My wife got the SL in '09 and it's now passed 80.000 miles. I've read all the bad reviews here and all I can say is: we're either lucky with our Murano or those other cars haven't seen a lot of maintenance. Of course, it's gone through 2 batteries but that is due to the fact that my better half never turns off any of the electrical consumers and her regular commute is generally short. ...And like other MO users, we've experienced that strange phenomenon when you have to call the Ghostbusters to scare the electrical gremlins that keep you from starting the car.
Other than that, it has been a trusty companion. Powertrain runs strongs, the plastic interior holds good, all it needs is oils&fil
AWD - performs beautifully even with standard all season tires
Nav & Bose Audio system is pretty awesome
Handling and dynamics - even after 80.000 ride is very comfy, it still has good road manners, and it absorbs road surface irregularities without making scary sounds :)
Powertrain is nice. Power when you need it, perfect for cruising, it's not at home in rush hour city traffic, because the cvt can be sluggish sometimes, and the fuel mileage is below Nissan's optimistic promise. Around 20-21 mpg hwy... but that engine sounds sweet