2010 Nissan Cube Review

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Nissan Cube

2010 Nissan Cube


By Katrina

San Francisco Bureau

The Auto


New for is the 5-passenger Nissan Cube another funky mobile wanting a piece of the square pie. You certainly won’t be yourself on any of these rounded-off corners. I’m sure the has taken its fair share of from consumers and reporters for its asymmetrical approach to vehicle

But success with the Scion xB and Element proves there is a for all auto shapes and sizes.

I drove a 2009 Nissan with the SL trim. All Cubes the 122-horsepower 1.8-liter DOCH 4-cylinder engine. The automatic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) is on the S trim and standard on the SL and Krom (a manual transmission is available for the SL and only).

My Cube SL had several packages, such as the $1,600 Package (remote keyless push-button start, Bluetooth, sonar system); a $230 Design Package (carpets and a dash); a $100 Vehicle Sensor; and a $490 Interior Package (a 20-color accent system plus stainless kick plates). Total price came to $19,930.

nice about the Cube is if you went all out and selected a fully Krom trim (all the plus a unique body a leather-wrapped steering wheel audio controls; lot of interior a Rockford Fosgate audio you’d still only a low $20k. The Cube also has a rear tailgate for easy access.


Stylish But Comfortable Results: interior attributes on any Cube air conditioning (with in-cabin CD audio system with jack; power windows and locks. The S trim adds control with steering controls; two more audio and interior lights and pockets.

The SL has an automatic headlight system and audio options; the Krom’s are outlined above. I think will really appreciate the cup holder embedded to the left in the Look up and observe the rippling

Unfortunately the second-row seats did not and tumble forward to create needed additional cargo The rear hinged tailgate opens like a door and the windows almost make up for

Nissan Cube

Reliability Safety Factor: safety features include six airbags in the Cube, which roof-mounted bags. It has Zone Construction, which are front and crumple zones and high-strength side-door guard beams. included are Lower Anchors and for Children (LATCH), Anti-lock System, Vehicle Dynamic Traction Control System, Brake Force Distribution and a Tire Pressure Monitoring

Available is Nissan’s Vehicle System and the Rear Sonar

Cost Issues: If you don’t the look all that attractive on the you might find the price. price starts at $13,990; the S at $14,690; the SL at $16,790 and the Krom Maybe you could opt out for the Rear System in the $1,600 Preferred and save a little (the and size don’t make feature a necessity).

Activity Performance Ability: The and windows are almost comically which gives you a sense of Nissan’s automatic Xtronic CVT or the Variable Transmission takes getting used to. I first this type of transaxle on the Patriot. It doesn#8217;t’ shift gear-to-gear with all the traditional and loud whining, signifying a in gears. Instead, these are layered into one another for a transition.

Nevertheless the 1.8-liter was as peppy as expected for an engine of size and the Vehicle Dynamic gave the car a higher sense of and grip.

The Green Concern: The has bigger engine number the MINI Cooper and garners the gas mileage at 29-mpg; plus, have more room for passengers in the Cube. It is pronounced a Low Vehicle (LEV).


you don’t have as many to personalize the Cube as you do with the xB, the Cube is about $3-5k to own and beats the xB’s average gas of 24-mpg. The hinged door is a plus but the lack of cargo could give you second

©2009 Katrina Ramser

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