We'd just gotten the seared afterimage of the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet to fade from our retinas, and today Nissan releases more information about the vehicle that it is calling the first-ever all-wheel drive, crossover-based convertible.
You may remember the CrossCabriolet's 2010 LA Auto Show reveal, where we learned of the Murano-based convertible. Now we have pricing. According to Nissan's Web site, a 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet will start at $46,390 plus an $800 destination charge. That base price technically makes the CrossCabriolet the second most-expensive Nissan-badged vehicle that money can buy (the technicality being that, with options, an Armada could be more expensively) and is a huge jump from the standard Murano's entry point of $28,500.
However, before you scream "sticker shock," remember that the CrossCabriolet only has one trim level so far, the top one, and its list of standard features puts the convertible in line with the fixed-roof Murano's upper trim levels. The CrossCabriolet also rolls in all-wheel drive and the Nissan Navigation System with XM NavTraffic, options that would bring the MSRP of an equally optioned Murano LE to $40,990 before destination. That means that Nissan is charging about a $5,400 premium for the power-retracting soft top, which is still a pretty penny, but is essentially in line with our expectations.