We look at the Murano when we were shopping for a new car 6 months ago. We did some research and found that the Murano had alot of problems with its CVT and transfer case. Alot of owners had their transmission and transfer case replace somewhere between 20000 to 60000 miles. Beside Murano's problem CVT and transfer case, there were also a host of little problems that were reported by owners in the Murano forums.
Armed with these information, we went to test drive the Murano. I must say that the Nissan dealer we went to was one of the worst experience I ever had, maybe it was just that dealer, I dont know. Anyhow, we test drove the car. I could not get pass that ugly dash board, looks like something out of the Jetsons and that big blind spot in the back. That smiling grill had to go also. Other than that, the car drove really well, accelarated and handled better than the RAV4, I4. Although I dont know if I can get use to that CVT reving so high all the time. The Murano had more room inside, but not much more, but the exterior of the Murano was much bigger or wider I should say. The RAV drives like a small SUV while the Murano drove like a midsize. Fit and material were better in the RAV and overall quality has to to Toyota.