huge fan of the Moron-o - not sure what the appeal of an ugly, over-priced crossover SUV is to be honest.

        Maybe I can use part of my vacation time to read up on a review or two and get acquainted? =)
        • 4 Years Ago
        No CUV is uglier....except for the Juke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not a bad deal, considering that they dropped the price when this generation first came out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't get how this vehicle is popular.

      The Subaru Tribeca is no ravishing beauty, but it's re-fresh a couple of years ago, is better than the Murano's current looks.

      The Tribeca has better AWD as standard, and is pretty much the same size.

      Yet Tribeca is almost ignored, and I see Muranos all over.

      I don't want, nor need a vehicle in this class, and have no plans to own one. But if I were, I think I would look at Tribeca and Edge/MKX FAR before Murano.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Where is the 7 speed automatic in the Tribeca?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Slapping of Monroney must have occured after a repeated beatings with an ugly stick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife has a 2010 Murano too and loves it - as do I. Great interior and drives really nicely. I cross shopped it with the Pilot, Tiguan, CX7 and CRV and the Murano just felt miles ahead with regards a luxury interior and ride (the Tiguan in particular was horrible)

      Great car.
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