Most Hated Car in America? Nissan Gets Slammed

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NEW YORK (MainStreet) – Car lovers – and haters – are all over the new Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, and not in a good way. In fact, one major publication calls it the “most disliked” car in America.

Of course, if you think calling car an “artichoke on wheels” is a compliment then the CrossCabriolet may be for you. It’s just that Fortune magazine doesn’t see things that way. It lacerates the vehicle with the fervor of a high school cheerleader dismantling the football jock who dumped her for a wanna-be Wiccan.

In an Aug. 9 article, Fortune tees off on the CrossCabriolet, labeling it (besides the artichoke moniker) as “lumpy, dumpy, shaky, and sluggish.” Fortune cites the car’s high cost - $47,520 – and lists a series of negative reviews, most notably:

  • Edmunds.com: “What were they thinking?” James Riswick, automotive editor.
  • Road and Track: “Some weird mechanical mutant.”
  • Wall Street Journal: "Sluggish, wobbly, weird-looking, with a front-end shake that would mix a good daiquiri, crazy-awful ... CrossCabriolet is like a sorbet of mouse scat," Dan O’Neil, auto reviewer.
  • TheCarConnection.com: “If you've seen the all-new Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet in person, you'll probably agree it's a head-scratcher,” Bengt Halvorson, editor.

In its defense, the CrossCabriolet has some defenders on the other side of the gender aisle.

The Los Angeles Times’s Susan Carpenter tags it as "a spirited-yet-cushy mom mobile for those who value adventure and luxury. Jessica Benton, in a review on TechChick.com, concurs. "I was partial to the Murano prior to test driving it. But now I am even more in love with the Murano CrossCabriolet.”

Nissan has been marketing the vehicle as the world’s first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, even though critics say that Frankenstein came out of the laboratory looking more seamless than the CrossCabriolet.

Of course, Nissan certainly doesn’t see it that way. "This new Murano CrossCabriolet adds an unexpected ... element, the ability to make everyday activities more exciting with open air driving," said Nissan's North American vice president and general manager, Al Castignetti, in a press release announcing the vehicle’s release in November.

What’s unexpected – to Nissan, at least – is the negative reaction from reviewers. And the hits just keep right on coming.

Says the New York Times’s Lawrence Ulrich, on July 1: “I’ll give Nissan credit for guts and urge them to keep doing what they’re doing. But its well-paid executives must still know the difference between a bold experiment and a designer’s doodle that should be politely received, then crumpled and flipped into the trash.”

Well, the Cabriolet isn’t in the trash, but it is being trashed. It’s no wonder then why Fortune calls it the “most disliked car of the year.”

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