2009 Nissan Cube Review: Autobots, the Allspark has been located!

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The Cube 1.8 SL looks, drives, and feels more expensive than its $19,930 sticker price. It most certainly exceeded my expectations going in. My wife and I are seriously considering buying one of these babies in the future, with its combination of quirky looks, decent performance, vast interior space and great MPG. It would have been the perfect car back in high school or college, but it’s not how old you are, but how old you feel and act that counts. I’m sure I’m not Nissan’s target consumer for the Cube, but like Toyota with the Scion, I’m sure it’ll get lots of buyers that are older than the Gen Y demographic they’re after. You definitely get more quirkiness per dollar with the Cube, more so than the Honda Element, Kia Soul and even the class leading Scion xB.

Nissan Cube

Who should buy it?
If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you should buy the Cube.

  • Have you ever looked at gold fish in a water tank and thought, “I think I’d rather enjoy that”?
  • Are you claustrophobic?
  • Do you like boxy things?
  • Do you think of yourself as the artsy-fartsy type?
  • Do you like modern art?
  • Are you hard of hearing?

Go ahead! Just do it! You would love this Cube!

So the Nissan Cube is definitely not for everybody. It’s more of a love at a first sight thing. You either fall in love with it or you hate it. If you find yourself scratching your head and asking: “But why?”, it’s not for you. It won’t grow on you. It won’t try to. But if you’re looking for a spacious compact wagon that has no shortage of character and plenty of interior space and a great MPG, this is the one.

Build Interior Performance Handling Styling Value Overall
Rating 4.0 5.0 4.0 3.75 5.0 5.0 4.5/A-

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Nissan Cube Specs

2009 Nissan Cube Specs

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  • Derek says:

    When is a square not a square? A look at the Nissan cube will tell you. Silly thing won’t fit a bike inside, though.

  • Dawn says:

    Thanks for the article, and yes the Nissan Cube exceeds expectations. I had the choice at the rental car dealer of the Nissan Cube or a subcompact; I chose the Cube. If nothing else, I thought, I would live wild for a week. Well, let me say, this car can grow on you by exceeding your expectations. It handles well, is spacious, gets great fuel mileage, is comfortable, cleans up easy after the kids spill their snack and smear the seat with sunscreen, and the visibility…wonderful for a petite woman. I have found that the verticle design of the A, B, and C pillars increases visibility for me. I once drove my sister’s Ford Taurus back when it looked like a flattened oval; there were blind spots everywhere and petite me couldn’t tell where the hood or trunk ended keeping me in fear of running into something the entire time I drove th car. The Cube lets you see everything. My 6+ ft husband fits comfortably and was even impressed with the handling after years of driving sports cars that hug the road. When I need to buy another car, I’ll look hard and long at the Cube before I make my final decision. If they would only make it with a solid diesel engine like the 1.8 L Isuzu that was in my ’85 Chevette I’d be signing the purchase agreement.

  • Margaret says:

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  • Justin says:

    I bet it won’t be too long before the guy that designed this contraption will be in the unemployment line with the guy who designed the Pontiac Aztek.

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