2012 Nissan Murano

MSRP $29,960 - $40,560

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7.9

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2012 Nissan Murano Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 18, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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An SUV that does not have too much off-roading capability, towing capacity, and does not have the traditional SUV cliches also looks stylish. We are talking about the Nissan Murano. The car has been put together in a very convincing way and with the latest iteration, the Murano looks more flamboyant it is slickly styled on the inside, with a unified look that coordinates well with the slightly bulbous shape.

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Pros

Powerful engine

Capable transmission

Smooth ride

Cons

Low cargo space

Less rear visibility

What's New?

The new model is longer and lower than its predecessor

Lesser curb weight

More powerful engine 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29960

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

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.2 in.

length

189.9 in.

width

74.1 in.

height

67 in.

curb weight

3841 lbs.

ground clearance

7.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

108.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

64 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1165 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/24 mpg

highway range

520.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

S$29,960 onwards

SV$33,530 onwards

SL$37,230 onwards

LE$38,960 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Nissan Murano in Autumn Shimmer color
Autumn Shimmer

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

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


It is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 260 horsepower and is mated to a CVT gearbox. The 2012 Nissan Murano is offered in four trims and the base price is $29,960 and goes up to $40,560 for the top-end trim with an AWD drivetrain. At a price point of this level, the Murano goes up and competes against the likes of the Buick Enclave and the Hyundai Santa Fe


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2012 Nissan Murano Features

8.5/10

The Nissan Murano is offered in four trims starting from a base price of $29,960 and goes all the way up to $40,560 for the fully loaded LE trim with an AWD drivetrain. The base trim itself comes equipped with features like 18" aluminum-alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic temperature control, 6-way manual driver’s seat with manual lumbar support, In-dash 6-CD changer with MP3 CD capability, auxiliary audio input jack, six standard airbags. Each trim gets a few more features than the models under it.

Trim

S

SV

SL

LE

MSRP (FWD)

$29,960

$33,530

$37,230

$38,960

MSRP (AWD)

$31,560

$35,130

$38,830

$40,560

Features

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

Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System

Dual Panel Moonroof with power retractable sunshades

20" Aluminum-alloy wheels 

 

18" Aluminum-alloy wheels

Vehicle Information Center with 7" QVGA monitor

Heated outside mirrors with memory position

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

 

LED taillights

RearView Monitor

Rain-sensing variable intermittent windshield wipers

Silver-accented roof rails 

 

Dual-Zone Automatic Temperature Control (ATC)

HomeLink Universal Transceiver

Leather-appointed seats with driver’s seat memory position

Heated rear seats

 

Nissan Intelligent Key with Push Button Ignition

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with digital compass

Heated front seats

 

 

6-way manual driver’s seat with manual lumbar support

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

Bose audio system with nine speakers plus dual subwoofers

 

 

60/40 Split fold-down rear seatbacks with cargo area-accessible releases

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with illuminated audio controls

Power-return rear seatbacks and a power liftgate

 

We Recommend

We would go for the fully loaded, AWD drivetrain equipped LE trim for the price of $40,560 mostly to get a taste for everything that the maker can offer for its customers in the car and the complete essence of luxury from Nissan's understanding.

2012 Nissan Murano Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2012 Nissan Murano comes with a V6 engine producing 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque. The engine's power is put down to the road through either an FWD or an AWD drivetrain with a CVT transmission. The Nissan accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds and completes the quarter-mile mark in 13.9 seconds. The Murano is limited to a top speed of 140mph.

Model

Nissan Murano S

Buick Enclave Convenience

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

MSRP

$31,560

$38,500

$30,925

Engine

3.5 L V6

3.6 L V6

3.5 L V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

Power

260 hp @ 6000 rpm

288 hp @ 6300 rpm

276 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

240 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

270 ft-lbs. @ 3400 rpm

248 ft-lbs. @ 5000 rpm

0-60 mph (seconds)

7.8

8

7.4

Quarter-mile (mph)

13.9

N/A

15.7

Top Speed (mph)

140

117

135

The Hyundai Santa Fe is the fastest to reach 60mph. It is powered by a 3.5L V6 under the hood churning out 276 hp and 248 lb-ft, and is able to reach from 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds and crosses the quarter-mile mark in 15.7 seconds. The Murano comes in second place, while the Buick takes almost 8 seconds to accelerate to 60mph.

