The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, which debuted at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show, will have a $47,190 starting price. That price will make it the most expensive Nissan currently available, with the exception of the GT-R, when it goes on sale early in 2011.
Before you dismiss this Murano convertible as both incredibly odd and overpriced, consider that the Murano CrossCabriolet is based on the top-of-the-line Murano LE. The 265-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 is standard on the CrossCabriolet, as is all-wheel drive and a number of goodies.
There is only one trim level on the CrossCabriolet, and at a price approaching $50,000, it's fully loaded. HID headlights, a navigation system, Bose sound system, RearView Monitor, and leather seats (heated in front). One obvious oversight is the manual front passenger seat but if you opt for the $500 diagonally quilted leather with a double-stitched pattern, the passenger probably won't be complaining.
Another way to look at the high price is the $5400 difference between the CrossCabriolet and a 2011 Murano LE with a navigation system. Choose a base 370Z convertible over the coupe, and you'll pay an $8210 premium.
The Murano convertible's front doors are actually 7.9 inches longer than those of its five-door sibling. The two rear seats are said to be genuinely comfortable, and cargo space is 7.6 cubic feet with the top down and 12.3 cubic feet with the top up. When the top is up, other drivers may notice the rear glass skylight (above the regular rear glass window), which adds light to the cabin.
So now that you know a bit more about the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, what do you think about Nissan's latest segment-busting vehicle?
Price includes destination charges.