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A roof-mounted DVD entertainment system is optional on the SL with the Technology package
The navigation system is easy to use, and most audio and climate functions are separate.
Without the navigation package, the interface for the audio system is complicated and difficult to adjust unless it has the driver's full attention.
One more power plug for rear passengers' accessories would've been nice.
Some cool features are available, like a 9.3GB Music Box hard drive, Bluetooth, 11-speaker Bose system, power-up (manual flip-down) rear seat, rearview monitor, iPod interface, and nav with XM NavTraffic.
The 2012 Nissan Murano comes with a good set of features, even if you go with the base S or value-packed SV models.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that a loaded Murano LE can hit $45k, which is well into Infiniti territory and more expensive than the EX35 crossover.
But it is tempting. At the top of the lineup, the Murano LE gets flashy 20-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats, xenon headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, a power liftgate, keyless start, wood trim, and a garage door opener. Nine-speaker Bose audio, XM Satellite Radio, and dual subwoofers, are all also included, plus a Bluetooth hands-free interface, which is optional on a Technology Package in other models. Other top options include a a rear DVD entertainment system, and a navigation system, including Music Box hard-drive storage.
Below that, there's the mid-level SL trim, while the luxurious LE trim still still tops off the range. SL models still add a reclining rear seatback with power return, plus leather trim and steering-wheel audio controls, as well as fog lamps; and a heated steering wheel and Bose audio are available.
The 2012 Nissan Murano SV model has a dual-panel moonroof, seven-inch color monitor and backup camera, power driver's seat, automatic headlamps, Bluetooth, and USB and iPod connectivity, along with satellite radio.
But even the affordable Murano S comes with a cloth interior and 18-inch alloy wheels but is well equipped, with cruise control, the Intelligent Key entry and starting system, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, and a six-speaker sound system with six-disc changer and auxiliary input.Most of the Murano models are available with front- or all-wheel drive, while the top-of-the-line LE is AWD-only.
The 2012 Nissan Murano is charming even when you keep it simple, while loaded Murano LE models are priced in Infiniti territory.