• (4.6) 30 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,083–$9,771
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 22
  • Engine: 245-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2005 Nissan Murano

Our Take on the Latest Model 2005 Nissan Murano

What We Don't Like

  • Nontraditional appearance
  • Thick rear pillars
  • Small tachometer
  • Meager glove box

Notable Features

  • Sleek, modern styling
  • FWD or AWD
  • 245-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • New base S model

2005 Nissan Murano Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Nissan added the Murano "crossover" sport utility vehicle to its lineup in the 2003 model year. Specifically designed and engineered for the U.S. market, the Murano "gets away from the slab-sided design that's so common," said Bill Kirrane, former Nissan Division general manager.

A rollover sensor system has been added to the side curtain-type airbags for 2005, and a new base S model is available. A new Convenience Package is offered, and Touring packages add an Intelligent Key feature.

Also offered in SL and SE trim levels with either front- or all-wheel drive, the Murano has a four-wheel-independent suspension and a continuously variable transmission. For 2004, the CVT unit in SE models gained a manual-shift mode.


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 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.

Aerodynamic enhancements include an under-engine cover, a chin spoiler and a rear spoiler. Built on a 111.2-inch wheelbase, the Murano 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
Equipped with either cloth or optional leather upholstery, the Murano has flip-out door pockets and removable cupholders. Adjustable pedals are optional. The split folding rear seat reclines. SL and SE models have a 10-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support. The floating instrument panel is trimmed in aluminum. A Bose audio system and a navigation system are optional.

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

Safety
Dual-stage front airbags, side-impact airbags and side curtain-type airbags are standard. 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 performs with splendid passion. Acceleration is vigorous, and passing at highway speeds produces no unusual sensations. The gearless CVT operates seamlessly and delivers plenty of immediate energy with no fuss; it ranks among the best. 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. There's little body motion or roll even in quick turns, and the Murano feels 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.


Consumer Reviews

4.6

Average based on 30 reviews

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I feel safe driving it.

by Chrissybee from on September 28, 2017

Very luxurious and I feel safe and secure driving it. It has a lot of comfort features as well. It fits three people comfortably in the back seat.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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