Nissan Cube 2009 Review


The new Nissan 5-passenger Cube is all set to make a grab of the market with its outlandish design and concepts.  All Cubes come with a 122-horsepower, 1.8 liter DOCH 16-valve 4-cylinder engine and the other specifications varying with the trim.

While the automatic Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) remains elective in the S trim Cubes, it is a standard option on the SL and Krom trims.  The $19,930 priced SL trim comes with the $1,600 Preferred Package, which includes the remote keyless entry, push-button start, Bluetooth, and a rear sonar system, a $230 Interior Design Package with the carpets and a shag dash, a $100 Vehicle Alarm Sensor, and a $490 Interior Illumination Package that includes a 20-color accent lighting system and stainless steel kick plates. The fully loaded 6-speed manual transmission Krom trim also has a unique body design, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a lot of interior lights, and Rockford Fosgate audio system for a cost less than $20,000.

The interiors are meant to be stylish and offer a comfortable ride. Cube comes with standard features like air-conditioning with in-cabin microfilter, power windows and door locks, and a CD system with aux jack. The SL trim enjoys an automatic headlight system and enhanced audio system. The S trim, on the other hand, presents steering wheel-mounted controls, cruise control, additional two speakers and interior lights and pockets. Even though the second-row seats do not fold forward, it has rear-hinged tailgate opening like a door and wrap-around windows.

For the safety, Nissan has brought in six standard airbags including roof-mounted bags, and with Zone Body Construction, high-strength steel side-door guard beams, and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). The ABS, Vehicle Dynamic Control, Traction Control System, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Nissan’s Vehicle Security System and the Rear Sonar System give it greater gravity and control. But the limited cargo area might pose a source of worry to the owners.

It offers 28/30 mpg city/highway fuel efficiency besides being announced as a Low Emissions Vehicle.  The costs typically range around $13,990 and $19,370. While the S trim comes at $14,690, the SL at $16,790 and the Krom at $19,370, opting out of the Rear Sonar System can leave a saving of $1,600.

To conclude, compared to its competitor the Scion xB, Nissan Cube enjoys lower price by $3.5k, and better mileage than Scion xB’s 24 mpg besides a hinged door, making the option worth consideration.


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