And the most disliked car of 2011 is… the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 7, 2011

There aren’t many who would disagree with the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet taking the title of "Most Disliked 2011 Car." So many auto reviewers are saying that the CrossCabrio could join the ranks of the Mercedes R-class and the Pontiac Aztek that were similarly maligned.

The common complaints about the CrossCabrio include its shakiness and sluggishness as well as its being lumpy and dumpy. The Murano CrossCabriolet is an all-wheel-drive Murano crossover which had its two rear doors removed.

Instead, of a metal roof, it now has an automatic folding fabric top. If the Jeep Wrangler is excluded, it can be named as the first convertible crossover. It features a raised suspension and high deck lid and looks a bit like an artichoke on wheels, the prototypical niche vehicle. It is a four-seater and when fully loaded, it has an MSRP of $47,520.

Among the few fans of the CrossCabrio are several female reviewers who praise it for its high seating position, all-wheel-drive, and carrying capacity.

Los Angeles Times’ reviewer, Susan Carpenter, describes the CrossCabrio as a “spirited-yet-cushy mom mobile for those who value adventure and luxury." From ThatTechChick.com, Jessica Benton says that after a test drive, she became “even more in love” with it. The male reviewers were very creative in showing their dislike for the model.

For example, James Riswick, the automotive editor of Edmunds.com, thought that the CrossCabrio was “so bizarre,” making him look for a “seven-foot furry creature riding shotgun."

Road & Track said that that the vehicle was “shocking,” considering that “billions of yen and exhaustive engineering efforts” were spent to build the first all-wheel-drive crossover convertible in the world. Road & Truck also quoted an observation that the CrossCabrio looks like "some weird mechanical mutant.”

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