The 2011 Nissan Cube
, also known as a "box on wheels," is a compact wagon with so many cool configurable features that you can truly personalize it to your own style and tastes. Equipped with just a 1.8 liter inline-four engine delivering 122 horsepower joined to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission, the Nissan Cube's design intentionally favors style over performance.
Among the many cool features on the Cub are rear reclining seats, a lounge style interior, a concentric circle designed headliner, asymmetrical wraparound side and rear windows, shag carpeted dash, accent lighting in the cabin, and refrigerator styling opening rear doors. The Cube sports 15 inch wheels, a torsion beam rear suspension, rear drum brakes, a great navigation system, and a backup camera. Nissan has equipped the Cube with their standard safety features, and the little wagon gets fuel economy in the 25 mpg city/30 mpg highway range.
New for 2011
For the model year 2011, the Nissan Cube received a new exterior color, as Golden Ginger was replaced by Moss Green. The 1.8 SL engine with the Preferred Package and the 1.8 S Krom Edition received an enhanced SD card-based navigation system with real-time traffic updates. And in California, the Cube got an improved emissions certification and is now certified as LEV2-SULEV.
Engine: 1.8L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, CVT
Body Style: Wagon
Trims: Base Wagon, S Wagon, SL Wagon, S Krom Wagon
On the Outside
Since the funky Nissan Cube continues to wow people with its unique asymmetrical rear windows and refrigerator-style rear door, no significant changes were made to the exterior for 2011. However, a 1.8 S Krom Edition exterior sport package with 16-inch alloy wheels was added.
From the Inside
Inside the Cube, a "groovy" lounge atmosphere and curvy designs greet you. There's a sofa-style rear bench seat that reclines, an optional headliner with "Water Drop" concentric circles, and wavy shapes on the gauges, doors, and seats.
Designed to be more of a hang out than a powerhouse, the Nissan Cube's 1.8-liter I-4 engine with 122 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque is simply adequate. The Cube has a plush ride, thanks in part to front strut/rear torsion-beam suspension, and the rear drum brakes are a caution to drive sanely.
Standard on the Nissan Cube are front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Also standard are front-seat active head restraints, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
25 mpg city/30 mpg hwy (manual); 27 mpg city/31 mpg hwy (CVT)
- Roomy interior
- Great fuel economy
- Adventurous styling
- Plenty of customizable features
- Compact design
- Lack of powers
- Customs cost
- Not so much cargo room
For those who use their cars as hang outs
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