The newly redesigned 2009 Nissan Murano is a second-generation crossover vehicle. If you've read my previous reviews, then you know that I am a very picky heifer (my Southern roots are showing here)! Comfort is right up there with handling and power. Since I don't particularly like driving long distances, I was a wee bit skeptical and envisioned myself taking lots of rest stops along the way to keep my body from stiffening up. Did I detour once except for Boston?—NOT! I could not believe how comfortable we all were in this roomy cabin. Here's a noteworthy luxe feature: The rear seats recline–we likes! I also appreciated the tilt/telescopic steering wheel; Nissan, my legs thank you! The handling on the Murano was effortless, which is a plus when you're on the road for the long haul. The vehicle now delivers 265 horsepower, plenty of power for off-the-start acceleration and passing. When we arrived in New Hampshire, there was snow everywhere, and gosh darn it, there seemed to be no end in sight! Thank goodness our vehicle (the LE model) was equipped with an optional all-wheel-drive system (AWD), so intuitive that never once did we rue the day we decided to make the trip. AWD, coupled with Vehicle Dynamic Control, helped us stay on course, and boy, did we need the extra assist! The kids never even noticed the rough roads ahead, they were too busy enjoying the DVD entertainment system. We, on the other hand, were loving our back-in-the-day tunes on the 9.3GB hard drive Music Box, which holds up to 2,900 songs that can be downloaded from your CDs. The sounds that were coming from the 11-speaker Bose system were sweet. Along the way, we certainly received quite a few nods of approval; the car's styling is a bit more chisled and aggressive-looking than the previous model.
The weekend jaunt was a blast. We accomplished a couple firsts: took a helicopter ride over Boston (a soothing adventure) and snow mobiled. We logged quite a bit of miles on the Murano and she was a trooper throughout our entire trip. BTW, I am STILL in search of that perfect bowl of New England clam chowder!!!! Someone out there has to be able to beat Campbell's Chunky Soups!!!
Prices start at $26,330;
BTW, I came across a cool, safety must-have for any vehicle, SafetyStick. It's a 4 in 1 waterproof, car emergency tool– 9 flashing side LED's, a flashlight, glass breaker, seatbelt cutter and magnetic base that attaches to any metal base; $14.95, .
Let me hear back from you regarding your most fun road trip ever!