Ten Cars That Won't See 2015


Automakers give all sorts of reasons for canceling a model. Sometimes it comes from a deliberate one-and-done cycle, as Scion often employs. Other times a car too similar to its corporate siblings — compare the ultra-luxury Maybach brand to an optioned-out Mercedes-Benz S-Class — and allowed to age without a redesign can spell doom. And some cars just plain stink: Four of our 10 Worst Cars of the 2000s sputtered out with no direct replacement.

Whatever the cause, cancellations often coincide with lackluster sales. Consider former Volvo spokesman James Hope, whose eulogy for the now-defunct S40 and V50 was short and sweet. "The S40 and V50 are great cars," Hope said. "Our focus, however, needs to be on our [sales] volume vehicles."

More than a dozen models were discontinued in 2013. We polled our editors to see which cars we think will meet their end next year.

By Kelsey Mays | December 18, 2013 | Comments (50)

Nissan's GT-R Gets Even More Expensive for 2014

Nissan's halo car got more horsepower and a huge price bump for 2013. For 2014, only the price continues to increase. The 2014 Nissan GT-R just went on sale with a base price of $100,590, including a $1,000 destination charge; topline Black Edition versions start at $110,300. Last year's GT-R started at $97,820, including a $1,000 destination charge.

The coupe's 545-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 returns for 2014. New this year are a host of suspension upgrades that Nissan says improve high-speed handling and ride comfort. Also new is a Premium Interior Package ($4,000) that adds hand-stitched red leather for the front seats as well as red trim on the instrument panel, steering wheel, doors, armrests and shifter.

In other Nissan news, the automaker also announced pricing for its all-wheel-drive CrossCabriolet, the unpopular convertible version of the Murano crossover. The automaker lowered its sticker by $2,545 for 2014 for a new base price of $42,840, including an $845 destination charge, which is only slightly higher than the topline all-wheel-drive Murano LE's $42,085 price, including an $845 destination charge. The 2014 Murano CrossCabriolet is on sale now.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 25, 2013 | Comments (2)

Naughty or Nice: Attention Grabbers

The two cars that get the nod here have already been highlighted or lowlighted in our 12 days of year-end remembrances.

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Being an automotive journalist can be cool. I still remember pulling out of the parking garage across from Cars.com headquarters in a bright orange Dodge Challenger right when it had gone on sale and being chased by a grown man - a large one - half a block screaming, "Where did you get one!"

This year we had similar experiences, but nothing quite that colorful.

By David Thomas | December 21, 2011 | Comments (2)

2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Drops Price

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Now in its second model year, the 2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet sees a significant 4% price drop from the 2011 model year. The convertible starts at $44,540, which is $1,850 less than the 2011 model. However, while Nissan doesn't state it in its announcement, the price change is due to removing the standard navigation package and making it an $1,850 option. 

The regular 2012 Murano crossover starts at $29,290, which is the same price as the 2011 model. 

The CrossCabriolet comes in only one trim that is well-equipped. It includes most of the features on the top-of-the-line LE Murano crossover with all-wheel drive. Among the features are 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic high-intensity-discharge xenon headlights, fog lights, LED taillights, heated mirrors, leather upholstery, a Bose stereo, a 7-inch touch-screen and backup camera. Extra safety features include dual pop-up roll bars for rear passengers.

Both Murano crossovers are on sale now. You can learn more about the regular 2012 Murano here.

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet: First Look
Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

By Colin Bird | October 3, 2011 | Comments (7)

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Video

The 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is certainly a bold experiment. It merges a convertible with the versatility of crossover, which is a first of its kind. Overall, the union works, says Cars.com editor Bill Jackson. There’s plenty of rear passenger space and headroom with the top up, which is rare for a convertible.

By Colin Bird | August 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Podcast: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, 2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

If it’s not unbearably hot where you live, you may be shopping for a convertible. If a convertible has never appealed to you because it didn’t come in the form of an SUV, then you must listen to this podcast about Nissan’s all-new Murano CrossCabriolet. Editors Joe Bruzek, Bill Jackson and Joe Wiesenfelder discuss this unique entry as well as Hyundai’s two-door sport coupe and Porsche’s redesigned hybrid SUV.

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By David Thomas | August 3, 2011 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Reviews the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabrioletThe 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is in a market all its own. Yes, there are other convertibles, including the soft-top Jeep Wrangler, but the CrossCabriolet is different from all other entries for being both a large, luxurious drop-top and an SUV, according to Cars.com editor Bill Jackson.

2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

By Colin Bird | August 1, 2011 | Comments (3)

2012 Nissan Lineup: Ch-Ch-Changes

2012 Versa sedanFor the 2012 model year, Nissan will refresh the Maxima, add a Special Edition Package to the Rogue and increase the standard features on the Leaf. The automaker released the planned model-year changes for its lineup this week.

Nissan also plans to continue to sell the old Versa hatchback alongside the completely redesigned Versa sedan, which was first shown at the 2011 New York International Auto Show.

Continue reading below for more detailed information.

By Colin Bird | June 14, 2011 | Comments (9)

Reader Review of the Week: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

Reader Review

The Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is an odd beast, and we give the automaker credit for coming up with something so bold. The model is only now reaching dealerships, and “Adam the car guy” of La Quinta, Calif., is probably one of the first people to acquire this distinctive droptop. Continue reading below to see what Adam thinks about the convertible crossover so far. Once you’re done reading the review, you can submit your own car review here

By Colin Bird | May 26, 2011 | Comments (6)

Lance Armstrong in a Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

We can thank the explosion of social media for many things. The most recent is the photo above of famed cyclist Lance Armstrong in the driver’s seat of the upcoming 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet. 

The image, and others, are posted on Nissan’s Facebook page and were taken at a Nissan event in California.

Since it’s one of the first in-the-wild shots of the controversial convertible/crossover, we thought it worthy of posting. The fact that the Nissan spokesman and seven-time Tour de France winner is behind the wheel is just an odd bonus.

There’s a bonus picture of Armstrong behind the wheel of the Nissan Leaf and it appears to be going 94 mph. Although, maybe the cyclist has it switched to kilometers.

By David Thomas | December 8, 2010 | Comments (7)

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