I have no idea why Edmunds dislikes the CVT. Maybe Nissan fixed its short- comings since the early days. I find it untra-smooth and responsive at any speed. Neither do I understand their so-so review of Murano's Bose stereo. I'm a bit of an audiophile and can't imagine anything sounding any better. First 4 tanks I'm getting 20+ mpg mostly around town. It is amazingly quiet. I can't figure out why it's not at the top of everyone's list.
There's nothing missing if you opt for the Touring Pkg. I paid a little under $32k, and it's got every feature that's on my wife's 07 RX350 except a power lift-gate. Love the CVT + Bose sound system + the no-key feature + the smooth as "butta" feel + the 20mpg
the ride can be a little harsh over rough patches in the road although it's otherwise surprisingly smooth. . . I suspect those beautiful big wheels that make the Murano look like a sports car may have something to do with it