We compared Pilots, Highlanders, Outlanders, Edge, Mazda, etc; the Murano offered the most bang for your buck. Stylish exterior, not boxy looking. The interior is roomy and very comfortable. The optioned out SL AWD with the leather interior is luxurious and a class above the previously mentioned SUV's. The engine is smooth, quiet and offers plenty of power. Comfortable on long trips and minimal road noise on the highway. Plenty of storage and cargo room. It's a pleasure to drive and more car like than other SUV's. After 1500 miles, we have no complaints or problems. Also, for the engine size, vehicle weight and AWD the mileage is decent, 20.7 combined highway and city driving on regular.
The CVT transmission after you get used to it...smooth The intelli-key feature Comfortable, quiet ride quality seems good, well built
The Nav system joystick controller seems a bit flimsy. No inside tailgate/hatch release. Maybe a little better gas mileage