2004 Nissan Murano

Change Vehicle
2004 Nissan Murano

Search Inventory Near You


Available in 4 styles:  2004 Nissan Murano AWD shown
Asking Price Range
$5,156–$12,456
Estimated MPG

20 city / 24–25 hwy

Summary

    Expert Reviews 1 of 2

By 

Cars.com National
Vehicle Overview
Nissan added the Murano crossover sport utility vehicle to its lineup in December 2002. Infiniti, Nissan’s luxury division, soon followed with its FX35 and FX45, two other crossover vehicles that blend the virtues of several body styles into a single model.

Specifically designed and engineered for the U.S. market, the Murano “gets away from the slab-sided design that’s so common [and] offers an emotional alternative to typical SUVs,” says Bill Kirrane, vice president and general manager of the Nissan Division.

Offered in SL and SE trim levels with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the Murano has a four-wheel-independent suspension and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). For 2004, the CVT unit in SE models gets a manual-shift mode. Sunroof and Touring packages are available, a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support is standard, and satellite radio prewiring is installed.

Exterior
Nissan says the Murano’s wraparound surface construction features a sloping hood line and a steeply raked windshield. Each wheel is pushed out toward the corners for a long wheelbase and wide stance. The “sculpture in motion” theme focuses on an architectural grille and a sporty, upswept D-pillar that blends into the rounded cargo door, behind tiny quarter windows.

Aerodynamic enhancements include an under-engine body cover, front and rear tire deflectors, a chin spoiler and a rear spoiler. The Murano rides a 111.2-inch wheelbase, measures 187.6 inches long overall and stands 66.5 inches tall; it rides on 18-inch tires. High-intensity-discharge headlights and a sport-tuned suspension are installed on SE models.

Interior
Nissan promises “first-class seating” on sculpted seats. Equipped with either cloth or leather upholstery, the Murano has flip-out door pockets and a removable cupholder. Adjustable pedals are optional. The split, folding rear seat reclines and has a remote slip-down function.

The instrument panel is a one-piece floating design and is trimmed in aluminum. A seven-speaker Bose audio system and a navigation system are optional.

Under the Hood
A 3.5-liter V-6 engine sends 245 horsepower to Nissan’s Xtronic CVT, which has no gears but works with a steel belt and twin pulleys. An available Vehicle Dynamic Control system improves stability by controlling brake pressure and engine torque.

Safety
Standard features include dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags. The seat belts have pretensioners and load limiters. Active head restraints for the front seats are installed. All-disc antilock brakes have Brake Assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

Driving Impressions
The Murano is lusciously shaped and performs with splendid passion. Acceleration is vigorous, and the gearless CVT operates seamlessly and ranks among the best. Passing at highway speeds produces no unusual sensations. The CVT delivers plenty of immediate energy with no fuss. Engine noise is minimal, but a high whine emerges if you keep your foot to the floor.

Handling is the Murano’s prime attribute. This SUV corners heartily and stays impressively flat through curves. Even in quick turns, there’s little body motion or roll, and the Murano feels utterly solid. Ride quality is pleasing, as the standard suspension cushions quite a bit of roughness.

The magnificent seats have great back and thigh support and appealing cushioning. Huge back pillars constrict over-the-shoulder visibility.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com;
Posted on 8/27/03

    Expert Reviews 1 of 2

People Who Viewed this Car Also Viewed

Select up to three models to compare with the 2004 Nissan Murano.


Featured Services for this Nissan Murano

  • Sell your current car quickly and easily on Cars.com.
  • Not sure what auto repair should cost you? Use our price estimator.
  • Get help with car repair now on Cars.com. Visit Repair & Care

Search Inventory Near You

Calculate Monthly Payment

What will my monthly cost be?

Check Payment

Calculate Affordable Price

What is the most I can afford?

Check Price

More Calculators

Compare finance offers to decide what's right for you.

Certain specifications, prices and equipment data have been provided under license from Chrome Data Solutions ("Chrome Data"). ©2013 Chrome Data Solutions, LP. All Rights Reserved. This information is supplied for personal use only and may not be used for any commercial purpose whatsoever without the express written consent of Chrome Data. Chrome Data makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, including without limitation any warranty of merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, with respect to the data presented here. All specifications, prices and equipment are subject to change without notice.