The ugly truth about the Nissan Cube –

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The ugly truth about the Cube

In the interests of fairness and before I explain why the Nissan is the worst car I#039;ve driven year, bar none. let me list its points.

In the interests of fairness and before I explain why the Nissan is the worst car I#039;ve driven year, bar none . let me list its points.


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Well, the liked it. Loved it, in fact. was plenty of space for them and they even raved the comfort of the seat fabric. Rev the dad! said my normally eldest in the schoolyard.

We#039;re in an box of ugly! yelled my grinning to his friends through the window the tiered rear seat, Dan Neil, the Pulitzer-winning auto

That#039;s about it, though, and really searching for something here. I didn#039;t like car at all. If it were teetering on the of a cliff, I#039;d push it

It#039;s not because of the unusual in sunglasses styling, as Nissan it. I don#039;t mind the boxiness at A few years ago, we almost a Honda Element as the family put off in the end only by its limitation of just seatbelts. (How would we my mother with the two boys? my wife. I didn#039;t see the problem but her vote won the day.)

Who are you – the Borg? a friend when she saw me pulling up in the She didn#039;t appreciate that the Star Trek spaceship had of well-designed space inside for an army of Borg warriors and equipment.

In fact, there are of people who love the style. The been sold in Japan for than a decade, with success once it was smoothed for a second generation in 2002.

Its looks are intended to appeal to people.�

In fact, though, it probably more to older drivers – with enough years on to appreciate a vehicle that#039;s to climb into and out of.

It#039;s not about the space inside. is the tallest vehicle I#039;ve since the Dodge Sprinter van.

I#039;m six-feet (183 cm) and there was a good 10 cm of above my head before the styled roof liner; the is cleverly shaped like a in a pool, complementing the other of the interior.

And it#039;s not about the The base model Cube S I drove for a week has a list of two bucks under $17,000 its $1,325 Freight and PDI, and all the various taxes).

That#039;s on the money for a five-seater with ABS six airbags, traction control and head-restraints.

This was the manual – the automatic Continuously Variable version costs $1,300

That CVT gets slightly gas mileage than the stick. claims 6.6 L/100 km highway (43 8.3 L (34 m.p.g.) city, and I saw a combined of 7.6 L/100 km (37 m.p.g.), which I isn#039;t bad. Amazingly to the posted figures, in fact.

So why was car so truly awful? It#039;s just best if I list its

First off, it#039;s Not loud from the 1.8 L engine, is taken from the more compact Versa, but loud wind on the highway. Loud you need to raise your talking to passengers if driving at speeds.

Maybe this is of the football-field-sized vertical glass, into the slipstream and ripping it like a cheap jacket by barbed wire. All that does provide great – ooh, there#039;s a positive – but it comes at a price.

The biggest of the boxiness, again on the highway, is its to wind gusts. Admittedly, we had high winds in Ontario I drove the Cube, but it blew relentlessly all over the lane on 401.

It was not relaxing.

Combine that a suspension so soft that it and yawed like a floundering and you can begin to appreciate my disdain.

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All might even be manageable a tightly clenched jaw and a firm on the steering wheel, except the driver#039;s seat is more of an chair than a place to into. You sit at the controls as if you#039;re at the table, which you may even be, the vast, flat shelf above the instruments.

Go around a of corners and the flat seat you slip from side to Driving at below the recommended on highway ramps, the car tipped to one on its spongy springs and then me some more from the itself.

Hit a bump anywhere and the jerked up as if it was an ejector, loosely in its front-rear floor sliders.

It#039;s just not comfortable. How is it? I had to make a long trip that week and left the parked, preferring to take my own old sedan with its strewn cups and stained velour.

that was my problem with it. a car that#039;s designed for urban with a tight turning and not much speed, and it doesn#039;t highways and road trips at

Let me continue until I run out of space in no particular order:

When the gearshift from fifth to gear (and it needs a gear), the shifter automatically to slide back down to instead. It takes a conscious to keep it pushed to the right to into the correct gear.

The are in the wrong place. There#039;s one on the in front of the steering wheel, has a space for the cup#039;s handle on its which is the wrong side for it. The in the centre, down by your are a difficult stretch to reach.

There#039;s less room there should be for luggage in the It would be better if the rear tipped up completely, rather just their backs, but the way it is, a short amount of deep well below the lip (making it for dogs) that#039;s then by the split rear bench.

a tonneau cover that loosely over stuff in the back, but there#039;s nowhere to this cover out of the way when not in use. It#039;ll end up in the garage,

Which is where the entire should be, I reckon.

Mark is the editor of Wheels. He can be reached at

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