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Nissan Murano Cabriolet king of wacky at NY Auto Show

The 2011 Nissan Murano Cabriolet is displayed at

The 2011 Nissan Murano Cabriolet is displayed at the New York Auto Show on April 22, 2011. Photo Credit: Jose Moreno

There are some wacky looking cars at the New York Auto Show this year, but most of them fall in the realm of concept vehicles. Then there is the 2011 Nissan Murano Cabriolet, a ridiculous looking SUV convertible now in production.

The Cabriolet is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 265 horsepower. It has an EPA rated fuel economy of 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. It’s available in only one trim, a two-door with only four seats.

Now, I’m a big fan of the Jeep Wrangler convertible, but the top- down look isn’t for every car.

The idea of having a SUV or crossover vehicle is for the "U” – whether if it’s off-roading, or to transport sport gear, or just to load it up with a big family – and the Cabriolet can’t to do any of this.

Still think the Murano Cabriolet has something to offer? The $47,200 price sticker puts it in direct competition with the likes of the Audi A5 convertible, Ford Shelby, convertible and the BMW Z4.

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