By David Thomas on November 16, 2010
Perhaps no car has been so oddly conceived as the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet since the Pontiac Aztek debuted. While the Aztek was aimed at a very specific niche of buyers, the CrossCabriolet looks to capture a larger audience searching for an almost practical luxury-priced convertible.
If that’s you, the Murano CrossCabriolet is quite remarkable. It promises more room than a traditional convertible, so rear passengers can actually enjoy the open-air ride. If the elements don't allow it, the soft-top also features an added piece of glass for an open-air look.
The Murano CrossCabriolet also promises a lot of amenities for the driver, as there is just one fully loaded trim level available starting at $46,390, not including an $800 destination charge. That means a navigation system and Bose stereo, heated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and 20-inch wheels are standard equipment.
Performance should also be beyond acceptable, as the same 265-horsepower V-6 we love in the Murano SUV powers the CrossCabriolet, too. Even more amazing is that the aerodynamic drag is just a smidge worse with the soft-top up compared with the hardtop crossover.
Overall, it’s just a remarkably odd, yet alluring vehicle — one that when you look at it, would be the perfect transport for a picnic in the country ... in any season.
Managing Editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David