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Nissan launches first convertible SUV in Murano CrossCabriolet

July 23, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Nissan's Murano has been one of the more stylish crossover Sport Utility Vehicles for several years. Based on a smooth-riding car platform, the Murano bridges the gap between a sport sedan and an SUV.

Now they're giving it a different kind of style: the Murano CrossCabriolet, a fully functional convertible based on an SUV.

The sport utility attributes are its high-seating position and all-wheel drive. On the convertible side, a fully-automatic power top and a fully open-top experience combine to make this a very good road trip mobile.

What didn't carry over from the regular Murano is cargo space. With the top up, the trunk is pretty roomy. But a divider has to be in place before it can be lowered.

Hey, you can't have everything.

The best thing the CrossCabriolet has going for itself is interior room. Not just in the front seats, but also the back.

In that regard, it pretty much stands alone. Four good size seats and even when the top is up there's plenty of headroom for everyone. Rear passengers even get extra daylight with a secondary window over their heads.

As far as convertibles go, it actually looks pretty good with the top up. It's not the best when it comes to solidity. The body shakes a bit over bumps, but it's no worse than other convertibles built these days.

The Murano CrossCabriolet comes pretty much fully loaded, including a V-6 engine, all-wheel drive and luxuries like navigation and leather seats.

The price comes close to $50,000 if you add the few options available, making it a premium vehicle.

But it could be thought of another way. It's almost like having two vehicles in one: a crossover SUV and a stylish convertible.


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