Nissan Cube Full Review

The Nissan Cube is able to provide consumers with great practicality, the best value, wondrous reliability and the highest gas mileage and safety features. The Japanese produced mini MPV has been available to consumers since 1988. The Cube was originally sold exclusively in Japan, and entered the European and North American markets in 2009 and was discontinued within the European market in 2011. It was creative to be an alternative to the Nissan March hatchback that carries a slightly increased carrying load. In 2014, the Cube returned to being a vehicle that is sold only within Japan.

Nissan Cube front

Nissan Cube Engine Power

The five door hatchback hosts five engine options that include the following: an I4 1.5 liter HR15DE, I4 1.6 liter HR16DE, 1.5 liter K9K I4 dCi and 1.8 liter I4 MR18DE. The engine options are mated with either continuously variable transmission (CVT), five speed manual or six speed manual transmissions. The Nissan Cube has the ability to achieve 28 mpg city and 30 mpg highway due to its Xtronic CVT transmission.

Nissan Cube rear

In 2008, Nissan presented the EV-02 test vehicle that contained an 80kW motor along with lithium ion batteries. The automotive manufacturer claimed, at the time, that this version of its Cube would boast a body style that as truly unique and not based upon the existing style with a 2010 market introduction. Unfortunately, the only production of an electric Nissan vehicle came on the form of the Leaf and it was based upon the Tiida.

Nissan Cube Specs

The third generation of the vehicle (which was sold within the United States) made its debut at the 2008 Los Angeles International Auto Show and began American sales on May 5, 2009. The updated Cube featured a more curved and rounded styling that varied slightly from previous versions. The most striking if the evolutionary alterations were featured in the asymmetrical rear window, rear bumper and the windows for the front passenger and driver. The hatch was hinged so that it would open along the vertical axis (towards the cur) which assisted with unloading and loading while parked on crowded urban streets.

Nissan Cube interior

The seating for the vehicle has remained steadfast at five adult passengers since its conception. The interior features a design that cloaks the curves of a Jacuzzi as a measure to promote an environment that is both social and comfortable. The headliner hosts a water ripple motif that is repeated within cup holders and covers for the speakers. In order to encourage consumers to personalize the vehicle, Nissan developed an extensive line of accessories for the Cube. Multicolor appliques are able to be placed about the window switches, air vents, and utility hooks. LED accent colors can be utilized about cup holders and as foot well lighting; while a piece of color coordinated, sculptured shag carpet sits on top of the dash within a shallow well.

Nissan Cube Price

A recall that took place in 2010 affected more than 46,000 Nissan Cube’s. The recall was due to the automaker neglecting to be in compliance with “Fuel System Safety” as ordained by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Transversely, at the time of the recall, the Nissan Cube had been celebrated for being one of the Kelly Blue Book’s “Top 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000”.

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