Last weekend I had the pleasure to head down to Palm Beach and test the new Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet. This Cross vehicle was ridiculously different from anything I have ever driven before. When I first heard of the vehicle, I couldn’t even imagine what a cross-over/ convertible SHOULD look like – but I have to say it’s a stunner.
Although the cross vehicle is considered to be skewed for a female demographic – I can’t say it’s not a manly vehicle. It looks good on the road; it’s rougher than your average convertible and come on – its way better than a minivan. Plus, if you stay away from the seabreezy Caribbean color and stick with the Graphite or black and add the leather color of your choice – Black, Cashmere or Camel – You’re looking at a sweet ride.
The interior is definitely classy – the wood grain gives the vehicle an expensive look while the double stitching on quilted seatback looks high quality. The roof is a soft top that really highlights the crosscabriolet’s sleek silhouette. It takes around 25 seconds to drop back, but it does so automatically. (No pushing & pulling necessary.) And don’t worry about safety – the CrossCab has dual pop-up roll bars that are automatically initiated when the car tilts at a certain degree.
Overall, you’re looking at pretty tough vehicle. The Murano CrossCabriolet is about 400lbs heavier than the Murano. (Once they took the roof off, they had to make some structural changes). Some of the Nissan’s Features also include:
- 3.5 – liter 24-valve DOHC V6
- 265 horsepower & 248lb-ft of torque
- Second-generation Xtronic CVT
- Standard intuitive all-wheel drive system
- 17 MPG City/22 MPG Highway
- Independent strut front, multi-link rear suspension
- Dual flow path shock absorbers
- Vehicle-speed-sensitive power-assisted steering
- 20-inch split 5-spoke titanium finish aluminum-allow wheels
- P235/55R20 Toyo Proves A20 all-season tires
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) & Traction Control System (TCS)
Some other cool features are the Cross Cabriolet’s Huge (and I mean HUGE) backseat, Bose Am/FM/CD audio system with 8 speaks (subwoofer included), rearview monitor, hard drive navigation system & XM NavTraffic, and heated front seats and steering wheel. This vehicle is FULLY loaded. What is my favorite feature? The Automatic audio adjustment for soft-top position – the sounds adjusts as your roof does so you don’t have to fiddle around with the volume.
All in all, it’s a pretty sweet looking vehicle. I had my doubts, I didn’t know how you could create a vehicle like this without thinking it’s just an SUV with the roof chopped off but, I was impressed. The Palm Beach scenery wasn’t bad either.
For more information: nissanusa/muranocabriolet
What do you think about the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet? Is it your style?