We have good news and bad news. The good news is that Nissan has just announced pricing for the 2012 edition of the popular Murano crossover. The bad news is that the automaker has also announced pricing for the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet, which is perhaps the most-hated vehicle on the American market.
But good news first: pricing for the 2012 Murano will begin at $29,290 for the front-wheel drive S model. Tack on things like 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a new Nissan Navigation System, and an exclusive Sapphire Black paint job, and the price will go up a bit. At the top of the line sits the 2012 Murano LE with all-wheel drive, which rings in at $39,900. In-between those two, you'll find six other models: the Murano S AWD, Murano SV FWD, Murano SV AWD, Murano SL FWD, Murano SL AWD, and Murano LE FWD. All eight variants come with a new paint option for 2012: Pearl White.
And now the bad news: Nissan is still producing the Murano CrossCabriolet, which Nissan has described as "the world's first all-wheel drive crossover convertible" and critics have described as "an artichoke with wheels". In fact, the Murano CrossCabriolet is widely believed to be the most hated car of 2011. (That's quite an accomplishment, since we're just wrapping up September.)
If there's a silver lining to be found here, it's that there's only one version of the CrossCabriolet, which will make its demise much quicker when death surely comes. That one model clocks in at $44,540 -- no small potatoes for a vehicle that's been beaten up for its poor performance on the road and its distinctly offbeat looks.
Since the CrossCabriolet is just a couple of months old, there aren't many changes between the 2011 and 2012 versions, though Nissan's Hard Drive Navigation System now comes as a standalone option, and like its more attractive older sister, the 2012 Murano CrossCabriolet also comes in Pearl White.
Both the 2012 Nissan Murano and the 2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet are now available at dealers nationwide.