<p>Today I looked at the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano. Preferred the way the Murano drove and handled. The lease deal was a bit better too, and it's now near the top of my list. I know it's probably smarter to buy in the long run, but at this point it's more important for us to keep the payments low.</p>
<p>I liked the Murano, but am unsure about all the gadgets. The center console has a screen that has dozens (hundreds??) of settings to be customized, bluetooth (I never use a cell while driving - would I ever use Bluetooth? Not sure). Being technologically impaired, what the salesman considered selling points were almost turnoffs for me. For one thing, I doubt I'd use most of them, and another - I think the more extras, the more opportunity for malfunction and repair. Are there any Murano owners out there who could pass on their opinions re: these extras, and reliability in general? </p>
<p>The thing that I found the strangest was the "intelligent key." Once you're in the car, you put your foot on break and start the car with a button on the upper dash. Both the key fob and the receptor button on the car send signals, so you don't even need to use your key to unlock the car - as long as you're close enough. I asked how much a replacement key cost if you lost one, and the salesman said $350. Yikes!</p>
<p>That said, I suppose most people like the "intelligent key" feature or they wouldn't have offered it in recent years. Would love to hear others' opinions. Do any other auto makers use them?