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Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic Fails Latin NCAP Tests Despite The Addition Of Airbags 15
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Chevrolet, Chevrolet Aveo, Chevrolet Videos, Chevy Sonic, Galleries, Global NCAP, Nissan Kicks, Nissan Murano, Nissan Videos, Reports, video on 12 15th, 2017


Latin NCAP continue to express their concerns with vehicles sold at South American markets after the Chevrolet Aveo became the latest in a string of cars to fail their tests.

Otherwise known as Chevrolet Sonic north of the border, the Aveo is one of the best selling cars in Mexico, and it scored zero stars in Latin NCAP’s latest crash test session, despite being equipped with 2 standard front airbags, unlike the model tested in 2015.

In the frontal impact test, the subcompact car “recorded poor protection to the chest of the driver, even with airbags”, Latin NCAP notes, adding that “the structural performance was rated as unstable, which explains also the movement of the steering column and pedals, increasing the risk of injuries to the driver”.

The Aveo’s side impact protection was rated as ‘adequate’ to ‘good’, thanks to “good energy absorption features”, whereas the child occupant protection “showed improvements” from the model tested two years ago.

“Latin NCAP showed, once again, that just adding airbags will not make a car safe when the structure is unstable”, said the organization’s Secretary General Alejandro Furas. “We call for GM to bring the same safety levels offered as standard by them in other markets to Latin America very soon.”

The safety specialists also tested the Nissan Kicks during their latest session, which failed to achieve the maximum 5-star safety rating. The subcompact SUV, which will launch in the USA next spring, scored 4 stars for both adult occupant and child occupant protection, after it “showed an unstable structural and footwell area performance in the frontal crash test”.

Finally, the Nissan Murano was subjected to the frontal and pole side impact tests as well and was awarded with a 5-star safety rating.

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2018 Nissan Murano Has New Standard Safety Features And A Starting Price Of $30,550 17
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in nissan, Nissan Murano, prices, USA on 11 17th, 2017


The Nissan Murano is entering the 2018 model year with a host of updates and a higher base price.

The entry-level Murano S starts at $30,550 which is an increase of $780. While the crossover is more expensive than last year’s model, it comes equipped with an assortment of new features including an automatic emergency braking system and an intelligent forward collision warning system. Drivers will also find a revised center console and an 8-inch NissanConnect infotainment system with GPS navigation as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

The Murano SV starts at $33,850 and it gains a standard blind spot warning system and a rear cross traffic alert system. Customers can also order the SV Premium Package which now includes an intelligent cruise control system.

The $38,250 Murano SL largely carries over but it now includes a motion-activated power liftgate. Other changes include a new moonroof package and a Midnight Edition package which has additional content.

Lastly, the Murano Platinum starts at $41,980 and it comes equipped with a new motion-activated power liftgate as well as a standard dual panel moonroof.

The 2018 Nissan Murano is currently on sale and all models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine which produces 260 hp (193 kW) and 240 lb-ft (325 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an Xtronic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.

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Nissan Adds Standard Automatic Emergency Braking To Most 2018 Models 8
Jun
Posted by Zac Estrada in nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Leaf, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Rogue Sport, Nissan Sentra, Tech on 06 8th, 2017

Nissan is the latest automaker to make standard on a number of its vehicles what advocates consider to be the next important safety feature.
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Regulators Investigate Faulty Brakes On 2009 Nissan Murano 8
May
Posted by Brad Anderson in NHTSA, nissan, Nissan Murano, Reports on 05 8th, 2017


Safety regulators in the United States have launched a preliminary investigation into potentially faulty brakes in the 2009 Nissan Murano.
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2017.5 Nissan Murano Comes With Revised Pricing, Kicks Off From $29,770 9
Feb
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in nissan, Nissan Murano, prices, SUV on 02 9th, 2017


Nissan has revised the price range of their Murano SUV for the second time in the last four months.
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Nissan’s Midnight Edition Package Available On Maxima, Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano And Pathfinder 9
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chicago Auto Show, Galleries, new cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Sentra on 02 9th, 2017


Nissan is expanding its Midnight Edition equipment package fleet by introducing five new models at the Chicago Auto Show 2017.
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Nissan’s Midnight Edition Package Available On Maxima, Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano And Pathfinder 9
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chicago Auto Show, Galleries, new cars, nissan, Nissan Altima, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Sentra on 02 9th, 2017


Nissan is expanding its Midnight Edition equipment package fleet by introducing five new models at the Chicago Auto Show 2017.
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Nissan Murano Fails In Latin NCAP’s Test, Scores Just Two Stars In Adult Occupant Protection 16
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Global NCAP, nissan, Nissan Murano, Nissan Videos, video on 12 16th, 2016


