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In their latest issue (March/April 2004) of "Home & Away", AAA picked the Nissan Murano as their 2004 Top Pick for 'Under $30,000 SUV', stating: "The Murano is more car than truck. It signals a move to car-like SUVs that put comfort and handling ahead of off-road ruggedness." They also like the CVT commenting that it allowed for better engine efficiency and gas mileage.

MO does it AGAIN! :2:

Who got, "Over $30,000 SUV"? The Lexus GX470.
 

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That's pretty good news! I wish I woulda got mine under $30K though :)
 

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AAA's selection criteria are probably based on the price of the vehicle, and fuel economy. Seeing how it is pretty much impossible to get the EPA's numbers of 20/24 in normal driving, it is interesting that the Murano would win on that merit!

What I find even harder to believe is that in EPA tests, the actual numbers they achieve are reduced by 10% city and 22% highway to reflect "real world conditions." Now I don't know about you, but I find it absolutely ridiculous to think the Murano could have gotten 22/30 in the EPA test cycle.
 

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Eric L. said:
Now I don't know about you, but I find it absolutely ridiculous to think the Murano could have gotten 22/30 in the EPA test cycle.
I've driven my car both ways. The way I normally drive and the way they tell you you should drive. When I drove it my normal method in the city (quick acceleration off the lines and 5-10 MPH over the posted speed limits) I ended up with a MPG of about 15-16. Now, when I drove it very carefully, my city MPG was around 21. And I live in Central MA which is very hilly. So I can actually believe the 22 if driven properly (which a majority of us don't do).

I can't drive less than 70 MPH on the highway, so I didn't even test that one. :)
 

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I've driven my car both ways. The way I normally drive and the way they tell you you should drive. When I drove it my normal method in the city (quick acceleration off the lines and 5-10 MPH over the posted speed limits) I ended up with a MPG of about 15-16. Now, when I drove it very carefully, my city MPG was around 21. And I live in Central MA which is very hilly. So I can actually believe the 22 if driven properly (which a majority of us don't do).

I can't drive less than 70 MPH on the highway, so I didn't even test that one. :)
I notice that the EPA test cycle has a max speed in the city cycle of 52mph. Now in the city I live in, there is no where you can go 52, so I guess the stop and go traffic and low speeds (my trip computer shows an average speed of 18mph or so if I drive all city) kills my city mileage.

Fed up with 15mpg while driving like a granny, I decided to drive normally a couple weeks ago and got my prize - a speeding ticket for 48 in a 35. Grrr...:3:
 

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Eric L. said:


I notice that the EPA test cycle has a max speed in the city cycle of 52mph.
I would like to know what city this is. The highest mph I see allowed here is 40, and that's on two lane divided roads that run through the city in certain places.
 
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