2005 Nissan Murano

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2005 Nissan Murano

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

3 trims

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  • S


  • SL


  • SE


Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2005 Nissan Murano trim comparison will help you decide.

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 review: Our expert's take

By Kristin Varela

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

I love chocolate and I have no problem telling the world. I’m thrilled to hear about the newest studies linking chocolate to strong emotional and physical wellbeing. When popping a piece into my mouth I simply feel good. It’s an indulgent treat that stimulates the secretion of endorphins, lowers my chance of cancer, and lowers my blood pressure. I don’t have to sacrifice decadence for health.

Driving the 2005 Nissan Murano feels almost as good as eating chocolate. I don’t have to sacrifice form for function. I look forward to my daily treat of driving the Murano as much as I look forward to a piece of chocolate after dinner.

The adjustable foot pedals in the Murano make it easy to tailor a seating configuration to fit all drivers in my family. I’m able to move the pedals to me rather than moving myself to the pedals. This is also great from a safety standpoint; the farther away I am from the steering wheel and airbag, the less risk of injury during an airbag deployment. A 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat is standard equipment on my test vehicle (the SE version).

The low entry height of the Nissan Murano means that both of my children can climb in without help. It’s also positioned just right for me to elegantly slide my derrière into the driver’s seat.

Despite its apparently compact body size, the Murano has cargo space to spare. My stroller, that’s quickly becoming nothing more than a purse carrier, lives in harmony with garden supplies, groceries, and my husband’s sweaty triathlon gear (don’t worry, I keep the produce separated from the sweat).

When I need extra cargo space and I’m not lugging children around (don’t ask me when that’d be, ’cause I simply can’t give an example of when I’m not with child), the seats fold as easy as pie with the help of a little latch located near the cargo door. They also fold by using a pull tab located on the seat itself.

Just like chocolate, the 2005 Nissan Murano has its downside. It’s not the fat content, so, what is the downside to the Murano? Well, it seats a total of five people and I can only fit two child car seats in it, so it’s not a carpooler’s dream. And, like many vehicles driven lately, I’m not thrilled about the center rear seatbelt that comes down from the ceiling.

A recent study performed by Strategic Vision offers statistical proof that I’m not alone in my sense of chocolate-induced nirvana while driving this car. The 2005 Nissan Murano (along with five other Nissans) received the highest overall score when rating owners’ emotional response to their Murano and any problems experienced with it.

*For more information on the Nissan Murano and its safety features visit Cars.com.


LATCH Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5


Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Ample


Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Fair – Great

Fun-Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove-On): Groove-On

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews


The transmission went out for second time .

lot of room but can’t keep putting transmission in it drivers seat broke wobbles .it does have Room but it’s a lot of work done


First the CVT transmission is and always been bad.

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 overheated.Now no heat. I have owner PathFinders for years and loved them. This USA major defect that Nissan REFUSED TO ADMIT. I do NOT feel safe whatsoever. Or if I will end up at my destination or on the side of the road. Better yet, in the hospital. They do not even care. I have done my homework on this. Signed up for a class action lawsuit.


Very reliable and safe car I own it.

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.

See all 44 consumer reviews


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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