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 |  Dec 28 2011, 11:30 AM

If you’ve got a full house, it means that you have a full car. And it probably means that you’ve spent a lot of frustrating time trying to fit three child-safety seats in the back seat of your car. It’s much easier with a minivan, but when you’ve got a car, it can drive you to distraction.

If you’re dead-set against getting a minivan, there are some cars out there that fit three child-safety seats in the back. In order to safely fit three of these seats in the backseat, there must be enough room between the booster seat and safety seat for a child’s hand to reach the seat belt buckle.

Here is a check list of cars that aren’t minivans that can fit three child seats in the back, following the safety specifications listed above:

2012 Honda Pilot
2012 Mercedes-Benz M-Class
2011 Chrysler 300 and 300C
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2011 Land Rover LR4
2011 Nissan Murano

[Source: Kicking Tires]

 |  Oct 14 2010, 2:43 PM

As this blog is posted, the 2011 Nissan Murano is on its way to dealers Stateside. Visually it looks similar to the 2010, though keen spotters will notice a new grille, slightly different fascia design and revised taillights.

However the biggest changes are inside: Nissan has improved the optional navigation system and has been jostling with equipment and trim levels, plus prices on all models are up slightly. Four different trim levels are offered on the 2011 Murano – S, SV, SL and LE; in a choice of front and all-wheel drive configurations.

The $28,500 S now gets newly designed 18-inch wheels as standard, but costs $140 more than it’s 2010 counterpart. The  SV, which starts at $31,910, is new this year and bumps up the SL, which now comes standard with leather seats, the premium package, technology package and moonroof (previously they were officially listed as options), resulting in a fairly princely $35,450 in front-drive form; $37,050 as an AWD rig. The up-level LE stickers for $37,540 in front-drive trim (an increase of some $440) while the AWD version rounds out at $39,140. Do bear in mind these are MSRP figures and do not include any incentives, freight or admin fees or sales taxes, which vary from state to state.

As before, all Muranos are powered by Nissan’s VQ35DE V-6 engine, rated at 260 horsepower and coupled exclusively with a CTV transmission, which provides decent if not lively performance.

Official release after the jump:

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 |  Aug 23 2010, 2:57 PM

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Nissan‘s long-rumored Murano convertible is all but officially confirmed after the company presented it to dealers at their annual meeting in Las Vegas in August.

The Murano convertible will be offered as a two-door with a soft-top, reminiscent of other spectacular failures like the Toyota RAV4 convertible, Isuzu Amigo and Suzuki X90, all of which were offered as 2-door SUVs and were recieved like the plague in North America.

“It’s not going to be a volume car,” said Brian Carolin,Nissan North America Inc.’s senior vice president for sales and marketing. ”But there’s a degree of bravery for us to bring out a car like that right now. It will surprise a lot of people.”

The Murano is far from a bad vehicle as it is, but the idea of a convertible will undoubtedly polarize buyers into warring camps. On the other hand, Nissan’s Juke crossover is a visually unappealing vehicle that still performs admirably, and the Murano convertible could be a car-based alternative to vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, which has an equal number of buyers interested in its beach-cruising capabilities rather than its off-roading.

[Source: Automotive News]