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Nissan Cube

funflackfunflack Posts: 1
Does any body know about the release of the intresting car, and if it will have the electroic rear wheel drive system that has me so pumped up?


  • kb4kb4 Posts: 6
    I haven't seen nor heard ANYTHING about this car. Izzzzzzznt it supposed to come out in 2008?
  • chris777chris777 Posts: 126
    I'll just bump this as it not looks like its now a 10 according to edmunds, I was looking at possibly waiting, but not 2 years, their loss.
  • Actually the 2010 Nissan Cube will come out in the Spring of 2009. Only 10 more months to go!
  • Nissan will unveil the third-generation Nissan Cube at the Los Angeles Auto Show this coming Wednesday (11/19/2008). From the spy pictures I've seen, the new Cube will be a tad less "squarish" than the current JDM model (probably due to the need to meet NHTSA safety standards), but will be roomier than the current model, too. Because it's built on the same platform as the Nissan Versa, expect Nissan to offer the same 1.8-liter I-4 engine with either five-speed manual or CVT automatic like the Versa offers.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I'd rather it have the 1.4 liter and get 40 mpg.
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    They ruined it. And we will only get the 1.8 liter (Hey Nissan, some of us would like 40 mpg!) The Cube was at the top of my list. Not any more. They must have used GM's design department for this new model. What a shame.
  • The problem is that even on the older model, the 1.5-liter I-4 was woefully underpowered for the Cube--and that's on the JDM version! Given that the new Cube is based on the same platform that spawned the Nissan Tiida/Versa model, that's why they could use the 120 bhp engine from the Versa. :)
  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I've owned cars with around 80 hp that had top speeds of about 90 mph. The car magazines and sites like Edmunds have convinced the American public that there is never enough power. It really does not matter if a car takes 4 seconds or 14 seconds to get to 60 mph.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I agree with you. Peel off the Nissan badge and an 'xB' badge would be quite at home. Bring back the funky looks and the fuel-efficient engine.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • iamziamz Posts: 542
    I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in my thinking.
  • I'm surprised there is so little discussion on the new Cube. I really thought it would generate much more interest by now -- only 12 posts so far, including mine! I'm very excited this car is finally coming over. I was a big fan of the original xB (didn't buy one though), but I think this car has promise to outshine that car. And I wouldn't even consider the current xB -- too much of a porker, lack of originality (sell-out), and no longer a value for those of us looking for an ideal mix of utility/style/economy. I think the 2009 Cube looks very promising though.

    From the pics released, I already know I like the interior/exterior of the car, but need to experience the "feel" of the inside & the space utilization first-hand. Space/hauling ability is very important to me, since I have frequent need for it. Anyhow, I'd like to know more about the drivetrain, suspension, weight, economy, and price. I know it is slated to get the Versa 1.8 litre and 6-speed manual or CVT. Not sure if that is a good thing or not though, as I've never driven a Versa. I've read of some complaints about that drivetrain. Seems like some people only get low to mid 20's mpg, while others get mid-30's (rated 27/33 for the CVT). Not sure why so much variability. However, given the ratings on the Versa, I've got to believe the Cube will be heavier, and will thus be less than 27/33. I certainly hope it's not lower though. I'd like to see city mpg at 30+ and hwy at least upper 30's, but guess I may need to get more realistic about that.

    Space-wise, I assume it will be similar to the original xB, with perhaps a bit more room. All I can find on it so far is that Nissan says it will be "over 50 cubic feet" of space (while the original xB was rated at 43 cf). I think the closest competitor now would probably be the Honda Fit, which is a car I also find quite interesting, though doesn't have near the personality of the Cube. The new Fit is rated at 57.3 cf, though last year was only 41.9 cf. Edmunds mentioned that some of that difference is from the slightly larger redesign, but that most of it is likely because this year they may be counting the space above the foldable front passenger seat. Not sure if Cube has that feature. I've seen weight estimates of 2,560 lbs for the Cube (compared to original xB of 2,395 lbs and new Fit of 2,604 lbs). The Fit with Automatic is rated at 28/35. If that's all Honda can crank out of the Fit, I'm sure the Cube will be a little less....probably 26/32 -- that's my guess.

    I have been a Honda/Toyota/Mazda guy in the past, but never owned a Nissan. I've heard some quality gripes lately of Nissan, particularly of the Versa. Not sure if those gripes are major or minor items though. I would feel confident of Honda/Toyota/Mazda quality, but Nissan is simply an unknown for me. Also, Edmunds has knocked the Versa as being "boring" on the driving experience. I certainly don't expect anything terribly dynamic, given the cubic design, but hope it's at least this side of "boring." I do like something that's got at least a little attitude in the driving/handling department. Oh, and please be quieter inside than a Honda (my biggest gripe about Hondas in general).

    Some other specs I've seen on the Cube:
    Standard Safety items include -- ABS with EBD and Brake Assist; VDC; Traction Control; Tire Pressure Monitoring; 6 air bags; Active Head Restraints. This is a pretty impressive safety list for an economy car in my opinion.

