2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Review

A jack of all trades sure not to be lost in a parking lot

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Overview
Introduced for the 2011 model year, the Murano CrossCabriolet threw out the crossover rule book and charted its own unique direction as a high-riding premium convertible. Combining all-wheel drive with a cockpit loaded with luxury amenities, the CrossCabriolet opens up the segment to possibilities, allowing customers to experience open-top motoring without having to sacrifice all-weather sure-footedness.

With the CrossCabriolet, Nissan used the same basic architecture as the five-door Murano but extended the two front doors for structural rigidity and a coupe-like profile. Where there was once a cargo area, Nissan put in a 12.3 cubic-foot trunk (7.6 cubic feet with the top down) and a place to store the convertible soft top under a hard cover.

Equipped with almost every available feature the hardtop Murano has as standard equipment, the CrossCabriolet is otherwise standard-fare Murano under the surface. The CrossCabriolet comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 that puts out 265 horsepower. Power is routed to all four wheels via a continuously variable automatic transmission. So while it's a chic and unique open-top vehicle, customers can rest assured that it's almost as easy to maintain as any other Murano.

The Range

Bodystyle: Convertible crossover
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmission: Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission
Models: CrossCabriolet

What's New

Carrying most of the options from the Murano LE, the highest model level on the hardtop models, the Murano CrossCabriolet features leather, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, and heated seats. Where the seven-inch touch-screen hard drive-based navigation system was standard for 2011, it is now a standalone option for 2012--the only option outside of dealer-installed accessories and color choices.

Exterior

The Murano has always had distinctive styling, looking like nothing else in its class. By chopping off the top, raking the windshield, and extending the doors farther back, the CrossCabriolet's proportions have extended into something of an elegant boulevardier. Where the Murano five-door comes with halogen headlights, the CrossCabriolet comes equipped only with high-intensity xenon headlights.

Interior

The CrossCabriolet features every option the Murano LE has as part of its base price, excluding the optional navigation system. That means it has a standard Bose audio system, leather seating, Nissan's intelligent key system, and a rearview monitor. The navigation system is operated by a touch screen, but it can also be used with voice commands. It comes ready for XM satellite radio and XM's traffic and weather services. Unfortunately, in converting the Murano to a two-door, the CrossCabriolet loses a seat, becoming a dedicated four-seater.

Performance & Handling

The Murano CrossCabriolet shares its 3.5-liter V-6 engine with the rest of the Murano lineup, delivering 265 horsepower. Transmission duty falls to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Murano utilizes a front strut/rear multi-link suspension and comes standard with all-wheel drive. The ride is optimized for smooth cruising.

Safety

The CrossCabriolet's standard safety features include dual stage front airbags, front seat side-impact airbags, door-mounted curtain side-impact airbags, front seat active head restraints, and dual pop-up roll bars for rear passengers. It also comes with stability and traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

EPA Fuel Economy

17 mpg city/22 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Robust power
  • Unique styling
  • Open-top cruising
  • Luxury amenities
  • Back seat large enough for adults

You Won't Like

  • Steep price tag
  • Only CVT
  • Limited utility

Sum Up

A jack of all trades sure not to be lost in a parking lot

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