The 2009 Nissan Cube marked the model’s debut in the U.S. and its controversial and somewhat quirky styling means you'll either love it or hate it. This model has been around in Japan for decades. It utilizes a box design to offer the most passenger and cargo space, but it does look a little strange compared to other cars of this size.
Comparisons to a washing machine or even an aquarium are less than flattering, but the model certainly offers plenty of space. It has a tall roof and adjustable back seats, providing more than enough legroom and headroom to comfortably fit two tall adults in the back. It also wins in that it comes with a large number of standard features, but it all depends on whether or not you can overlook its unappealing outer shell. Those choosing to purchase the Nissan Cube will find they have bought a well-equipped hatchback that offers a comfortable ride.
It comes with an impressive list of standard features and drives well around town, so if most of your driving keeps you in urban areas, you'll be pretty comfortable. However, if you tend to drive a lot out in the country, you may find this car lacking, as it creates a lot more noise at higher speeds, and the engine doesn’t punch on the highways.
Body styles: economy-size subcompact hatchback
Transmissions: six-speed manual, CVT
Models: 1.8 Base, 1.8 S, 1.8 SL, 1.8 Krom
The 2009 Nissan Cube represents the first U.S. model of this car design.
The Nissan Cube is a four-door hatchback that comes with standard 15-inch steel wheels, while more luxurious models have 16-inch alloy wheels. The more well-equipped models come with color-keyed side view mirrors, and the top of the range, Krom, has automatic on/off headlights, a chrome grille, and polished16-inch wheels. Its small size makes it a great car for driving around town and it is very easy to park—as the tall windows give excellent all-around visibility.
The Cube really wins with its interior finish. All models come with air-conditioning and a 60/40-split folding and sliding rear seat. A four-speaker stereo with a CD player also comes standard. The S model features cruise control, better quality upholstery, two more speakers, and dual visor vanity mirrors. The next model up, the SL, comes with climate control, iPod integration, and automatic on/off headlights. The top of the range, Krom, has two-tone upholstery, interior accent lighting, iPod integration, a higher quality audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel complete with audio controls.
The SL has an optional Preferred Package that includes keyless ignition/entry, rear park assist, a better quality audio system, satellite radio, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integral audio controls. An optional extra package for this model includes the interior accent lighting kit and an exterior aero kit. Other optional extras include multicolor interior trim pieces, a questionable sounding shag carpet dash topper, and a choice of 20 mood lighting colors. The interior of the Cube has some interesting soft curves, which contrasts with its exterior.
Performance & Handling
The Nissan Cube has a well-sized engine, providing better acceleration than many of its rivals. While the base models come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, the S model offers an optional CVT, which comes standard on the SL and Krom. The Cube offers a pleasant drive and easy maneuverability, but some people may find the steering a little too light at times and somewhat slow to respond. The suspension stays on the soft side, and although this provides a plush and comfortable ride, it does exacerbate the body roll of this model.
The Nissan Cube has front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags, as well as anti-lock brakes (ABS) and stability control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Nissan Cube Base: 24/29 mpg city/highway
Nissan Cube S: 24/29 mpg city/highway
Nissan Cube SL: 28/30 mpg city/highway
Nissan Cube Krom: 28/30 mpg city/highway
- Roomy interior
- Easy to park
- Generous list of standard features
You Won't Like
- Unresponsive steering
- Soft suspension
You'll either love or hate the Nissan Cube
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