2006 Nissan Murano

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$27,600

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2006 Nissan Murano

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Transmission behavior
  • Steering and handling
  • Stability
  • Seat comfort and support
  • Performance

The bad:

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

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • S

    $27,600

  • SL

    $29,150

  • SE

    $31,700

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2006 Nissan Murano trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Sleek, modern styling
  • FWD or AWD
  • 245-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • CVT
  • Side-curtain airbags

2006 Nissan Murano review: Our expert's take

By Sara Lacey

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:


I’ve come to feel as though looking for and buying a car is much like buying jeans. The work entailed in finding the right car, particularly including the purchasing process, can be brutal. Throw two small kids into the mix and it suddenly seems rational to keep the old car that you know will break down in the center lane of the highway at any moment. I will do anything, ANYTHING to avoid the 12-minute test-drive that turns into an hour and a half, at best, at the dealership. I will do anything to avoid trying to corral my kids in the dealership parking lot to conduct the child car seat test. So what’s the reward? With jeans, the hard work pays off only after multitudinous walks of shame from the dressing room to the 3-way mirror in the hall. When I find the perfect pair, I couldn’t be more elated than if I’d discovered gold. With a car, the reward is the priceless sense of relief that I won’t have to go through the process again for a long time. Of course, a shiny new car in the driveway isn’t a drag.

If you can swing it, the reward can be the 2006 Nissan Murano. It is just as good as your new favorite pair of jeans. The appearance of the vehicle has been likened to a shoe and yes, the grill is a little funky-looking. Like a pattern on the back pocket of designer jeans, it’s a bit over the top, but distinctive. And like my favorite jeans, a good fit in a new car is crucial. My 6-foot tall husband must be comfortable, the kids must be comfortable and of course I must be as well. Can you imagine one pair of pants that fits everyone? The Murano is that pair of jeans for my family.

For the mom-driver, everything is close at hand, yet I also feel like I have a lot of room. There’s plenty of space in the back for my two kids and I can fold down the armrest that houses the cup holders. I have the view of an SUV but the handling of a car, because it’s built on the chassis of a car. I have size but not excessive bulk in the Murano, it’s very responsive and I get an average of 20 miles to the gallon. Tres chic!

Both sets of Latch connectors in the back seat are easy to use. If I need to haul something around (other than children) I can fold the 60/40 rear seats flat either by pulling a strap on the seat, or via a nifty handle in the cargo area. Just one yank of either and poof, the back seats are down all the way. It couldn’t be easier. The model I have comes with a liner for the cargo area. I don’t worry about tossing dirty bikes or shoes in the back as I can just lift out the rubber liner and wash it off with a hose. Like jeans, the Murano is low-maintenance. The one problem with the back of the Murano is that Nissan doesn’t offer a third row. I’m not entirely sure how one would fit, but I think it’s worth Nissan’s time to research it. The only thing that would prevent me from purchasing a Murano as opposed to leasing one is not having the flexibility a third row offers.

I absolutely love the backup camera in this Murano. It’s a welcome addition to the many other safety features. I am confident pulling out of parking spots with large SUV’s flanking both sides, not to mention backing out of my driveway and also handling more tricky maneuvers like parallel parking. The extra peace-of-mind that Nissan grants me is plenty to rave about and I certainly hope backup cameras become standard for all vehicles in the future. Safety is totally vogue.

In any case, the Murano makes any purchasing decision easy. A fun, sexy car with no embarrassing three-way mirrors or visible panty lines for a family of four is certainly a gem. If I thought I could get away with it, I’d buy two!

*For more information on the 2006 Nissan Murano and its safety features visit Cars.com.

LET’S TALK NUMBERS

LATCH Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 5

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

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

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

SENSE AND STYLE

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

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.0

Most recent consumer reviews

4.4

Reliable, affordable and Easy to work on for DIY

This car was a great value, reliable, steers and handles very nicely, Roomy ith lots of storage, Great legroom for a tall driver, I'm 6'5" and I sit very comfortable. Bucket seats are adjustable for all driver types, shapes and sizes.

3.0

Love the space.

I love this car. Just wish it didn’t cost so much to get fixed. Great space. Good on gas. My kids love it. Definitely my baby.

4.9

Very Low Miles and drives like a new one!

It is very comfortable and has many new items that have been replaced such as tires, brakes, and ac system. The windshield is new and the car has had a recent tune up.

See all 51 consumer reviews

Warranty

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
N/A
Powertrain
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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