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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

The convertible that broke the mold.

The Murano CrossCabriolet is easily the most unusual vehicle to hit Nissan dealerships in years. The design is polarizing — some love it, others hate it — but there’s no denying the uniqueness of a convertible crossover. Essentially a Murano with a folding soft top, the CrossCabriolet makes an awkward style statement that results in a compromised package with four seats, two doors, and sports-car-like trunk space. Nissan dresses up the CrossCabriolet with twenty-inch wheels, chrome accents, and a choice of six colors with aspirational names like merlot and Caribbean. Drivers and passengers are treated to an attractive cabin that blends leather upholstery with aluminum and wood trim, and those in the rear seat will find plenty of legroom and top-up headroom. The fabric top does a decent job of insulating the cockpit from road and wind noise when it is in place, but the structural rigidity that is lost due to the lack of a metal roof is evident in the way the body shudders over bumps or when slamming one of the huge doors. Because the CrossCabriolet is based on a crossover, all-wheel drive is standard. Ultimately, though, we think that capability will be of less concern to buyers than its comfort and four-passenger capacity. The biggest question is how many buyers will be attracted by this vehicle’s unusual styling.

COMPETITORS

Jeep Wrangler

Lexus IS C

Range Rover Evoque

Volvo C70

new for 2013

Nissan has not yet announced any updates for the 2013 Murano CrossCabriolet.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT

Front, side, and side curtain air bags are standard, as are stability and traction control, ABS with brake assist, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. The rear seats have pop-up roll bars.

MPG

CITY 17

HWY 22

PRO

A one-of-a-kind vehicle

Plush interior

Seats four in comfort

CON

Minimal cargo space

Poor top-up visibility

Odd styling

Base Price: $46,000 (est.)

SPECIFICATIONS

DRIVE: 4-wheel

TRIM LEVEL: Murano CrossCabriolet

BODY STYLE: Convertible/crossover, 2+2-passenger

ENGINE: 3.5L V-6, 265 hp, 248 lb-ft

TRANSMISSION: Continuously variable

PASSENGER VOLUME: 106.2 cu ft

CAPACITIES: Cargo (top up/down) 12.3/7.6 cu ft

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