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2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet SUV

2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Review

(0 Stars)  The convertible that broke the mold.

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Overview
Depending on your viewpoint, the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet is either the bravest or the dumbest vehicle to hit Nissan dealerships in decades. Either way, it's undeniably one of the most unusual. Essentially a Murano crossover with a folding soft top, the CrossCabriolet makes an awkward style statement that results in a compromised package that has four seats, two doors, and sports-car-like trunk space. Nissan tries to dress up its convertible crossover with twenty-inch wheels, chrome accents, and a choice of six colors with aspirational names like merlot and Caribbean. Drivers and passengers are treated to an attractive cabin that blends leather upholstery with aluminum and wood trim, and those in the rear seat will find plenty of legroom and top-up headroom. The fabric top does a decent job of insulating the cockpit from road and wind noise when it is in place, but the structural rigidity that is lost due to the lack of a metal roof is evident in the way the body shudders over bumps or when slamming one of the huge doors. Because the CrossCabriolet is based on a crossover, all-wheel drive is standard, and it can even tow up to 3500 pounds. Ultimately, though, we think those capabilities will be of less concern to buyers than its comfort and four-passenger capacity. The biggest question is how many buyers will be attracted by this first-of-a-kind vehicle's unusual styling.

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2012 Murano CrossCabriolet Base Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.5L V 6 DOHC with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 17 MPG city, 22 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 411 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
21.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 265 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 248 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'12 Nissan SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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HID Headlights
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Rear View Camera
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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