I was invited to attend a Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Preview in Dallas, TX. My schedule didn’t allow me to attend, so in my place I sent Kurt Kilpatrick. Kurt has over 30 years of broadcasting experience, and, incidentally, he is my dad. The following is his guest review!
The first thing that comes to mind when one views the new 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is WOW!
This new concept car, soon to be on the market, is the world’s first all-wheel-drive convertible from Nissan.
The vehicle has a Crossover functionality with open air access and everything from the interior and exterior features screams “premium, top of the line, thoughtful, intuitive technologies”.
We are all familiar with the Murano Suv from Nissan. But the Cross Cabriolet is not just a Murano with the top chopped off.
Change in style and function is apparent from the front to the rear. It is a brand new vehicle which truly catches the eye and stimulates the sensibilities.
The top goes down with a touch of the button in about 20 seconds and stows like a two seater convertible.
One push of a button and the open air surrounds you as you sit in a luxuious cockpit with leather body hugging seats, and an instrument panel fully loaded with a Go-Navigation system, and Bose audio system.
The front seats are spacious and accomodating. The back seats are comfortable and spacious and not cramped at all.
Nissan likes to say the CrossCabriolet has “innovation without limits.” One cannot argue differently. This car is HOT and EXCITING.
Then came my road trip in the CrossCabriolet. The top was down when I pulled out of the hotel. The first intersection I came to, people started looking, smiling, and giving my set of wheels the thumbs up and mouthing the word, “AWESOME”.
The MuranoCrossCabriolet has a 3.5-liter 24-valve DOHC V6. The powerful 265 horsepower and 248 Lb-ft of torque was evident. I zipped out onto the freeway in Dallas and the standard intuitive all-wheel drive system performed with a great attitude.
The engine was so quiet you could not hear it running, the power of the pull was outstanding, and the road handling and smooth ride were all terrific. I felt completely safe in this convertible wonder with the Nissan advanced air bag system, vehicle dynamic control, traction control system and dual pop-up Roll Bar for rear passengers.
My road trip was a success driving in inner city traffic, then on the freeway, and then navigating to the destination point. It was about a 50 mile test drive. This is a performance car with all the bells and whistles, style and innovation, safety and looks that exudes fun, class, and innovation without limits.
It certainly will transform everyday tasks into exciting adventures when you drive one. I believe the Murano CrossCabriolet will appeal to a variety of car enthusiasts from ages 40 to 55, including married couples with teenagers and married empty nesters who want to still enjoy the driving experience with class and style.
The price? You can have a 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet in your garage for about $46,390, fully loaded and equipped.
If you value quality, innovation, style, value, and elegance with a hint of playfulness you will fall in love with the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet available this Spring from Nissan.
Thank you for the preview Nissan. WOW!
Kurt Kilpatrick, Mom Most Traveled Correspondent at Large
Disclosure: Kurt Kilpatrick was provided airfare to Dallas and lodging at the Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. The opinions about the CrossCabriolet are his own.