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.
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.