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2005 Nissan Murano

2005 Nissan Murano

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$2,623 — $8,423 USED
Sport Utility
5 Seats
22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Transmission behavior
  • Steering and handling
  • Ride stability
  • Seat comfort and support
  • Performance

The Bad

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

What to Know

about the 2005 Nissan Murano
  • Sleek, modern styling
  • FWD or AWD
  • 245-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • Continuously variable transmission
  • New base S model

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2005 Nissan Murano Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 le...

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

What drivers are saying

4.4
43 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.1)

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(2.0)

First the CVT transmission is and always been bad.

by Con from Norway Maine on February 29, 2020

The CVT tranny has caused several safety issue first of all. It accelerates when coming to a stop. Then going faster it spats and sputters. Absolutely no power!! HOW DANGEROUS. It has always ... Read full review

(5.0)

Very reliable and safe car I own it.

by IgorB from Boca Raton, Florida on September 8, 2019

Plenty room, good visibility, performance a good engine. Car is safe in any weather conditions. The ride is like a Lexus and it handles almost like a sedan. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Nissan Murano currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Nissan Murano has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Murano received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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