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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission CVT Automatic
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 17/22 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation Yes
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

  • It's a little bizarre and certainly pricey, but the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet surprisingly makes sense for anyone looking for a convertible with some real practicality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Spacious backseat; big trunk for a convertible; commanding driving position

  • Cons

    Only available in fully loaded all-wheel-drive trim; noticeable cowl shake.

  • What's New for 2011

    The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a new convertible variant of Nissan's popular SUV.

Full 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Review

What's New for 2011

The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a new convertible variant of Nissan's popular SUV.


"This just doesn't seem right. I'm in a Nissan Murano, but the roof is missing. At the same time, I'm in a convertible, but I'm really high off the ground. Weird."

This seems like the typical conversation that will commence within your imagination upon driving the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet for the first time. Indeed, this is a weird car, both in appearance and concept. The regular Murano's styling is far from conventional, but when you remove two doors, chop off the roof and give it a coupelike trunk lid, "conventional" is just about the last word that pops to mind. And, really, it's surprising that doing such a thing to a midsize crossover SUV popped into Nissan's collective mind at all.

To begin with, it's big. If you want this much rear seat legroom in a convertible, you'll need to scrounge up $450,000 for a Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe or search eBay for a '62 Lincoln Continental. The trunk is also relatively enormous, swallowing a vacation's worth of luggage even with the roof down. Then there's the elevated ride height. You certainly don't need it for off-roading, but countless drivers will enjoy that "commanding" view of the road that's been a selling point of SUVs for the better part of two decades.

So as far as convertibles are concerned, the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is quite practical. It also has some consumer-style value if you consider that similarly equipped luxury-badged convertibles cost thousands more. Still, it's hard not to be shocked by the CrossCab's sticker price of $47,000, even if every item from the options list of the regular Murano is included. We would welcome a cheaper, more modestly equipped version, as well as one that lacks the standard but mostly pointless all-wheel-drive system. That way, the CrossCabriolet would make even more sense -- even if it remained a little weird.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a two-door convertible variant of the regular Murano crossover SUV. It's available in only one loaded trim level that comes standard with 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic xenon headlights, foglights, heated mirrors, a fully powered soft top and keyless ignition/entry. Inside, it gets automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a rearview camera, an eight-way power driver seat with power lumbar adjustment, driver seat memory functions, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated and power-operated tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and an auto-dimming mirror.

Standard electronic features include a navigation system (with real-time traffic updates), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and a seven-speaker Bose sound system (with an iPod interface, an auxiliary audio jack, 9.3GB of digital music storage, a CD player and satellite radio). The only options are extra-charge roof and interior leather colors.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 265 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) are standard.

In Edmunds performance testing, the CrossCabriolet went from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds -- just 0.3 second slower than the regular Murano. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway. Unlike the regular Murano, which takes regular gas, the CrossCabriolet requires premium.


The CrossCabriolet comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, pop-up roll bars, front seat side airbags and door-mounted curtain-style side airbags. In Edmunds brake testing, the Murano CrossCabriolet came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet -- a good distance for an SUV-sized vehicle.

Interior Design and Special Features

Convertibles are not supposed to be spacious. The people who end up riding in back are usually either tiny or have lost a round of rock-paper-scissors. However, the CrossCabriolet is different, since it offers legitimate hip- and legroom for two adults back there. It is not just spacious for a convertible -- it's spacious, period. It's also pretty easy to get back there as long as you roll down the large rear windows. The doors are long, though, and entry and exit can be tricky in parking lots. We also don't find the tinny sound the doors produce when you bang them closed to be particularly becoming for a vehicle costing nearly $50,000.

On the upside, the CrossCab's trunk is quite large for a convertible. Even with the top lowered, it easily holds two stacked golf bags and a sizable suitcase. Many convertibles struggle to match that with the roof raised.

Otherwise, the CrossCabriolet shares its cabin with a fully loaded regular Murano. The dash design is identical, with the same well-sorted electronics controls, and overall quality is strong. The seats are comfortable and most people should find the driving position ideal.

Driving Impressions

The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet's CVT does a good job of keeping the powerful V6 in its sweet spot without the sort of revving drone typically associated with CVT-equipped cars. Handling is similar to that of the regular Murano, with commendable control and steering that's well weighted, with a decent amount of information transmitted to the driver's hands. Still, compared to just about any convertible car, the CrossCabriolet feels like a lumbering pachyderm around corners. The ride is reasonably compliant, though the standard 20-inch wheels don't exactly make things supple.

Removing the roof of any vehicle -- be it a coupe or crossover -- obviously weakens the structure. While Nissan reinforced the CrossCabriolet, bigger bumps still send vibrations through the steering wheel and make the windshield header wiggle from side to side. We probably would have hailed the CrossCabrio for structural integrity 10 or so years ago, but compared to other new convertibles, this Nissan's structure seems a little flaccid.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

Love it! now own 2!

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Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 2dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

We bought our 2011 in July of 2012 and absolutely love it! We live in Anchorage Alaska where we normally have beautiful summers that are perfect for top down weather and cold winters. The convertible top on this car keeps out the cold weather in the winter plus the AWD is just what the doctor ordered for up here. A few times we would have the drivers window freeze and stick to the top if they had gotten wet. Other wise everthing else worked with no problems. We now own 2 of them, the 2011 is now mine and my wife has a new 2014 model!

Disappointed, frustrated and at the

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Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 2dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

Bought in 2012. Since then nothing but issues from the first week. At the outset there were several times it would not start. Window motors and regulators have been replaced; ignition starter; computer; electrical harness; passenger seat more than once; convertible top - nothing but problems - it is in again right now needing another new tray - best part is how long it will take to get the parts - months. I am a Canadian who bought a US vehicle at Cdn dealer and that means my only recourse is to sue. I would love to hear from anyone else with any issues with this type of vehicle.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Fun car for the young

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Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 2dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

This car isn't for older drivers. The backseat is very difficult to get into for passengers and the doors are heavy and of course, it sits high. You will also get some top and cowl rattle If you can get passed the above, then this is the car for you. Its fun It looks nice It rides very nice. Life is good with the top down in this car. I have had mine for several thousand miles and love it! It rides great and the leather feels even better. It hasn't leaked a drop even in heavy rain. It's a lot of fun and the luxurious interior is a step up for me having come from Honda. The GPS isn't all that great but nice to have with the large touch screen

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

I think critics are crazy

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Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 2dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

I was intrigued to find a family man's convertible but I was discouraged by the critics reviews. I decided to go look at it and drive it for myself. I loved it! It was responsive, roomy (for a convertible) and completely loaded. So I bought it! My MPG's have been about 22. I love the tan leather and the seats are extremely comfortable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

So glad i purchased it!

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Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 2dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

As some reviewers have commented across other websites, you either love this car or hate it. After driving it for some 6 months and 12,000 miles, and having made multiple 400 mile trips through both snow and through 100F heat, I absolutely love this car! There are not many AWD convertibles out there, and while it was never meant to be a sports car, this crossover has been everything I could have wanted in an AWD convertible for taking long trips over mountains. The build quality is excellent and I have not experienced any of the difficulties (handling, door weight, etc.) noted in other reviews I read before purchasing. And get used to compliments from truckers and teenagers. It's non stop!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Traded in!

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Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet 2dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl CVT)

I have to totally agree with the previous review! I lasted a month and a half and traded it in, and took a bath on it. It was worth it though to get out of it! I traded it in on a 2012 Nissan Murano hardtop and love it.

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Gas Mileage


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  • 22
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