CVTs tend not to allow much driving fun, but there's really nothing to complain about here. Overall, the Murano is one of the best CVTs our editors have driven, with smooth, unobtrusive operation and less of the rubber-band feel that you get with smaller engines and CVTs. The Murano's powertrain is responsive and leans toward doing the right thing, complementing the responsive handling and firm but absorbent ride.
The 2011 Nissan Murano isn't a performance machine, nor is it completely comfort-oriented. But thanks to its city-slick style and a gutsy yet very refined powertrain, the Murano manages to pull off that compromise in a way that will please almost everyone.
The Murano can tow about the same as most minivans—3,500 pounds, when properly equipped.