ABS, side and head protection air bags standard. ESC available, standard from 2009.
The outgoing Murano is one of the better and sportier car-based SUVs we've tested. Its powerful 3.5-liter V6, backed by a continuously variable transmission, delivers strong performance and respectable fuel economy. Handling is responsive and secure with the optional stability control. The adjustable pedals help shorter drivers feel more comfortable behind the wheel. Roomy, comfortable rear seats and easy access are pluses. The interior is stylish and functional. But a stiff ride, limited rear visibility, and the need for premium fuel are notable drawbacks.