Crossovers seem to age in dog years. When the Murano came out in 2003, it was one of the better driving utility vehicles on the road. Now, despite a recent redesign it doesn't come close to matching the driving refinement of other mid-size crossovers. As Jen and Eric noted, its biggest liability is the way it shimmies and shutters through bumpy turns. We're not saying the Nissan drives like a 1990s Chevy Blazer, but most of its newest competitors, including the Toyota Venza, basically drive like mid-size sedans.
The Murano's chiseled styling has aged much more gracefully, and, to my eyes, still looks fresh even though it has received only minimal changes over the past seven years. Interior quality was the Achilles heel of Nissan's product renaissance a decade ago, but the Murano's 2009 update has addressed this weakness nicely. As Joe DeMatio noted, the Nissan/Infiniti radio and nav interface remains the best in the business.
David Zenlea, Assistant Editor