2012 Nissan Murano Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The Murano manages to return a mileage of 18mpg in the city,24mpg on the highway, and 20mpg of combined mileage. The Murano can hold up to 21.7 Gallons of fuel giving us a range of 390miles and 434miles in the City and Highway respectively. The efficiency figures are on par with other vehicles in the segment.

Model

Nissan Murano S

Buick Enclave Convenience

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

MPG (City) (mpg)

18

16

20

MPG (Highway) (mpg)

24

22

26

MPG (Combined) (mpg)

20

18

22

Fuel Capacity (gallon)

21.7

22

18

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

390/521/434

352/484/396

360/468/396

The Hyundai once again comes on top in terms of the efficiency figures returning 22mpg. The Buick is on the other end of the spectrum with 16mpg in the city and 22mpg on the highway. However, it covers the deficit with its range, thanks to its 22-gallon fuel tank, which is the largest in the segment. The Murano delivers the best-combined range of 434 miles, followed by the Buick and the Hyundai providing 396 miles of range, respectively.

2012 Nissan Murano Interior

9.0/10

The Nissan Murano provides a good amount of space and is very comfortable for five passengers. The cabin comes with an 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, 4-way adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats with independent slide and reclining adjustments, There is a combination of leather and fabric in the upholstery There is the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The space both up front and the rear feels ample and even the cargo capacity of 31.6 cubic feet can cater to all of your needs.

Model

Nissan Murano S

Buick Enclave Convenience

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

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

40.1/59.6/43.6

40.4/62.0/41.3

40.2/59.5/42.6

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

39.4/58.7/36.3

39.0/61.4/36.9

39.6/58.6/36.8

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

31.6

23.3

34.2

The Nissan turns out as the most spacious option in the front row, which is then followed by the Buick and then the Santa Fe. When we come to the second-row seating, the competition is all at par with each other. In terms of cargo capacity, Santa Fe has the most of it at 34.2 cu-ft, and then comes the Murano followed by the Buick Enclave with 23.3 cu-ft of cargo area, respectively.

Some salient interior features of the 2012 Nissan Murano include:

  • 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 2012 Nissan GT-R’s infotainment unit?

The 2012 Nissan Murano comes equipped with a 7-inch infotainment unit as standard. The infotainment is built-in with Bluetooth, Aux, and USB Connectivity along with the additional feature of SiriusXM satellite radio and navigation. The infotainment setup is connected to a Bose audio system with nine speakers and dual subwoofers on the SL and LE trims.

The important 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
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

2012 Nissan Murano Exterior

9.0/10

The Nissan Murano looks futuristic in styling. The front end of the Murano is equipped with High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights, automatic on/off headlights, fog lights led taillights, black roof rails, dual-panel moonroof with power retractable sunshades, dual power outside mirrors, dual power heated outside mirrors, and rear privacy glass. The Nissan Murano has a weight of 3,980 lbs, which is comparatively light among the contenders in the segment. The Murano has a ground clearance of 7.4 inches

Model

Nissan Murano S

Buick Enclave Convenience

Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

Curb Weight (lbs)

3980

4980

4120

Length (in.)

189.9

201.8

184.1

Width (in.)

74.1

79.0

74.4

Height (in.)

67.0

72.5

67.9

Ground Clearance (in.)

7.4

8.4

7.3

Wheelbase (in.)

111.2

118.9

106.3

The Buick is the heaviest at 4,980 lbs and then comes the Santa Fe with a weight of 4120 lbs. The Buick has a ground clearance of 8.4 inches which is currently best in the list here, as is its wheelbase of 118.9 inches. It is also the longest, widest, and tallest, while the Hyundai is a relatively smaller SUV

Other key exterior features include-

  • 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

2012 Nissan Murano Safety

7.0/10

The new Nissan Murano comes equipped with a lot of standard safety features,like a set of six standard airbags, rollover head protection for front and rear-seat outboard occupants, Door-mounted curtain supplemental airbags for side-impact and rollover head protection for front occupants are the airbags present in this Nissan. It receives four out of a possible five stars in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and also fares well in the IIHS’ tests. 

Other key safety features include:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control 
  • 4-wheel ABS with EBD 
  • Six standard airbags
  • 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) 

2012 Nissan Murano Final Verdict

The Nissan Murano might not be the most futuristic or modern looking SUV out in the market or might not be the most hardcore offroading machine you wish it were but it is a great way to travel and transport yourself or your people from one place to another in comfort and peace.It is a car that feels safe and comfortable over long distance drives too.This car might be a great value for money even if it is not the top of the line performer. 

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