The new Nissan Murano failed to achieve a satisfactory rating in Latin NCAP's safety assessment program.
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Nissan Murano Soldiers On For 2017 With Apple CarPlay, Starts At $30,640* 1
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in nissan, Nissan Murano, prices, SUV on 10 1st, 2016


Nissan has announced pricing for the MY2017 Murano SUV, which starts from $30,640.
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Nissan Recalls 120,000 Maximas & Muranos For Fire Risk 11
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in nissan, Nissan Maxima, Nissan Murano, Recalls on 09 11th, 2016


Nissan has found a problem with the ABS actuator pumps on some of its vehicles leaking brake fluid onto an electrical circuit board. As any high school graduate could tell you, liquid meeting electricity is bad news, so the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall for the affected vehicles.
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2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid Confirmed By EPA 30
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hybrids, nissan, Nissan Murano, Reports on 03 30th, 2016


China got first dibs to the Murano Hybrid last year, as it was deemed a key market for Nissan's global business, and now it has been revealed that it'll make it Stateside, too.
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Nissan’s Winter Warrior Concepts Are SUV-Sized Snowmobiles 12
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chicago Auto Show, concepts, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue on 02 12th, 2016


Among the most distinctive cars on display at the Chicago Auto Show are the trio of Winter Warrior Concepts rolled out by Nissan.
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Nissan Pathfinder, Murano And Rogue Get Extreme Snow Transformations 10
Feb
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chicago Auto Show, concepts, new cars, nissan, Nissan Concepts, Nissan Murano, Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Rogue on 02 10th, 2016


Spurred on by the positive reception of the crazy snow-track equipped Nissan Rogue Warrior Concept, the automaker has unveiled two additional 'Winter Warrior' models for the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
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2016 Nissan Murano Available Now, Priced From $29,660 [47 Pics] 24
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, nissan, Nissan Murano, Reports on 12 24th, 2015


Nissan has released pricing for its MY2016 Murano SUV which now starts at $29,660.
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2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Review 31
Oct
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, nissan, Nissan Murano, Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, SUV, Test Drives on 10 31st, 2012

My hat is off to Nissan for introducing the all-new Nissan Murano AWD CrossCabriolet that they introduced in 2011.  It takes imagination and guts to offer such a radial vehicle like none other before in the hot-selling crossover SUV segment.

Chevy did it first with the hardtop convertible pickup truck, the SSR (Super Sport Roadster), back in 2006 but stopped production in 2006 after only 24,150 vehicles were sold.  Not enough to keep the ‘bean-counters’ happy.  I loved the truck with a folding hardtop and real cargo box in the rear for cargo carrying convenience. After a week behind the wheel of the 2012 Murano AWD CrossCabriolet, I have come to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the Chevy SSR driving with the sun in my face and the wind blowing in my hair.

With it’s never seen before design and custom boutique style, the Murano CrossCabriolet is unlike anything on the road-blending all of the things people love in a convertible-excellent visibility all-around and open air enjoyment.  Its extraordinarily engineered fully automatic cloth top folds to about the size of a 2-seat roadster top, providing ample room for four adults and adequate cargo room with the top up or down.  For 2012, the advanced Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system is now available.

The all-new Murano CrossCabriolet is designed to overcome the traditional functional limitations of a convertible-limited trunk space, a cramped back seat or none at all, and a lack of flexibility for everyday life.  It overcomes these obstacles, combining elegant design and state-of-the-art engineering.  One of the priorities in the convertible top design was the retention of the traditional Murano silhouette with the top up, and a luxurious, sophisticated appearance with the top down.  It achieves both!

The transformation of the Murano body from a Crossover to CrossCabriolet and from 4-door to 2-door meant more than just removing the top.  Along with creating new front doors (7.9 in. longer than 4-door Murano front doors) and eliminating the B-pillars, the structure has been reinforced from the A-pillar rearward.  The cloth convertible top also includes a rear glass skylight helping create the feeling of a wide-open interior environment even with the top in the closed position.  Dual pop-up roll bars are also standard.  The coefficient of drag remains close to that of the hardtop Murano, just 0.39 versus 0.37 Cd.

One of the keys to the CrossCabriolet’s design’s success is the convertible top’s exceptionally compact size when stowed which allows both additional interior and cargo volume.  The hydraulically operated top mechanism includes an automatic power latch/unlatch system.  Operation switches are located on the center console and driver’s door handle.  With the top down, the stowed size is similar to that of a conventional 2-seat roadster.  Trunk capacity with the top down is 7.6 cu.ft. enough to fit two sets of golf clubs or two carry-on suitcases.  With the top closed, cargo capacity expands to 12.3 cu.ft.

