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First Drive: 2011 Nissan Murano

A comfortable highway cruiser with nimble urban moves.

by on Jul.08, 2011

The Nissan Murano is one of the most distinctive offerings in the midsize CUV segment.

Nissan joined the crossover game with the Murano in 2002, and since then, the Murano has spawned smaller clones such as the Rogue and the Juke urban ute in Nissan’s lineup.

The Murano was last redesigned in 2009, and for 2011 the big news is the addition of the CrossCabriolet convertible and the SV trim level.

The SV essentially slots between the base S and the mid-level SL, providing a touch of luxury without increasing the sticker price too much.

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Just a touch of luxury, though, since our SV all-wheel-drive tester still had cloth seats and did not offer a navigation system, which is only available on SL and LE models.

What the SV offers over the S is a moonroof, roof rails, fog lights, an 8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar, a wireless cell phone link, an alarm system, a rearview camera, and satellite radio.

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First Look: Nissan Murano Convertible

Maker defies skeptics with convertible crossover.

by on Nov.16, 2010

The Nissan Murano Convertible debuts in L.A., this week, and will go on sale early in 2011.

Nissan has shown a flair for the non-traditional, especially when it comes to design.  Just witness its Murano and Infiniti FX crossovers, which showed you didn’t have to build a boxy, SUV-like product to win consumers over.

But, as TheDetroitBureau.com reported earlier this year, Nissan seemed to be stretching things to the limits with its idea of rolling out a Murano-based convertible.  Would it be as awkward and ungainly as the unloved Chevrolet SSR, the less-than compelling pickup-convertible combination that fell flat on its face a few years back?

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A number of our media colleagues tried to imagine what the Nissan Murano Convertible might look like, and, indeed, they came up with some decidedly ungainly ideas, including center-mounted rollbars, that just wouldn’t have made for a very attractive offering.

But, it turns out, what Nissan is billing as “the world’s first all-wheel-drive convertible crossover” is a surprisingly stylish and reasonably elegant design.

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