Jack of all trades
By DH on
2009 Nissan Murano SL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl CVT)
Read over hundred editor/customer reviews on the Murano. Read and drove all the usual suspect comparisons. It came down to the CX9 (very good suv) but for our needs it was too big. We liked the Murano's size and we didn't require a huge amount of storage space. We use this as an everyday commuter vehicle and staying within the speed limits get about 23miles per gallon highway. The Murano does everything well but not great. Its certainly not a luxury suv, sporty or hockey mom suv but it does all those things adequately. While some decry CVT we found it to be one of the Muranos stronger points. We hope Nissan does not add a 3rd seat as there is stil a market place for a true mid-size suv.
Touch screen is very good. Once programmed the navi system and directions are very straightforward, helpful and informational. Remote power hatch.
Many features get muted on the navi once the suv is moving - some work via voice command but you find yourself repeating commands. Rain sensors can be insensitive but most are. More driver/passenger seat positions. Recommended not required premium gas - make regular gas only. Running daylights.