Along with the unique convertible top appearance, the Murano CrossCabriolet exterior also includes HID/bi-functional xenon projector headlights with auto on/off function, front foglamps with Nissan 370Z inspired LED taillights.  Other features include body-colored front/rear bumpers, chrome door handles, body-colored dual power/heated outside mirrors, and rear window defroster with timer.  Along with convertible style, the CrossCabriolet offers a high ground clearance-7.2 in. of a Murano for easy entry and exit.

The luxurious Murano CrossCabriolet interior starts with a foundation of the top-of-the-line Murano LE and takes it to the next level of standard features and convenience items.  The tall windshield and A-pillar design combines with the body’s high beltline and high rear seat shoulders to help reduce conventional interior air turbulence with the top down, allowing conversation between occupants.  Premium materials are used throughout the interior with the standard diagonally quilted leather-appointed seats available in premium double-stitched leather for added elegance.  The interior’s curving sculpted lines, half-matte chromed trim finish and unique wood-tone trim, tuned to match each of three available interior colors, add an additional rich quality feel.

The Murano CrossCabriolet is powered by the proven 3.5 liter DOHC CVTC V6 engine that pumps out 265 hp at 6,000 rpm and 248 lb.ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm, giving it excellent get-up-an-go acceleration and plenty of cruising power.  It is hooked up to the Intelligent AWD CVT (continuously variable transmission) that pulls great and is very quiet, unlike other CVT trany’s.

As a result of the vehicle’s heavy curb weight of 4,438 lbs. the fully independent suspension is tuned soft with twin-tube struts and a 25mm solid stabilizer bar up front and a multi-link setup in the rear featuring twin-tube gas-charged shocks and a 20mm tubular stabilizer bar for limited lean for this high-riding Crossover SUV.  You guide the new Murano CrossCabriolet using the excellent speed-sensitive power-assisted Rack & Pinion system with excellent feedback from the road surface and great on-center feel.

The vehicle rides on giant 8X20 in. aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with 235/55R20 in. all-season radial tires for excellent grip and a smooth ride.

Slowing the big Murano CrossCabriolet down from speed are large 4-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 12.6 in. vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.1 in. vented discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Standard ABS, EBD and BA along with VSC and Traction Control help you maintain your chosen direction when braking hard on slick or wet pavement.

The vehicle comes fully equipped with a long list of standard features including 8-way power/heated driver’s seat with power lumbar support/4-way manual heated front passenger seat with easy entry function to the rear seats, heated steering wheel, 2-position driver’s seat memory system for seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, passenger seatback easy entry release button on the instrument panel for driver access, driver/front passenger seatback map pockets, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and Nissan Intelligent Key with push button start/stop.

Every 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet is also available with standard Bluetooth Hands-free Phone system, Homelink universal transceiver and rearview monitor, and an optional Nissan Hard Drive Navigation system with XM NavTraffic with Real-Time traffic information, XM NavWeather, Bluetooth Streaming audio, voice recognition and a 7 in. VGA touch screen.  Open-air tunes are provided by a Bose AM-FM-CD audio system with 8-speakers including a subwoofer, automatic audio adjustment for soft-top up/down position, integrated interface system for iPod, speed sensitive volume control and auxiliary audio input jack and XM satellite radio.  You’ll also see dual map lights and lighted dual vanity mirrors, cruise control and rain-sensing wipers.

Standard safety features include driver/front passenger airbags, side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, active head restraints, tire pressure monitor, front/rear crumple zones, vehicle security system, Nissan vehicle immobilizer system, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/loaders and steel beams in each door.

While the all-new Nissan Murano AWD CrossCabriolet looks like a crossover SUV but it is really a cruiser-on the highway, in town, on the boulevard, or on the backroads, with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair. The rear seats do not fold down like a typical SUV but it is comfortable with the latest features to keep any cruising enthusiast happy.

2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Beauty Right Done Small
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2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Dashboard Done Small
2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Cluster Done Small
2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Front Seats Done Small
2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Rear Seats Done Small
2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Door Trim Done Small
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2012 Nissan Murano Convertible Engine Done Small

COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Nissan Murano AWD CrossCabriolet As-Tested $44,540.00
  • Engine: 3.5 liter DOHC V6 265 hp @ 6,000 rpm / 248 lb.ft. torque @ 4,400 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 111.2 in.
  • Total length: 190.1 in.
  • Total width: 74.5 in.
  • Total height: 66.2 n.
  • Track: f/r-63.4/63.4 in.
  • Ground clearance: 7.2 in.
  • Headroom: f/r-40.2/38.7 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-42.5/32.7 in.
  • Fuel tank: 21.7 gallons
  • Turning circle: 39.4 ft.
  • Passenger volume: 106.2 cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume: 12.3 cu.ft.
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg/city, 22mpg/highway

 







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