Finally there’s a convertible spacious enough for a family road trip. Nissan has introduced the world’s first AWD crossover convertible to the consumer market, and after spending an afternoon driving one around Dallas, Texas, I’m in love. The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet transforms everyday tasks into exciting adventures.
My first glimpse of the Murano CrossCabriolet was in front of Hotel Zaza, a swanky hotel on Leonard Street in Dallas. The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is sexy and smart, with comfort and safety in mind. I was surprised by the roomy trunk, usually small in convertibles. Drivers can store two full size golf sets or four carry on bags in the rear storage. This alone makes me give it a thumbs up for a road trip.
Sitting in the front seat of the Murano CrossCabriolet, I ran my hands over the leather seats and wood grain trim. Drivers will feel a sense of individuality with six exterior color choices, three interior choices, and two tops. The back seat is roomy enough for adults and offers a rear glass skylight for a spacious feel. All I had to do was push a button, and in less than 25 seconds the top was stowed compactly, allowing the sun to shine in and the wind blow my hair. I even included this demo in my video of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet experience.
I’m a Nervous Nellie when it comes to interstate driving and traffic, but this vehicle sits a bit higher than my current convertible, giving me a better view for merging and changing lanes. I liked the luxury interior with its leather seats and wood grain trim. The curvaceous lines add to the sexiness, making the Murano CrossCabriolet the perfect vehicle for a mom with older children. Yes, the back seat can accommodate car seats, but let’s face it, when your child turns into a teenager, mama needs a little pick-me-up. Plus, you’ll be the stylish mom at the ballpark or dance studio when picking up your big kids from practice in this vehicle.
I’m not that interested in the drivetrain when I purchase a vehicle. I’m more worried about passenger safety, gas mileage, and technology. Here are some of the safety and design features of the 2011 Nissan Murano Cross Cabriolet:
- Nissan Advanced Air Bag System
- Driver and front passenger side impact supplemental air bags
- Door-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags with rollover sensor
- Front seat Active Head Restraints
- Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Dual Pop-up Roll Bars for rear passengers
2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet comes equipped standard with:
- Leather-appointed seating
- Available premium diagonally quilted leather-appointed seat and door trim
- Heated front seats and steering wheel
- Nissan Hard-Drive Navigation System with 9.3GB Music Box Hard Drive and XM NavTraffic
- Bose AM/FM/CD audio system with 8 speakers including subwoofer, automatic audio adjustment for soft-top positioning
- RearView Mirror
I already own a four seat convertible, however my biggest issue with my own vehicle is the lack of space in the back seat and the need for more trunk storage. Nissan has answered this need with practicality along with freedom and style. While for many this may be just another car on the market, for me, I loved driving the Murano CrossCabriolet with the top down, radio turned up, feeling the wind blow my hair. All I could do was smile and think to myself – Life sure is good.
The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet retails a little more than $46,000. This is about $5,000 higher than the Murano. This vehicle averages around 17MPG City and 22MPG Interstate. While I would love to see a bit better gas mileage on this vehicle, it is a crossover. My only disappointment was the lack of iPod docking station or mp3 connection. It may be there and I overlooked it, as I only was in this vehicle a few hours. Overall, I like this vehicle for others like myself – a late thirties mom of teenagers.
Disclosure: Thanks to Nissan USA for inviting me to the #MuranoCrossCabriolet drive experience in Dallas, TX. My transportation, lodging, and meals were provided by Nissan. I was not compensated for my personal opinion of this product or placement on this website.