Hi there, American cousins! We bought a new European edition Murano in late December 2005. It has now done 1500 miles including through snow and ice and its been off-road in the Highlands of Scotland. We live in Glasgow and the Mighty Mo is perfect for long distance motorway drives down to England and for negotiating twisty little one track roads in the Scottish Highlands. It manages fine round Glasgow where the streets are wide. It is more cumbersome in some of narrow streets of England, but never a problem. The sales are capped at 1000 a year here. As a result the Mighty Mo gets puzzled looks from the BMW, Volvo, VW 4WD set. The Landrover set never notice anything so I don’t count them! I have looked at the Canadian and US variants and the European model appears to be similar to the top end AWD versions. It has only one variant, but it comes with Bose 6CD, sat nav, xenons, leather, climate control, sunroof etc. We already love it to death! The CVT is superb. Some evidence of the bean counter touch however: no fogs, just holes-described by the Nissan dealer as air intakes! Crazy, we have more fog here than you would believe. I notice from the forum that there are occasional doubts about Mighty Mos going off-road. Well apart from the rather low ground clearance it does OK. In fact a UK car mag recently took one on a 8 mile off road test track for two hours where it astonished everyone by its good behaviour. There were great pics of this but I haven’t yet found good copies that I can post. We looked at VW Touareg, Volvo XC90 , BMW X5 and Lexus 300 before settling to our surprise on the Murano. Happy motoring guys! Hope we can share notes from time to time.