    Also standard: 6-way manual driver seat; 4-way manual passenger seat; Armrests front & back (take note Honda!); Sliding & Reclining rear bench that moves 6 inches fore/aft (0", 3.9", 6" settings); An awesome 32.8 foot turning radius; Power windows w/ auto-down for driver; Power Locks; Variable front wipers and intermittent rear wipers; 12-volt power outlet; Speed-sensitive Power Steering; Front disc/Rear drum (boo!); MacPherson struts up front & torsion beam rear (boo! -- but pretty typical in this class); 15-inch wheels.

    Some Options: Intelligent Key with Push Button Start; Leather-wrapped steering wheel with Audio Controls; Bluetooth; Rockford Fosgate subwoofer w/ 6 speakers; XM radio; iPod hookup; Rear Sonar a bunch of frivolous design items, if you're into that.

    So overall, I think this could be a real contender for me. My biggest concern remains the mpg ratings. All Nissan will say so far is hwy mpg "above 30." And of course the actual comfort. With 6-way driver seat, should be able to find a good position, assuming seats themselves are comfortable & supportive. Also, hope the steering has tilt/telescope settings. I'm curious to see what others think, and please correct me if I've mis-stated any of the specs above. There's not a lot of concrete info available yet, so some of it may just be speculation....but that's better than nothing I guess.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    I wouldn't worry about the new epa numbers, you should be able to beat them w/o any problems as long as you are not gunning your car at every stop light. Seeing toyota "lost it" with the 2nd gen xb, nissan quickly put together a new cube using the existing versa platform and hardware, smart move. If priced right, it should have pretty good sales numbers.
  • csandstecsandste Posts: 1,866
    Like the flower holder on the Beetle, the shag carpeted dash is a bit much. Thank god it's an add-on.

    Looks considerably smaller than the Soul. Both the Soul and Cube look a lot more appealing than the second gen. xB, but a recent ride in an xB seemed to indicate a competent, if externally ugly car.

    I've never owned a Nissan, but did own two Renaults in the seventies and eighties so odd funky cars appeal to me. If my Malibu Maxx gave up the ghost both the Cube and Soul would be on my short list, as I like odd vehicles that you can cram stuff into.
  • pog4pog4 Posts: 13
    While driving by a Nissan dealer last night I noticed they had a silver Cube sitting out front in all it glory. I pulled over to get a good look and I like it… I think it looks loads better in person and larger than I expected. I was always a fan of the 1st gen XB and to this day still wish I would have bought one, the cube may fill that void. Since I have not driven a cube I would love to hear from those who have and preferably comments on the 6sp manual. I like manuals for their efficiencies but am lost as to why the CVT is rated so much higher in the EPA city test.

    I will be in the market for a new ride later this summer / fall and have been enjoying reading about all the new models. So far I am considering a cube, fit, new prius, insight, mazda3 HB or the upcoming MKVI golf tdi. I know the cars are all over the spectrum but I figure I can get a cheaper fun car like the cube / fit or buy a more expensive fuel saver like the TDI, the fuel saving wont equal out but it’s a way to justify the higher cost to me. The mazda3 isn’t cheep or efficient with the 2.5 but it’s on my list since I am still in love with my 2002 protege5.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    I wonder if the shag is fastened with velcro or the whole dash is really carpeted. I really like the cube but I'm not sure a guy in the mid 40's driving a cube blasting black eyed peas would be allowed to go near public parks.
  • Took the family for a test drive last weekend and liked it so much I put in my deposit for a Krom being delivered next month. We are the proud owners of an original xB 2005 model.(we are keeping it) Not that phony thing they have now. Cube is very similar to original xBox in that it is roomy inside, I fit in front and rear seat comfortably, and I'm 6'4". Beyond that the Cube seats are more comfortable and the extras like factory cruise, steering wheel mounted audio controls and other creature comforts are all there unlike the xB. Performance is better in the Cube although the CVT took getting use to in the test drive I took. I kept waiting for the shift point that never came. Visibility is good. A couple shortfalls are lack of easily accessible large cup holders and the steering wheel does not tilt up far enough to have an unobstructed view of the instrument panel. xB has the top of dash mounted cluster that works well for visibility. Nissan should look to follow xB and Mini Cooper in that regard. I thought about cutting the top section of steering wheel out similar to a plane yoke but might have to wait until warranty expires. (Also don't want to trigger airbag). Overall I think Nissan is picking up the niche that Scion abandoned and it has a winner.
    P.S. "The Shag" is only a small section in the middle. The sales people were all scratching their heads trying to explain it. I suggested besides a conversation piece it might have a practical use to keep things placed on top of dash i.e. sunglasses, from sliding around. I'm with nwng though it may have to go or get at least get a trim.
  • cmhj2000cmhj2000 Se, Pa.Posts: 372
    Had an opportunity to take one for a spin. All in all it was fine. Roomy enough, should be great for around town, which is what it'd be used for if I bought one.

