|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2010 Nissan Cube
|SL||1.8L I-4||FWD||CVT||9.3 sec||17.2 sec @ 80.9 mph||27/31/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2009 Nissan Cube
|S||1.8L I-4||FWD||6M||9.1 sec||17.0 sec @ 81 mph||24/29/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|S||1.8L I-4||FWD||CVT||9.3 sec||17.2 sec @ 81.3 mph||28/30/23.5 mpg||Motor Trend|
2008 Nissan Cube
|e-4WD (Japan Spec)||1.4L I-4 + Elec||AWD||4A||13.3 sec||19.5 sec @ 68 mph||----/----/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
About Nissan Cube
The Nissan Cube has always sparked debate, beginning with the question of what is it, exactly? For some, this boxy ride is a tall wagon, while others say it is more of a crossover, and there are those who’ll tell you that the Cube is a van. Whatever it is, or isn’t, there’s no getting around the fact that the 2014 Cube is unique when it comes to style.
The first impression you get from the Cube is that it really does look like a cube or box. The design might resemble a washing machine on four wheels, but on the other hand, the flared sheetmetal, beveled windows and asymmetrical windows give it a distinct appearance that’s quite sophisticated. Combined with the Cube’s low aero and you’ll see that there’s really a sense of style here. The interior has been jazzed up too with its casual lounge theme, shag dash accessory and rippled roof. The Cube is a lot of fun to be sure, but it’s also highly functional.
When you look inside it’s clear that the side hinged rear hatch is opened at the left, interrupting the window line that moves around the vehicle’s rear. The headlights are set apart, emphasizing its tough look, and this is complemented by horizontal lines and a rounded snout. For all its unique features, it’s the upright rear style and vertical sides that draw attention.
The small box concept is used in other vehicles but they don’t make the most of the space like the Cube does. However distinct the styling is, Nissan hasn’t lost touch of the important elements because the controls are well integrated and within reach.
Engine and Driving Performance
The Cube is still car-based, and with its low center of gravity is quite sporty and has a personality all its own. Powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 122 HP, the Cube runs along nicely, either with the CVT (continuously variable automatic transmission), or the 6-speed manual gearbox. However this isn’t a sports car so don’t expect to fly into corners or burn the track.
The Cube driving experience is a good one, and it’s ideal for those who want something practical and dependable. This isn’t the most powerful crossover in the market and it doesn’t claim to be, but it does what it’s supposed to do, bring you to your destination comfortably. Of course it doesn’t hurt that you’ll make heads turn when your ride passes by.
Comfort, Seating and Other Features
The Cube also scores points on the comfort level as it’s cozier than the other crossovers and sedans available today. There’s a bit of wind noise when you’re going at highway speeds but it’s not really a major concern. Aside from the comfortable seats, the Cube has some cargo space although it’s clearly designed more for passengers. As far as versatility goes the Cube does a decent job optimizing space, and the front seats in particular are very good.
There isn’t much side bolstering on the seats, and unless you’re going into a corner hard, this won’t be a cause for concern. The back seat has room for two or three adults and they slide and recline easily. The recline doesn’t go all the way nor does it flip forward, so putting large cargo inside requires some work.
There are two trims available, the S and SL, with manual transmission available only on the S. The S has a lot of nice features but the SL takes it up another level with iPod connectivity, an upgraded sound system and Bluetooth support. In addition, the SL has an Intelligent Key system, alloy wheels and auto climate controls, all of which add that extra oomph to an already stylish ride.
If that’s not enough, you should order the Preferred Package as it includes an SD based navigation system complete with XM NavTraffic capabilities, and you also get top of the line fog lamps, an XM satellite radio and Rockford Fosgate audio with subwoofer. Still not enough? Go to your dealer and you’ll find more than 40 different accessories ranging from decals to custom wheels to cargo organizers and more. As Nissan points out, this is as much about style as it is substance.
- Engine Type: gas
- Fuel Economy (CTY/HWY): 27/31 mpg
- Transmission: variable speed automatic
- Bluetooth: Yes
- Heated Seats: No
- Drivetrain: front wheel
- Cylinders: inline-4
- Width: 5 ft. 6.7 in. (66.7 in.)
- Length: 13 ft. 0.7 in. (156.7 in.)
- Horsepower: 122 hp @ 5200 rpm
- Torque: 127 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm
The Nissan Cube may look weird, and people will argue about its style, but one thing everyone can agree on is the fact that it’s very serviceable. Say what you will about its appearance, but there’s no question the Cube offers good value for your money and presents a smooth, quiet ride.
To learn more about Nissan Cube, visit the official Nissan website.
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