The Murano CrossCabriolet is a strange vehicle: an SUV convertible. Based on a high-trim Murano, the CrossCabriolet version gets a V-6, all-wheel drive, and a continuously variable transmission.
The engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 using variable valve timing to produce 265 horsepower. That output is not impressive these days, as other manufacturers exploit direct injection and forced induction.
Where the Murano CrossCabriolet claims a unique character is its open top and high riding position. It is an interesting way to look out at the world. The rear seat is spacious for a four-seat convertible.
The Murano's standard all-wheel drive is biased toward the front wheels, as the Murano is a front-wheel-drive platform. But the system has a differential lock button, useful for particularly slippery road surfaces.
The cabin tech interface works very easily, the large center dial making it easy to choose menu items. The LCD is also a touch screen, adding to the methods of selecting cabin tech features.
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