2010 Nissan Murano SL AWD

Like the Juke crossover that's due late next year, the Murano's raison d'etre lies with styling. The strong, swooping lines, the angular headlamps, and the raked quarter windows turn heads. Love it or hate it, it gets your attention - which says something, considering how crowded the midsize crossover segment is these days.

As my colleagues have already mentioned, the Murano's strong suit lies with its powertrain. Nissan's 3.5-liter V-6 provides adequate power and the CVT is tuned well, and I do appreciate the ability to lock the all-wheel-drive system. Strangely, though, it seems you have to bring the vehicle to a complete stop in order to do so.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

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