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2009 Nissan Cube Wagon

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2009 Nissan Cube Wagon

Benefits of Driving a 2009 Nissan Cube Wagon

The Cube utilizes Nissan's economical 1.8L 4-cylinder engine also used in the Versa. The upright box-like styling also allows for seating for 5 passengers as well as 11 cubic feet of cargo space inside. The Cube's unusual styling is a stylish alternative to other boxy compacts, such as Scion's xB and the new Suzuki SX4.

What's new for 2009?

The Nissan Cube is new in the North American market for 2009. The Cube has been a feature in Japan since 2002, where it is now in its third generation.

Model Strengths

  • Modern styling
  • compact maneuverability
  • versatile, roomy interior
  • ABS and side airbags standard

Model Review

Nissan recognized the renewed success of the subcompact market in North America and promptly brought over their Cube for 2009. It's powered by a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine found also in Nissan's other subcompact, the Versa. The engine makes 122 horsepower in the Cube. Two transmissions are available ? a 6-speed manual or continuously variable transmission.

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2009 Nissan Cube SL

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The 2009 Nissan Cube is the most polarizing vehicle we've driven this year, and maybe ever.

On one hand, you had people who gave the thumbs up as we rolled past them, and said stuff like "Cool car," or "That's so neat."

These people were mostly younger folks, who, one might surprise, like a vehicle that could be described as funky.

But on the other hand, there were people who, upon seeing the Cube, looked like they had just tasted anchovy ice cream. "What is that?" they asked with disdain. "Ewww" a few even said.

Well, the Cube is the latest in a new breed of wagonish, small SUVish, tiny minivanish-type vehicles that have hit the market over the past few years, touting their good fuel economy, functionality, reasonable sticker prices and, yes, their unconventional designs.

Some of the others in this lot include the Scion xB, Kia Soul, Mini Cooper Clubman and Honda Element.

They're supposed to appeal to young, hip, urban people, and in many cases they do. But they also have found a fan base among older folks who appreciate the functionality that doesn't come in as large a package as a bona fide minivan or SUV.

The Cube lives up to its name, with its nearly cubical shape. But Nissan threw in a few far out design details to make it even more distinctive.

The rear door opens at the side and is hinged on the left; the rear window wraps around the right rear corner and right side of the Cube.

Some people loved that. Others hated it.

The windows have a frame, and the B pillar on each side draws inward. In the front, there are wide-set headlights and plenty of horizontal lines.

There are numerous rounded corners that blend with, or clash with, depending on your perspective, the straight lines.

The interior has its own individuality, but it's also functional, and whether you like how this car looks or not, you have to give it some major practicality points.

It's a pretty tall interior, with abundant headroom up front.

On the dash, you get a pair of scooped shelves, and other rounded shapes. But perhaps the most unusual touch was the circular piece of shag carpeting on top of the dash.

I think it was designed to let you put something there like a cell phone or iPod or whatever, but when I tried that out, the items still shifted around and I had to end up fetching them from the corner of the dash, where it meets the windshield.


The Cube has a 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine linked to an Xtronic CVT automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

Our tester had the manual.

Gas mileage was good; we got about 31 mpg in mostly highway driving. The driving dynamic was actually a bit more spirited than we expected from this type of car.

Maneuverability was pretty good and acceleration was solid. At no point did the engine feel inadequately powered.

Braking was firm, and you didn't feel like you were riding in a little economy box that jarred you on each bump in the road.

The engine is easygoing, and while not library quiet, didn't make you shout over it to be heard by your fellow riders.

As for comfort, the front seats are supportive and the back seat was quite roomy and had a center armrest. It also can be moved forward or back and reclines slightly.

Cargo capacity is pretty good. The backseats fold down. You also get little storage areas like door pockets, dash cubbies on both sides of the steering wheel and cup holder.

Visibility is great -- no surprise when you consider the ample greenhouse. The larger corner window helps when parking. There is good forward visibility for the driver, too.

The Cube gives you each of the safety features that come on more expensive wagons, including six airbags - front side airbags and side-curtain bags for front and rear occupants - and front-seat active head restraints. Add in electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist, all standard.

The Cube has four models: base 1.8, 1.8 S, 1.8 SL, and 1.8 Krom.

The base is well-equipped - remote keyless entry, power windows, air conditioning, a trip computer, and a sound system with auxiliary input. The 1.8 S has cruise control, map lights, and a host of upgraded interior appointments, while the 1.8 SL is only offered with the CVT and includes alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and an upgraded sound system with iPod connectivity.

The Krom has a roof spoiler, a chrome grille with horizontal bars, bright painted alloy wheels, interior accent lighting, aluminum pedals, and a different front and rear fascia, plus various extras, such as Bluetooth, steering-wheel audio controls, and a Rockford Fosgate subwoofer.

The only factory option is the SL Preferred, which has push-button ignition, Intelligent Key, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, XM Satellite Radio, an upgrade to Clarion speakers, and the subwoofer.

This category of vehicles loves to tout its customization capability, and the Cube is no exception with more than 40 dealer-installed accessories to customize.

At $13,990 for the base model, the Cube offers a compelling value. Love it or hate it.

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Original Warranty  help
Original Warranty
An original warranty is the warranty associated with a vehicle when it is brand new. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Also, an act of Federal law sometimes provides protection for certain components, like emissions equipment.
The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including:
Basic Warranty:
Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Examples of non-covered items are brake pads, wiper blades and filters.
Drivetrain Warranty:
This warranty covers items the basic warranty does not protect. Wear and tear items such as hoses will not be covered, but key items like the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft often will be.
Roadside Assistance:
The level of service differs greatly with this warranty, but many manufacturers offer a toll-free number that helps provide assistance in case you run out of gas, get a flat tire or lock your keys in the car.
Corrosion Warranty:
This warranty focuses on protecting you from holes caused by rust or corrosion in your vehicle's sheet metal.
Please check the owner's manual, visit a local dealership or look at the manufacturer's website to learn more about the specifics of the warranties that apply to a vehicle.

Basic 3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain 5 Years/60,000 Miles

Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty. Only Nissan models less than 6 years old and under 80,000 miles qualify for the Nissan Certified Pre-Owned program. The CARFAX® Vehicle History Report ensures your vehicle has a clean title history.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer & less than 80,000 miles.
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 167 point comprehensive Certified Pre-Owned Inspection and reconditioning. Inspection includes OEM service bulletins and recalls, diagnostic trouble codes, powertrain/chassis, body frame, road test, interior and body exterior.
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes for the duration of the 7 year/100,000 mile limited warranty from the original in-service date of the vehicle.
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty No/Yes with the purchase of the CPO Wrap Coverage at time of sale. Fee to transfer is estimated to be $50
Warranty Deductible $50 per claim

Learn more about certified pre-owned vehicles

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