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To O.P.: The Murano was my top choice to replace my 92 Max. SE (135k miles) daily driver. Yes, I had thorughly test driven both a Murano SE and SL 2WD (my choice) before buying my RAV.
The Murano is ~ 300lbs heavier powered by a 245hp VQ V6.
The Murano felt less agile than the RAV.
The CVT just doesn't provide crisp accelerations compared to the RAV's 5AT. RAV can be downshifted from 5->4 for quick highway passing.
The Murano Sport has a more stiffer ride than RAV Sport.
The sweet VQ V6 is thirsty and premium is recommended. RAV V6 runs great on regular.
According to FreshAlloy forum members, the Murano has its share of quality issues: the most disturbing one being the CVT failures.
The Murano has larger passenger and cargo volume but no available 3rd row seating (well, RAV's 3rd row suitable for kids only).
The Murano has HID option, nicer OEM antenna, and a better sculpted exterior.
After much comparison, a Murano equipped to my specifications cost about $30k. The RAV won hands down. This coming from a Nissan fanatic with a 72 240Z, 92 Max SE, and 03 G35.
Do your own research/test drives then decide.