Auto Shopping - Phase 1 Part 2

(Note: the Murano was test driven at least a month ago now, but this post hasn't been finished due to a lack of satisfactory conclusion. So I shall just try to fill it out a bit and post it...)

Nissan Murano

One of the Consumer Reports favorites, the top-of-the-line model is feature-rich but is lacking something in the personality department. It just doesn't feel quite right, something's lacking. It doesn't speak to me as "this is your vehicle". Perhaps it's the CVT, which removes the shifting sensation. Perhaps it's the lackluster acceleration (possibly CVT-related). The dash button layout choices were also strange. There were huge central paddles for adjusting the brightness of the dash display, and yet the environmental controls were cramped and hidden down low under an overhang.

Conclusion: meh.