2009 Nissan Cube 1.8SL new car reviews

Our test car had the Krom package.
Look, room for all your junk.

Better than: Ford Econoline
But not as good as: MINI Cooper
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 71.01

We've seen the Nissan Cube in other lands, and it has finally arrived here for 2009. As it appears, it's basically a rolling box--a conveyance for hauling friends, bikes and stuff.

The Cube does get its share of funkiness, though, including optional equipment like the Shag Dash Topper--we're still not sure what it does--and door handle bungies should you feel the need to lash something to the door panel.

Those options do add up, however, as they raised our car's price from $16,790 to $22,780. At $2550, the Ginormous package added most of the bling: aero kit, 20-color interior accent lights, custom grille and some other shiny bits. The base car starts at $13,990.

We give Nissan props for not equipping the Cube with a wheezer of an engine, a fault that removed some shine from the original xB. Even with the automatic transmission, the Cube's 1.8 was plenty quick enough for us--and our wacky stuff.

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David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

I've seen many Cubes while visiting Japan and always admired them. There's just something cool about having asymmetric windows. No, the Cube won't out-handle a MINI, but it's a practical mover--possibly a perfect car for college. It's also quick enough for normal use.

Also like the MINI, the Cube allows a bit of personalization at the dealership level. No, those options don't come cheap, but for the average buyer it's a quick, easy way to have something that's unique.

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junkbuggie
junkbuggie Reader
12/21/09 6:45 p.m.

I think I would take a ford econoline over this car, I guess I don't get it.

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
4/6/10 11:56 a.m.

I thnk they are ugly.. in a funky cool way

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

We've seen the Nissan Cube in other lands, and it has finally arrived here for 2009. As it appears, it's basically a rolling box--a conveyance for hauling friends, bikes and stuff.

The Cube does get its share of funkiness, though, including optional equipment like the Shag Dash Topper--we're still not sure what it does--and door handle bungies should you feel the need to lash something to the door panel.

Those options do add up, however, as they raised our car's price from $16,790 to $22,780. At $2550, the Ginormous package added most of the bling: aero kit, 20-color interior accent lights, custom grille and some other shiny bits. The base car starts at $13,990.

We give Nissan props for not equipping the Cube with a wheezer of an engine, a fault that removed some shine from the original xB. Even with the automatic transmission, the Cube's 1.8 was plenty quick enough for us--and our wacky stuff.

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