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They eliminated the flashcard slot on the 11-and 12 model..
Also HID light is no longer adjustable via the switch..
The cluster lighning is white instead of orange..
Less HP to improve fuel economy.
A little bit change with the screen and dash display
Redesidned tail lights and somewhat... LOL
Otherwise not much different body design...
it doesn't hurt using premium, but since nissan tuned for regular unleaded .i would go with that unless you don't mind payng extra bucks for the premium...
I own a 2009 Murano SL and I am about to trade it in for a 2012 LE model which I am picking up in a few days.
It's pretty much a done deal, only final papers to sign on pick up.
After some digging, I found some differences between the 2 models and wondered if anyone here have an opinion on these differences.
1. To my knowledge, the 2009 and the 2012 have the same V6 engine. However, the 2012 has 5 less horsepower (260 vs 265) and 8lb less of torque (240 vs 248). In real life, is that something I will notice ? like "hey this MO does not take off / accelerate as good as my old MO" kind of thing ? Or is the diff so small that I won't notice anything ?
2. The 2012 is 1.5 inches longer, but has less of internal cargo space, 4 cubic feet less I think I read on the specs sheets.
3. The 2012 has a larger turning radius.
4. The 2012 has less headroom, by about 1.5 inches.
5. The 2012 weights 250lbs more than the 09.
So, according to the specs, the 2012 is less powerful, has less interior space, less headroom, needs more space to turn and is heavier to move around.
On the plus side, I'm going from an 2009 SL trim to a 2012 LE trim and an improved CVT system.
The question is, will I notice all of these "less" differences ?
One thing that is not really important, but I much prefer the style of the 2009 vs the 2012. I find the front grill of the 09 more aggressive and "meaner" than the smaller 2012 grill. And I find the back of the 09 also more attractive than the 2012.
But, I'm looking forward to the leather seats, the power liftgate, the dual moonroofs and the memory seat position.
Oh Also, I read that the 2009 recommended Premium unleaded fuel , but the 2012 says " regular unleaded" .. should I continue to use Premium for maximum performance ? since I have 5 less horses LOL !
I'd be interested to know where you got your specs. Because as I stated and HVT confirmed, there is no size difference, whatsoever, in the 2 model years. There are a few cosmetic changes, and that is it.
2012 MO LE Specs here:
2012 Nissan Murano LE 4dr SUV 3.5L V6 CVT Automatic Features and Specs
2009 MO SL Specs here:
2009 Nissan Murano SL 4dr SUV 3.5L V6 CVT Automatic Features and Specs
If you put up both sites side by side (easy to do in Windows 7) you can compare each spec to the other. However the 2012 specs are not as detailed as the 2009.. several measurements are missing from the 2012 page. But both models are very very close..with some differences according to that web site. Does not mean they are accurate..but that's where I got the differences.
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