After many weeks of research & test drives, I purchased a 2010 Murano SL with leather, moonroof, bluetooth, ipod, upgraded Bose stereo, Homelink, backup camera.
I researched and drove:
Honda CRV, Subaru Outback; Subaru Forester; Volvo XC60; Volvo XC90; VW Tiguan, Kia Sorento and (but didn't drive) Audi Q5, Rav4, so a very broad spectrum.
The is by far the best value:
more luxurious than Subaru, Honda, Rav4 and Kia; more for the money than Volvo and Audi; more space than a Tiguan; same or more power than most; same or better mpg than most.
Nissan reliability (vs. Audi, Kia & VW).
I love this vehicle and highly recommend it!
Plush heated leather seats; Best in class space for 5 passenger SUV; Great performing engine (Nissan CVT); great blue color; reasonable (though not great) mpg; awesome bluetooth; Bose stereo; design that rivals Lexus and Audi; dual moonroof
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