and round and round it goes. Where are the angles? Nobody knows. That's the whimsy
in Nissan's sporty Murano crossover, with edges so smooth a sharp corner or table-flat
plane seem nonexistent. From the rounded nose and thick circular chrome dual exhausts,
bulging rear liftgate that flows out and down, and even Nissan's "globe"
logo, everything seems to go in circles in a sort of futuristic "Jetsons"
way. Even the rear window edge is
rounded at the bottom.
look-ahead appearance (they call it "wraparound") is only the beginning
of its charm -- a word not always associated with Nissan, now recognized for its
slap-in-the-face truck grilles and haunchy speedsters. But this is charming indeed,
despite some oddly quirky colors (a muddy mustard dubbed "Luminous Gold"
for one) aimed at those who like to be different.
is no-nonsense engineering and cross purpose capability, on a solid underpinning
of comfort for five touched with leather trim in near-lux mode. It rides a 3.5
liter, 245 horsepower V-6 with vehicle dynamic control and available all-wheel-drive
(plus heated seats) for nasty Northern winters. Handling is crisp.
slightly raised rear roofline equals stretch room. Rear seats fold for more storage
area. The Bose six-CD changer includes a throwback tape deck, and a lockable center
console bin houses jacks plus wireless earphones for game-playing on the DVD.
A nav system adjusts easily from bright to dim, but mandates a read of the user's
manual. Power points are strangely missing.
handsome interior with moonroof has matte black and dulled metal trim against
a soft, midrange beige. Button controls are easy to see and activate, day or night.
Side curtain airbags are there for safety. Despite its curvy demeanor, we found
one angular plane. High intensity headlamps, in the European manner, severed the
black of night from low beam light with razor-edged sharpness about waist high,
so glare won't bother oncoming drivers.