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2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: First Look

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  • Competes with: Ford Mustang convertible, Volvo C70 
  • Looks like: A high-riding convertible 
  • Drivetrain: 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, all-wheel drive, continuously variable automatic transmission 
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2011 

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.

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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.

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Former managing editor David Thomas has a thing for wagons and owns a 2010 Subaru Outback and a 2005 Volkswagen Passat wagon. Email David Thomas

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