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HANDS-ON MURANO A TOUGH PACKAGE TO BEAT

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com

Just six months ago, we presented an overall review of the 2015 Nissan Murano. This time, the Japanese carmaker sent over the five-passenger midsize crossover for a week. Our revamped and front-wheel-drive ride was fitted with a 3.5-liter DOHC V-6 engine, which is mated to a Continuous Variable Transmission. It develops 260 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 240 pounds-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. 

The interior is practical with plush zero-gravity seats and the 60/40-split rear bench seat folds via a button. Other goodies include eight-way power driver and four-way front-passenger seats, leather steering wheel, seats and shifter, 8-inch multi-screen color display, 9-speaker Bose sound system, overhead sunglass holder, start/stop button and power lift gate. Three 12-volt power outlets and front/rear USB ports should keep young occupants in the back seat quiet and busy during long hauls.

Sharing its platform with the Altima sedan, the Murano delivers a civilized and composed ride with impressive handling, crisp steering and superb balance. Generous cargo and people-hauling capabilities make the eminently useful Murano a tough package to beat.

MURANO (FWD)

Tires: P235/65R18 all season

Wheelbase: 111.2 inches

Length: 192.8 inches

Weight: 3,790 pounds

Suspension: independent strut front; multilink rear

Steering: power rack and pinion

Base price: $36,950

Fuel capacity: 19 gallons

City: 21 mpg

Highway: 28 mpg

Web site: www.nissanusa.com

CALLING ALL NISSAN DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com