2013 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Overview
The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a first: a convertible crossover that has four seats, including a roomy backseat. It's based on the midsize Murano, but it has a considerably higher starting price. The CrossCabriolet has no direct competitors, though some might argue it's in the same family as the Jeep Wrangler — a four-wheel-drive truck with a removable soft-top.
The standard 20-inch alloy wheels have a new design but there are no other significant changes for 2013.
The CrossCabriolet has the same overall length and width as the Murano crossover, and although it's almost an inch lower at the roofline, it can't help but look like the largest convertible you've ever seen. The door count is reduced to two, and the B-pillars are gone. The powered soft-top has a skylight above the backseat, letting light in even when the top's up. Standard exterior features include your choice of a tan or black top, 20-inch wheels with all-season tires, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, front fog lights, LED taillights, and heated side mirrors.
The CrossCabriolet is based on the Murano's highest trim level, the LE, so it has leather seats with front seat heaters and eight-way power adjustment for the driver. Rocker switches atop the front-seat backrests move them forward to ease backseat entry.
Although the CrossCabriolet is based on a crossover, its trunk is relatively small. It measures 12.3 cubic feet, which is comparable to a subcompact or compact sedan. When the top is down, the trunk volume drops to 7.6 cubic feet. Standard interior features include keyless access and ignition, heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and Bose stereo with iPod interface and satellite radio. A navigation system with Bluetooth streaming audio is also available.
Under the Hood
The standard drivetrain is a 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is also standard. Nissan recommends the use of premium gas.
Standard safety features include side-impact airbags that are incorporated into the front seats for torso protection, side curtain airbags which deploy from the doors to provide head protection (front only), four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and an electronic stability system. Also standard are active roll bars which remain out of sight behind the backseat and deploy only if the car tips.
*Overview courtesy of Cars.com