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Nissan Murano 2.5 Review: Extra Time

The base Nissan Murano costs noticeably more than most of its close crossover SUV rivals. We find out if it is worth the extra over the slightly smaller Mazda CX-7.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
30 Jun 2010
What we like:
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Mazda: Agile dynamics
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smooth five-speed auto
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reasonable price tagNissan: Well-equipped
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spacious interior
What we dislike:
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Mazda: Not as well equipped
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engine lacks poke and refinementNissan: More than $20k more expensive than its rival here
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ponderous handling
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American inspired looks

The base CX-7 2.5 is highly equipped enough for a mid-sized SUV. Standard kit includes 17-inch alloys, cruise control, factory fitted stereo with controls on the steering wheel and MP3 playability, DSC, trip computer, leather, six airbags and more.

But the Murano 2.5's even longer list of standard kit somehow makes the CX-7 look Spartan in comparison. This includes niceties like keyless operation, a 9-speaker Bose stereo system, 18-inch alloy wheels, powered reach and rake adjustable steering column, powered tailgate, auto Xenon headlamps and factory fitted reverse camera.

With a price tag that is more than 20 grand higher than the Mazda here as well as most of its other crossover SUV competitors, the Murano isn't exactly an affordable choice but you do get a lot of car and equipment for the money. The added sophistication and luxury feel are more than enough for it to be a step ahead of its competitors like the CX-7 here but if budget and a more rewarding drive are major considerations then the Mazda is a more than good enough alternative.

Credits: Story by William Whey Photos by Raymond Lai

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