It may seem like an odd car with a weird concept and appearance, but the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is sure to please shoppers that want an elevated-height ride with an enormous amount of legroom and trunk-storage space in a convertible.
With the comfortable ride of the Nissan Murano coupled with a missing roof, it may surprise some shoppers that Nissan had such an idea of turning its popular midsize crossover SUV into a convertible. While the regular Murano was never considered to be conventional, the CrossCabriolet is absolutely anything but conventional. That's the draw for some shoppers, and it makes an excellent choice for people that enjoy riding in a convertible, but also desire lots of storage room, along with substantial legroom.
It comes with standard all-wheel drive, and every option from the list of Murano features is identical on this CrossCabriolet. With the 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet’s enormous trunk area, spacious cabin and interior, and SUV-like design in a convertible that is quite practical, Nissan made a winner.
Body styles: convertible variant SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: continuously variable transmission
Models: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Base
Nissan created the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet as a brand new, original convertible variant of its popular SUV.
The exterior of the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet has two doors and is an original convertible variant designed from the Murano crossover SUV. The exterior colors that are available are Caribbean Pearl, Merlot Metallic, Glacier Pearl, Sunset Bronze Pearl, Super Black, and Platinum Graphite Metallic. The only trim level available is fully loaded and comes with automatic xenon headlights, heated mirrors, foglights, and 20-inch alloy wheels. The soft top is fully powered, and there are also keyless entry and keyless ignition features that are included. The only exterior options that is available for this model is roof for extra charge.
Traditionally, convertibles do not tend to be spacious, but the Murano CrossCabriolet is the exception. The roomy cabin area duplicates the dash design of the original Murano and offers the navigation system that provides updates of real-time traffic. Other interior features that are included are audio and Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, rearview camera, driver seat memory, digital music storage of approximately 9.3 GB, satellite radio, iPod interface, Bose seven-speaker sound system, auxiliary audio jack, and CD player.
The steering wheel of the Murano CrossCab is heated with the tilt-and-telescoping function that is power-operated. The seating is very comfortable, and the CrossCabriolet also comes with heated front seats with a power lumbar adjustment in the driver seat. The leather upholstery comes standard, and there is one option for choosing among interior leather colors. There is black leather and two premium leather choices of camel or cashmere.
Performance & Handling
The 3.5-liter V-6 powers the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet as it produces 265 horsepower with 248 lb-ft of torque. The continuously variable transmission and all-wheel drive come standard. The CVT of the CrossCabriolet is great for reducing the typical revving drone that some CVT-equipped cars have and the powerful V-6 provides a good acceleration. During testing, the CrossCab took about 8.2 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph, which is just a slight 0.3 seconds longer than the Murano.
Handling is also very similar to the regular Murano with weighted steering and commendable control. The bigger potholes and bumps can send vibrations to the steering wheel and the windshield header wiggles just a bit. Just like any other convertible, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet has a less stable structure when the top is removed. Overall though, the CrossCabriolet has a reasonably smooth ride with good handling around corners or on the highway.
The CrossCabriolet has many safety features that come standard like traction control, stability control, side airbags in the front seat, door-mounted curtain side airbags, and anti-lock brakes with emergency braking assist. In braking tests, it was recorded that the Murano CrossCabriolet required about 124 feet to completely stop from a speed of 60 mph.
Also installed for safety on all models are child seat anchors to keep children safe and an anti-theft system to prevent the car from burglary. The passenger head restraint and driver head restraint are designed for protection during an accident with the whiplash protection system.
The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet was not tested by the government’s new safety procedures since it was redesigned to be more stringent and accurate.
EPA Fuel Economy
Murano CrossCabriolet: 17/22 mpg city/highway
- Commanding driving position
- Large trunk space for a convertible
- Spacious backseat
You Won't Like
- Noticeable cowl shake
- Only one trim level available in all-wheel drive
Practicality in a convertible.
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