2011 Nissan Murano

MSRP $29,290

Ranked #8 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2011 Nissan Murano Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2011 Nissan Murano comes with some minor but significant changes. It retains a strong powertrain and confident handling along with a high-quality interior. The newest addition for 2011 includes some styling updates and there has also been a slight power reduction. The optional navigation system now comes bundled with real-time traffic and weather updates and Bluetooth streaming. 

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Pros

Superior build quality

Spacious interior

Powerful engine

Impressive handling

Cons

Lacks Rearward Visibility

Ride quality drops with the 20-inch wheels equipped

What's New?

New SV trim

Traffic and weather gets included in the navigation system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29290

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

240 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

189.9 in.

width

74.1 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3877 lbs.

ground clearance

7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

64 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1256 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/23 mpg

highway range

499.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

S$29,290 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Nissan Murano in Brilliant Silver Metallic color
Brilliant Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The engine under the hood is a 3.5 L V6 mated to a CVT transmission and could be configured in both FWD and AWD. For 2011 the Nissan Murano is available in four trims in which the SV trim placed just above the base trim is new for this year. Pricing starts at $29,290 and climbs up to around $40,000 for the top-end model. The 2011 Nissan Murano competes with the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Ford Edge.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2011 Nissan Murano Features

8.5/10

The Nissan Murano is available in four trims at varying price points. All models are powered by the same 3.5 L V6 engine outputting 260 hp and 240 lb-ft. All models are available in both FWD as well as AWD configurations with the same CVT transmission. The SL and LE trims are offered with a Navigation package which comes with a Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7.0" VGA color touch-screen monitor and voice recognition, XM NavTraffic and XM NavWeather, and Zagat Survey restaurant reviews along with Streaming audio via Bluetooth wireless technology that comes with a 9.3 GB Music Box hard drive for digital music storage and playback. The following table shows the detailed list of trims and their features and prices-

Trim

S

SV

SL

LE

MSRP

$29,290 (FWD)

$30,890 (AWD)

$32,860 (FWD)

$34,460 (AWD)

$36,400 (FWD)

$38,000 (AWD)

$38,300 (FWD)

$39,900 (AWD)

Features

Intuitive All-Wheel Drive (AWD) or Front-Wheel Drive (FWD)

Dual Panel Moonroof with power retractable sunshades

Optional Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7.0" VGA touch-screen monitor and voice recognition

20" Aluminum-alloy wheels 

 

18" Aluminum-alloy wheels

Vehicle Information Center with 7" QVGA monitor

Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers

High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights

 

Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

RearView Monitor

Leather-appointed seats with driver’s seat memory position

Heated rear seats

 

Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition

8-way power driver’s seat and 4-way power front-passenger seat

Heated front seats

Wood-tone trim

 

6-way manual driver’s seat with manual

lumbar support

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated audio controls

Bose audio system with nine speakers

Steering-wheel position memory

 

AM/FM/in-dash 6-CD changer audio system with 6 speakers

AM/FM/CD audio system with 6 speakers

Driver’s seat and outside mirrors position memory

Wood-tone trim

We Recommend

The SL trim is the one to go for as it offers some premium features over the SV trim which already comes with added features over the base trim. The SL trim is the best choice as it is equipped with a better infotainment unit and leather-covered seats. It also could be equipped with the Navigation Package which adds improved infotainment features. Overall, the SL trim that stands just below the top-end trim is the ideal choice in the Murano lineup.

2011 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2011 Nissan Murano comes with a strong V6 engine under its hood outputting 260 hp and 240 lb-ft. This is 5 hp and 8 lb-ft less than what the last year’s model put out. The engine's power is transferred to either an FWD or an AWD drivetrain through a CVT transmission. The Murano is not just powerful, but also engaging to drive and comes with impressive ride quality.

The 2011 Nissan Murano reaches 60 mph in 7 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile mark in 16 seconds. These timings are impressive and hold up very well with the competition. The ride quality is good and the handling is confidence-inspiring. The suspension setup soaks up the undulations and potholes on the road efficiently. 

Model

2011 Nissan Murano S

2011 Mazda CX-9 Sport

2011 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

2011 Ford Edge SE

MSRP

$29,290

$29,135

$29,145

$27,640

Engine

3.5 L V6

3.7L V6

3.5 L V6

3.5 L V6

Drivetrain

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

FWD/AWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

273 hp @ 6250 rpm

276 hp @ 6300 rpm

285 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

270 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm

248 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

253 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

7

7.3

7.4

6.8

Quarter-mile (mph)

16

15.6

15.7

15.4

Top Speed (mph)

131

130

139

136

The Ford Edge is the most powerful and fastest of the lot while also being the least expensive one. The Nissan Murano comes in second place in terms of speed, even though it is the least powerful one here. The Mazda CX-9 and the Murano are the more exciting ones to drive followed by the Ford and the Santa Fe. Ride quality is pretty good in all of the models, however, they get rough when the higher sized wheels are equipped in the CX-9, Murano, and the Santa Fe.

2011 Nissan Murano Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Murano performs quite well in terms of fuel efficiency and despite the power downgrade, the efficiency has not been improved. The 2011 Nissan Murano delivers fuel efficiency of 18 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway, and 20 mpg of combined fuel economy. The Nissan Murano gets a 21.7-gallon fuel capacity outputting a combined range of 434 miles. The efficiency figures are above average in this segment and the Murano performed pretty well.

