For those who want to breeze down the highway in a distinctive and sizable convertible, top down and music blasting, Nissan’s 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet might be the perfect choice. Based on the Japanese automaker’s midsize Murano crossover, the 4-passenger CrossCabriolet, offered in this single Base trim, loses the hard top, as well as any sort of useable cargo space, and replaces these with a power-opening soft-top roof, standard all-wheel drive (AWD) and a funky profile that might be a bit hard to justify for the middling-size family on a budget.
In any case, stowage of the drop-top leaves only 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space in this quasi-crossover, but appearance amenities include 20-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors. Leather upholstery, meantime, is complemented by a height-adjustable power driver’s seat with memory settings, as well as a leather and simulated alloy heated power telescoping and tilting steering wheel mounting audio and cruise controls, not to mention leather, simulated wood and chrome cabin trim accents. Of course, remote power door locks and power windows with remote operation also come standard.
A universal remote garage door opener, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a rear-view camera are among further untraditional standard convenience offerings aboard this quirky convertible, while dual-zone auto climate control keeps everyone cool and comfy when unleavened sun becomes too much.
All of this posh is enhanced by a Bose premium audio system boasting a single-CD player, 8 speakers, satellite radio, an audio/visual display and a USB port. Finally, Bluetooth hands-free communications will keep all and sundry in close touch without distracting eyes from the road.
The hard-drive-based navigation system that used to be standard in last year's introductory edition of the Murano CrossCabriolet Base is now an option, as are carpeted floor mats in front and rear, splash guards and a couple of upgraded leather upholstery choices.
Powering this distinctive drop-top is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6 engine that remains under the management of a silky continuously variable-speed transmission (CVT). Look for 265 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque from this well-wrought powertrain, with mileage estimated at 17 mpg city/22 highway (premium gas recommended). Finally, the intuitive AWD system allows front-wheel-drive (FWD) cruising under normal circumstances, while standing ready to automatically divert torque to all 4 wheels when surfaces become snow-laden or the terrain becomes muddy.
Standard safety equipment of note aboard the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet Base includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, and front head restraint whiplash protection. Dusk-sensing xenon high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights remain a standard safety item, as do front fog/driving lights, while a remote antitheft alarm adds its bit for security.
|Air Conditioning||Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones · Rear heat vents|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Front and rear side curtain airbags · Side-curtain airbag rollover sensor|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: mast · Auxiliary audio input: jack, iPod/iPhone integration · 9.3GB hard drive · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Bose premium brand · AM/FM radio · Radio Data System · Speed Sensitive Volume Control · 1 subwoofer · 7 Total Speakers|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.6 · Front brake width: 1.1 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 12.1 · Rear brake width: 0.6 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc|
|Comfort Features||Heated steering wheel · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather|
|Convenience Features||Center console: dual level, front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: side mirrors, driver seat, 2 driver, steering wheel · One-touch windows: 2 · Power outlet(s): two 12V front · Power steering: speed-proportional · Power windows: lockout button · Push-button start · Steering wheel: power tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: phone · Storage: front seatback, door pockets - front · Universal garage door opener: Homelink · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating|
|Driver Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated · Power adjustments: 8|
|Drivetrain||4WD Type: on demand · Axle ratio: 5.17 · Limited slip differential: front and rear|
|Engine||Alternator: 130 amps · Spark Plugs: iridium tipped|
|Exterior Features||Door handle color: chrome · Exhaust: dual exhaust tips · Exhaust tip color: stainless-steel · Mirror color: body-color · Tow hooks: front · Window trim: black|
|Headrests||Fixed rear headrests · Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2|
|Instrumentation||External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: maintenance reminder|
|Lights||Front fog lights · Headlights: Xenon, Auto on/off · Tail and brake lights: LED rear center brakelight, LED|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power, heated|
|Passenger Seat||Heated · Manual Adjustments: 4|
|Rear Seats||Type: bucket|
|Roof||Convertible rear window: glass · Convertible roof: soft top|
|Safety||Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Camera system: rearview · Child seat anchors: LATCH system · Emergency interior trunk release · Energy absorbing steering column · Hood buckling creases · Rearview monitor · Rollover Protection System · Safety brake pedal system|
|Seatbelts||Emergency locking retractors: front and rear · Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Second row seatbelts: 3-point|
|Seats||Front seat type: bucket · Upholstery: leather|
|Stability and Traction||Stability control · Traction control|
|Steering||Steering ratio: 18.5 · Turns lock-to-lock: 3.1|
|Suspension||Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Stabilizer Bar: diameter 25 mm · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: twin-tube gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Stabilizer Bar: diameter 20 mm · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link|
|Telematics||Hands-free communication system · Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season|
|Tires and Rims||Wheels: alloy|
|Wheels||Wheel spokes: 5|
|Windows||Front wipers: variable intermittent, speed sensitive · Power windows: with safety reverse · Privacy glass: rear window · Rear defogger|