We purchased an AWD LE with all the opt'ns. We are a family of 4; 2 girls 5'8", 1 girl at 5' & 1 male at 6'2".
We have a Sequoia 3 row in addition to the Murano. The Murano is so easy to maneuver at malls & parallel parking. The auto lift gate is very easy to access, especially when hands are full. Highway driving is very NICE even w 20" wheels.
It has a very smooth ride, don't feel the highway but it's also not too "soft" of a ride.
My mom has the '04 & there are so many impvts in both quality of ride & fit & finish of interior components.
The space is great 99% of the time. No prob for people space on trips but I'm getting cargo box for luggage with all 4 of us (my girls do pack a lot)
Seats & Access to car: seats "butt high" make easy in/out.
Great leg support when driving.
Driving; VERY comfortable ride even with lower profile tires.
Rides better than my Lexus 300 or Toyota Sequoia.
DVD players in head rests for kids.
Can watch same movie or different &/or can listen to music (so I don't have to).
Bluetooth; can access music on ipod or cell phone w/great clarity.
Navi; Easy to see; HOWEVER, system is not up to date.
NAVIGATION: Get the system updated. there are locations that were built in '08 that still don't show on my '11.
Note that there are some but get a more recent download of the map!
Center Console; Liked the pocket next to the shifter on the driver's side better in '07 models, now it's on the passenger's side.