Crossover SUVs have quickly become one of the fastest-selling types of vehicles on the market, thanks to their combination of functionality, style, ease of use and ride quality. Nissan was one of the first automakers to bring a true crossover to the U.S. when it launched the Murano in 2003. In 2011, Nissan pulled off another first when it unveiled the awkward-looking CrossCabriolet version of its flagship crossover SUV.
The 2013 Murano CrossCabriolet carries over from 2012 unchanged. A single trim level comes with a 3.5-liter V6 that cranks out 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque, and a continuously variable transmission that sends power to all four wheels. This drivetrain nets the CrossCabriolet 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway while allowing it to sprint to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds.
Nissan loads the CrossCabriolet with premium features like: 20-inch wheels, xenon headlights, leather upholstery and a Bose audio system. Unlike the conventional Murano, the convertible doesn't offer a front-wheel drive option.
As a convertible crossover with quirky looks and a lavish interior, the CrossCabriolet occupies its own niche without direct competition. A price tag of just under $45,000 further limits its sales. But for the buyer looking for an all-weather drop-top that doesn't look like anything else on the road, the CrossCabriolet is hard to beat.
The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet comes in a single trim level that features: automatic HID bi-xenon headlights; front fog lights; LED taillights; a fully automatic cloth top; four-wheel disc brakes; 20-inch titanium-finish wheels; leather seating with an eight-way power driver’s seat and a four-way manual passenger’s seat; a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel; pushbutton ignition; a universal garage door opener; a rearview monitor; Bluetooth connectivity; a Bose AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD audio system with eight speakers, a 7-inch display and iPod interface; power windows and door locks; dual-zone climate control; cruise control; and pop-up roll bars.
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