    My only complaint, to date, is the drivers seat belt buckle digs into my hip.
  • moparbadmoparbad Posts: 3,868
    Cube is interesting. If it had sunroof option I'd at least stop at dealer to take a look.
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    I cannot find any data on the ground clearance for the cube without the sill extensions. I would be more interested in the sl vs the Krom model ! :D
  • ghuletghulet Posts: 2,628
    the interior looks nice....modern, but not too funky; I like the window shape and configuration, but the rear end.....I dunno, to me it looks like an old Infiniti J30 with a camper top. ;)
  • ecotrklvrecotrklvr Posts: 519
    "J-30 with a camper top" is priceless! And true. Thanks.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    and I really like it! It's an enormously good value for the money. The downsides are tornado-like wind noise at normal highway speeds, and lots and lots o' leaning in fast turns, but the engine and brakes are more than up to the task, there is tons of room inside for four full-size people, the seats are comfy, the ride is good considering the light weight and short wheelbase, and you GOTTA LOVE the shag carpet on the dash and the rippled ceiling! :-)

    I only wish they had more shag carpeting in it. Would have to get the interior light kit.

    Plus the looks are one of a kind - I have seen the Soul up close now, and it is no comparison IMHO.

    I don't like the CVT at all, I would have to try out a stick shift, but I might get one of these.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

  • sunnyb1sunnyb1 Posts: 4
    Hi All;
    I live in Miami and the ads around here say "$13,990 MSRP" so what do you think a Base Cube w/ manual transmission would go for?
    Thanks for your thoughts!
  • Well we have had our 2009 Cube for 3 months now. The only issues we have had is a recall notice we received from Nissan regarding replacing the rear door exterior handles and the associated internal brackets. Apparently someone had an issue of breaking them off. We use ours often with twin daughters getting in and out all the time and they seem just fine so far. We do have a more troubling problem tho. One of the electronic keys would not work correctly. It will unlock and lock the doors if you push the buttons on the key but the keyless entry will not work. In addition you can not start the car with it unless you put the device right up next to the start button on the dash. We read the manual and it stated that the problem was due to the battery being weak in the keyless device. Even tho the car is brand new and the battery should last at least 2 years we went ahead and bought a new battery and put in the device only to discover that the problem still exist. Has anyone had a similar problem? Any help would be appreciated. One last thing just came to mind. Is it just us or does anyone else think that that big flat windshield on the Cube is some kind of powerful rock magnet? No kidding we get hit by a sizeable rock weekly. Luckily one has not cracked the windshield yet.
  • rara23rara23 Posts: 1
    I have definitely noticed a problem with getting hit with rocks, though this is a common problem in the city where I live. I'm in Calgary, Canada, and the city puts gravel on the road every winter to help with the snow and ice. Come spring, well, let's just say it makes a lot of money for the glass repair companies. Anyway, almost every time I drive down the biggest road in this city, I get hit with a bunch of rocks. I managed to get two chips in my windshield in one week!
  • ben70ben70 Posts: 16
    edited October 2010
    We're looking at the Cube as a possible replacement for our aging Honda Odyssey. However the local Nissan Dealers don't seem to want to sell the Cube steering us to more expensive vehicles. The Cube would serve as our ONLY car for local use and some long-distance trips (less than 500 miles). PBS Motorweek recommends the Cube as a SECOND car rather than an ONLY car. Are any of you Cube owners using a Cube as your ONLY car? We can't afford a new Odyssey.
  • My wife and I have owned our Cube for one year this next month. She drives it 80-100 miles per day commuting to and from work 5 days a week. In addition we have made 2 trips from East Texas to Virginia in it in the last year. The car has not had a single problem other then the one I mentioned in an earlier post regarding the keyless entry remote control device. I would highly recommend the Cube as a primary car. My wife loves hers and this is coming from a person that owned a Lincoln Aviator prior to purchesing the Cube.
  • thekingtheking Posts: 107
    edited October 2010
    Give me a break ! I own a 2010 sl with preferred only late wife was very comfortable and she had many health issues that made her very uncomfortable in many new cars I tested and it is more solid that a 2006 Prius I owned. Get the preferred package...comes with the reverse camera....imho...the best safety feature you can have ! :shades:
  • ben70ben70 Posts: 16
    Does anyone know if Nissan plans to discontinue the Cube like in the UK due to disappointing sales? Personally I like the Cube - no "Chopped" roof like the Scion XB and Soul. Good visibility and practical space utilization. Excellent value.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,726
    I hope not - I love to see these running around! I would be interested enough to think about buying one if there wasn't such deafening wind noise on the highway - I do a lot of highway driving.

    I know dealers had a LOT of trouble moving these when they first came out - they had many leftovers into the new year that ended up being advertised at several thousand off sticker, which is a huge discount for such an inexpensive model.

    2014 Mini Cooper (stick shift of course), 2016 Camry hybrid, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (keeping the stick alive)

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