When the Nissan Murano debuted, it entered the growing midsize crossover segment that included the Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX and Honda Pilot. Like the Murano, the Highlander, MDX and Pilot all combined SUV-like roominess and moderate towing capacity with a sedan-like ride and more responsive handling.
Debut Model Year
The Nissan Murano hit the market in the 2003 model year, featuring a modern body design, a continuously variable transmission, a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produced 245 horsepower and 246 foot-pounds of torque, and a 3,500-pound towing capacity. In 2011, the Murano CrossCabriolet -- a convertible variant -- hit the market, giving buyers something new in the crossover SUV segment.