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.