2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet - rear 3/4 viewOver the years, I've been given many nicknames – a few of them have even been repeatable around small children. One such moniker is "Mr. Other Makes," a title given to me because of my predilection for sifting through eBay Motors seeking out automotive misfits and orphans. I've got a soft spot for the dreamers and automakers who take big chances on beancounter-enraging flights of fancy.

I count Nissan among that bunch, because for every safe-as-houses Altima or Sentra that rolls out of its factory gates, the Japanese automaker has often secreted away a little funding for white-space niche vehicles that any sane person wouldn't expect to pencil out. Some, like the Juke, have proven to be massive hits. Others, like the GT-R, have become icons. And then there are models like the Murano CrossCabriolet, a segment-bending mashup the likes of which we haven't seen since the AMC Eagle Sundancer.

Yesterday, upon revealing the new third-generation Murano ahead of its New York Auto Show debut, we reported "the writing appears to be on the wall" for the midsize crossover's novel convertible cousin. It appears we were right. Autoblog can now confirm that the CrossCabriolet will die at the end of this model year, and our source at Nissan tells us unequivocally, "there is no plan for a next-generation Murano CC."

Nissan didn't pinch pennies when developing the model – the CrossCabriolet received all-new sheetmetal from the A-pillar rearward, countless structural reinforcements and all-new seats front and rear. It wasn't cheap. It also wasn't enough – the model's modest sales were compounded by its high starting price ($42,855 delivered) and limited marketing efforts.

While Nissan itself doesn't break out the CrossCabriolet's sales from the rest of the Murano line, IHS Automotive sales data indicates that for 2011, Nissan sold 1,159 examples in North America, and in 2012, sales peaked at 3,278 units before sagging to 1,332 in 2013. If the Murano CC was the answer to a question that few had been asking, IHS senior analyst Stephanie Brinley tells Autoblog, "Everyone who did ask that question picked up one in 2012 or 2013."

The passing of the Murano CrossCabriolet is a loss likely to be mourned by few, but I'll be one of them – if only because cars that make a point of coloring outside the lines are too rare in this business.


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      djvolvo
      • 8 Months Ago
      I full agree with the author's sentiments… true oddball vehicles are harder and harder to come by in the face of manufacturer globalization. When one appears, it should be given a proper look. Except for this one. It was a joke from the word "go".
        Erika Rubalcava
        • 4 Months Ago
        @djvolvo

        I own this vehicle and it is amazing.  The looks are non stop, the ride is smooth,  and the look unique.  You will be the only one of not rarely see another driving this car.  

        skoobey
        • 8 Months Ago
        @djvolvo
        I disagree. I love convertibles, also the driving position and comfort of Murano. I love this car! Super comfy, well equipped... but then we come to a problem called Wrangler. Wrangler simply looks so much cooler, and is actually capable off road, and you can choose the price tag that you want, from bare bone to luxury(well never as good as murano, but decent). Not to mention the trunk.
          philval418
          • 5 Months Ago
          @skoobey
          i agree! i own the 2011 --- i get compliments on the look all the time and i love the ride!
      dluna71
      • 8 Months Ago
      I am also a lover of misfit vehicles.I was pricing these the other day and you can get a really good deal on these used right now.
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago
      You know what would be a cool replacement? A rag top XTerra. I'm thinking of a boxy, open roll bar structure with removable canvas stretched over it just like a Jeep Wrangler. Also with rubber floors and drains. Would never happen, but it would be cool.
        Susan
        • 8 Months Ago
        @BipDBo
        Rubber mats and drains? You mean an SUV that could really be used for rough or outdoors use? For the American suburban market?
      Ryan Andrew Martin
      • 8 Months Ago
      Bummer. I always love when manufacturers have the balls to do something this different. I actually like the Aztek while we're at it. Not from a styling perspective mind you, but from a utility perspective. I mean come on! It had a built-in fold-out tent! Camping in one is on the bucket list.
      ken
      • 8 Months Ago
      I still don't understand how business and product decisions are made within Nissan. While it built good cars like Altima, Pathfinder, and Quest and spectacular car like GT-R, it also builds soulless and ugly cars like Sentra, Micra, and Versa sedan. And there are mad max projects like Juke and Murano CrossCab. This is the most inconsistent lineups in automaker world.
      KBZa
      • 8 Months Ago
      Thank you !!!!
      BryanGx
      • 8 Months Ago
      I just saw one of these up close last weekend in the Home Depot parking lot. It's ugly. Nevertheless, it seems to apply the same formula that's being applied to every other type of small car body: jack up the ride height a few inches, increase the weight needlessly, forget about driving dynamics, and call it a "crossover." That formula killed off the station wagon. You'd think it would be killing off the convertible.
      imoore
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, I completely forgot about the Sundancer. That was a real downer in AMC's otherwise likable Eagle range.
      Al Terego
      • 8 Months Ago
      Noooooo! How will the kids ever get a tan while being driven to soccer games?
      sp33dklz
      • 8 Months Ago
      NO WAY! I almost had enough saved up for a downpayment. Now what do I buy?
      F3L1X
      • 8 Months Ago
      I suspect the next time that Carlos Ghosn's wife whispers to him, "I want a convertible Murano.", the answer will be: "No."
      canuckcharlie
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have NEVER seen one on the road
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