First Glance at the Nissan MuranoThe Nissan Murano looks like a cross-training athletic shoe I mean that as a compliment. It has a short, blunt nose with the Nissan look, and a belt line that rises abruptly as it heads toward the tail of the car, pointing up above 45 degrees. The tail is rounded and bulbous. Its a design that lends visual interest from every angle, minimizing size from some views and maximizing aggressive posture from others. Great big fender wells and wide 18 wheels give a go-anywhere feel. This is definitely one of those love-it-or-hate-it futuristic exteriors. I love it.
From a practical standpoint, the door openings are big enough to make getting in and out easy. The rear hatch opens easily and swings high, leaving a good-sized opening for cargo. Theres plenty of space behind the back seat, though the forward-sloping back glass cuts off headroom, so tall boxes are a tricky fit without folding down the seats. An independently opening back glass would be a welcome utilitarian change its less than ideal to load everything in the back and have to guess whether or not the gate will close when you bring it down.
Fit and finish on the Murano are excellent. Deep rich paint, nice chrome accents, and all the pieces fit together beautifully.