Model

Nissan Murano S

Mazda CX-9

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

2011 Ford Edge SE

MPG (City) (mpg)

18

17

20

19

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

23

24

26

26

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

20

19

23

21

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

21.7

20.1

18.0

18.0

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

391/499/434

342/482/381

360/468/414

342/468/378

The Santa Fe delivers combined fuel efficiency of 23 mpg, followed by The Edge providing a combined fuel economy of 20 mpg. The CX-9 has the least efficiency figures which are understandable as it comes with an extra row of seating and more heft. The Nissan puts out a respectable combined efficiency of 20 mpg whereas it comes with the largest capacity fuel tank measuring 21.7 gallons resulting in the Murano delivering the most combined range of around 434 miles. 

2011 Nissan Murano Interior

7.0/10

The 2011 Nissan Murano features an upscale cabin made up of high-quality materials and elements. The cabin is very spacious with all seats providing lots of space. The Murano actually has a cabin that exceeds expectations placed on a Nissan interior. The dashboard and the enter console are nicely designed and everything looks and feels nice. Dual-zone automatic climate control being a standard feature even in the base trim is a nice thing to have. 

The seats are heated and covered in leather in the higher trims and offer very good levels of comfort and support. There is an ample amount of space on the inside and the front row space is truly exceptional. The second-row seats are also extremely comfortable, offering reclining functionality for added comfort. The cargo capacity measuring 31.6 cu-ft is also plenty for long trips.

Model

Nissan Murano S

Mazda CX-9

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

2011 Ford Edge SE

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.1/59.6/43.6

39.6/59.4/40.9

40.2/59.5/42.6

40.0/58.9/40.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/58.7/36.3

39.0/58.7/39.8

39.6/58.6/36.8

39.3/58.7/39.6

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

31.6

17.2

34.2

32.2

The Murano is the most spacious option in the front row, while the Ford Edge and the Mazda CX-9 are the overall more spacious ones. While comparing the cargo capacity, the Hyundai Santa Fe has the most of 34.2 cu-ft, followed by the Edge. The CX-9 offers a third row of seating and when that third row is put down it also offers plenty of cargo space. The following are some of the standout interior features of the 2011 Nissan Murano-

  • 8-way power driver’s seat 
  • 4-way power front-passenger seat
  • Dual Panel Moonroof with power retractable sunshades
  • Heated Front and Rear Seats 
  • Leather-appointed seats with driver’s seat memory position
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated audio controls 

How intuitive is the 2011 Nissan Murano’s infotainment unit?

The 2011 Nissan Murano comes equipped with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit as standard. It is equipped with Bluetooth, Aux, and USB Connectivity along with the added feature of SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation. As for audio, there is a Bose audio system with nine speakers and dual subwoofers. Other major infotainment features include-

  • Vehicle Information Center with 7" QVGA monitor
  • Optional Nissan Hard Drive Navigation System with 7" VGA touch-screen monitor and voice recognition
  • Bose audio system with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers
  • Aux Input
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio 
  • USB Connectivity

2011 Nissan Murano Exterior

6.0/10

The Nissan Murano has a futuristic design language with a sporty attire. The front end looks beautiful and kind of alien, but in a good way. The front grille has a particular aesthetics and is integrated with the HID headlamps, it makes the front-end look amazing. Overall the Murano is a beautiful-looking crossover that with a bright color will surely stand out in the crowd. 

The wheels are of 18-inches in size in the lower trims while the top-end LE trim comes equipped with larger 20-inch alloys. The advanced design language combined with sporty aesthetics makes the Murano look smaller than it actually is. The Murano based on exterior looks is a super option in this segment. However, it comes with a lower ground clearance compared to the average in the segment. 

Model

Nissan Murano S

Mazda CX-9

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

2011 Ford Edge SE

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,877

4,330

3,875

4,082

Length (in.)

189.9

200.2

184.1

184.2

Width (in.)

74.1

76.2

74.4

76.0

Height (in.)

67.0

68.0

67.9

67.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.4

8.0

8.1

7.9

Wheelbase (in.)

111.2

113.2

184.1

111.2

The new Mazda CX-9 is obviously the heaviest while the Murano and Santa Fe are the lighter ones. The Santa Fe has the most ground clearance while the Mazda and the Nissan are the longer machines here. Based on exterior beauty, all of the models featured here are good-looking and the choice based on exterior design is left to individual preference. Major exterior highlights of the Murano are-

  • High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights
  • Silver-accented roof rails
  • Automatic on/off headlights with fog lights
  • Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Heated outside mirrors with memory position
  • 20" Aluminum-alloy wheels

2011 Nissan Murano Safety

8.0/10

The new Nissan Murano comes equipped with many standard safety features. It stops from 60 mph at a distance of 126 ft, which is a good distance in this segment. Both NHTSA, as well as Nissan and NHTSA, have given it an impressive overall safety rating of 5-stars. IIHS gave the Murano a ‘Good’ rating for frontal protection further ensuring that the Murano is a super safe mini SUV. Some important safety features in the 2011 Nissan Murano are-

  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • 4-wheel ABS with EBD 
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS)
  • Blind Spot Warning System (BSW) 
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) 
  • Moving Object Detection (MOD)

2011 Nissan Murano Final Verdict

The 2011 Nissan Murano is an excellent choice in its segment and price range. It comes with a capable powertrain and confidence-inspiring handling. The interior is luxurious and of super high quality. There is also plenty of space on the inside including enough cargo space. The exterior design is also impressive and it looks beautiful. Overall it is a great choice to opt for in this segment. 

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