Model strengths: Convertible top, SUV-like view of the road, all-wheel-drive, sporty 2-door appearance, lots of standard features
The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is unlike anything else currently sold. It's a crossover, but rather than crossing a sedan with an SUV, the CrossCabriolet is half SUV, half convertible sports coupe. With two fewer doors than the standard Murano, the CrossCabriolet compromises practicality for style and driving enjoyment.
The Murano CrossCabriolet is powered by a 3.5L V6 making 265 horsepower. This engine is coupled to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which sends power to all four wheels. The Murano CrossCabriolet doesn't get fantastic fuel economy, but with up to 22mpg on the highway, its fuel economy is at least respectable for an SUV.
With just one trim level, the Murano CrossCabriolet comes only one way: loaded. Exterior features include a chrome grill, 20-inch wheels, heated mirrors, xenon projector headlights with automatic on/off functionality and a set of fog lights. Interior features include a 7" color monitor, dual-zone climate control, an integrated garage door opener, a backup camera, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, leather seating and steering wheel, an 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, wood trim, heating for the front seats and a Bose 8-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with automatic volume adjustment that considers both vehicle speed and roof position.
The only options for the CrossCabriolet include a navigation system, which uses the 7" color monitor located in the center of the dashboard. The navigation package also includes Zagat restaurant reviews and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Safety is always a potential concern with convertibles, but Nissan has addressed driver concerns with plenty of safety features, some of which are quite innovative. Anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are all standard as are a host of airbags. The CrossCabriolet also benefits from a pair of roll bars that pop up at a moment's notice should the vehicle detect a rollover. Active head restraints and an energy absorbent steering column further decrease the chance of injury in an accident.
The 2013 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet remains essentially unaltered for 2013. The only differences include a couple of new colors and newly redesigned wheels.
The CrossCabriolet is a unique vehicle occupying its own little niche in the automotive world. There aren't many convertible SUVs out there to compete with the Murano CrossCabriolet. The Nissan offers solid value and is priced competitively with other entry-level luxury convertibles such as the Audi A5 Cabriolet. The Murano CrossCabriolet comes in only one trim level which happens to be loaded with plenty of luxury items.
Vehicle Price: 45,385.00
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