2012 Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet: RideLust Review

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2012 Nissan Murano Cabriolet: RideLust Review

Up: The only all-wheel-drive convertible we can name.

Thumbs Down: Top there isn’t much room; luxury-car price

Buy This Car If: You want an AWD ragtop seats four in relative

Sometimes, blending two (or more) into one is good. The Reese’s Butter Cup is a prime example, nothing goes with quite as well as peanut Blending a telephone with a GPS and web browser was another … of since it all but made in-car and GPS systems obsolete.

There’s a however, that no one has ever a combination cough syrup and topping.

Which category the Nissan Murano Cross falls into depends on your perspective.

On the one hand, it carry four adults offers the benefits of top down and even comes with all-wheel drive for year-round-confidence. In the Nissan Murano stands as the only cabriolet crossover we can

On the other hand, people buy because of their versatility. equally adept at hauling or cargo, which is a large of their appeal. A crossover limited cargo capacity, at in our eyes, will have appeal. Top down, the Nissan Cross Cabriolet only a small fraction of the cargo that its hard top sibling so forget about bringing big-screen TV home (unless you the top and throw it in the back seat).

isn’t much luggage either, so don’t plan on any driving vacations with of your closest friends.

no denying that the Murano is unlike anything else on the and that includes its polarizing Fans love it for its originality, and its one of the few vehicles that drew comments from passers-by. praised its lines, while equated it to Moe, the overbite-saddled from The Simpsons . Love it or it, you absolutely, positively won’t the Murano Cross Cabriolet in a lot.

Top down, its a far better looking even though its proportions are unusual. The windshield, for example, is steeply raked, while the fender is oddly short. a side view, there much front overhang, but on, it seems out of proportion.

Even the wheel arches seem pronounced than on the regular Murano, although they aren’t.

Like Nissan’s crossover, the Juke, the Murano Cabriolet’s styling will an equal number of fans and but we’ll give mad props to for putting the car into production. You be a leader by building the same as everyone else, and Nissan was thinking outside the box with the Cabrio.

Inside, the Cross blurs the lines between and Infiniti, which is a good given its premium price The dash is wrapped in sculpted, vinyl that wouldn’t be out of in a luxury vehicle. The infotainment is driven by the same type of controller used on Infiniti and even the aluminum dash is a welcome touch.

There’s woodgrain plastic trim on the doors and center console, and it well with the camel-colored Overall, the interior is among the we’ve seen in a non-luxury vehicle.

That carries over to the Cross Cabrio’s front too. Leather clad and for all-weather comfort, the seats are and reasonably well bolstered. As of the Upgraded Leather Seat both front and rear get diagonal stitching for an enhanced

Rear seats will two passengers only, although opted for a semi-bench style of individual bucket seats. a reasonable amount of leg room, but the seat with the top in place is challenging. Nissan does a handy switch for the driver to the front passenger seat out of the allowing better access to the accomodations.

We wouldn’t want to cross-country in the second row seats, but for a top run to the beach or out to dinner, they be just fine.

The Murano Cabriolet is powered by Nissan’s 3.5-liter V-6, but that’s a thing. In this case, it 265 horsepower and 245 pound-feet of torque, is enough to accelerate even the AWD with reasonable authority. sole transmission choice is continuously variable transmission and while we generally aren’t of CVTs, Nissan’s version is as as it gets.

Despite the CVT, the all wheel takes a toll on fuel which is rated at 17 mpg city and 22 mpg we saw 18.3 in mostly-city driving. a front-drive Cross Cabrio help with both the price and with fuel so lets hope that gives this consideration for the

The Murano Cross Cabriolet a drivers car, and it’s is best described as “adequate.” is leisurely, although the steering is weighted and provides a reasonable of feedback. The Cross Cabrio’s of expertise is leisurely cruising, a run to the beach an ideal mission. up a canyon road with resembling haste isn’t the Cross Cabrio was designed but the trade off is a comfortable ride relatively quite for a cloth-top

Dropping the top requires just the of a button. There are no latches to but the complete operation takes a You’re better off planning since attempting to go topless at a red is likely to produce some motorists behind you.

Stowed, the top takes up a considerable of the Cross Cabrio’s trunk, but the tonneau cover adds a custom look to the Cross

Few people buy convertibles for their and with the top down on a bright, day (or a star-filled summer’s night), the of the Cross Cabrio will be forgiven. Fans will that convertibles give (if not secure) carrying capacity, and the all-wheel-drive makes the Cross a do-it-all vehicle for every climate. Even the luxury are surprising from a major and the Cross Cabrio would fit in to the lineup with almost no

You pay for that luxury, however. The Cross Cabriolet has a base of over $45,000, and that even include a navigation That’s comparable to luxury from Cadillac and Lincoln, neither brand builds a variant to go toe-to-toe with the Cabrio.

If that’s what you really and your budget will a Cross Cabrio in your the Nissan stands alone.

supplied the 2012 Murano Cabriolet for my review. Base on the press fleet tester was including a destination charge of and options were the $190 Mat Set, the $1,850 Navigation and the $500 Upgraded Leather Package for a total sticker of $47,890.

For an indirect comparison, a equipped Cadillac SRX Luxury AWD sticker at $45,975, while a Chrysler 200 Limited Convertible available in FWD) would for $33,490. Neither one is a direct for the Cross Cabrio, but both are as as you’re likely to get. At the Cross Cabriolet isn’t but on the other hand buying the Cadillac SRX and the Chrysler 200 to get the same would cost you far more

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