I’ll be honest, there is a part of me that actually likes this thing. It’s not because of the styling or the fact that it’s a AWD convertible, but more so that it’s a total oddball of a vehicle. When we first heard that Nissan was thinking about making a drop-top Murano our first question was, why? I mean is there really a demand for an open top crossover, and if so, who exactly asked for it? The more I look at it though, the more I’m perplexed by it. You see the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a traditional soft top convertible, which makes it less than stellar as a winter vehicle. Yet it’s AWD which means you get that versatility, but without a hardtop for which to mount a roof rack or luggage to. Is it me, or does that simply not make sense? Nissan’s Facebook page states:
“The world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, delivers the open-air exhilaration of a convertible while extending the versatility of the Murano in exciting new ways. With room for four adults, space for golf bags or luggage…” – yeah, but not that much room.
Honestly I’m not sold on this thing yet so I’ll reserve my final judgment until I see it in person. It is an intriguing piece of kit though, I’ll say that for it.