2010 Nissan Cube Review

Well I thought I would go along with everyone else and do a little write up about the 2010 Nissan Cube that is set to hit US shores in Spring 2009.  Now you guys all know that I have a soft spot for the quirky, I mean just look at my box, and this new cube is no different.  I love the look of this new cube.  I loved the older cube, the 2nd gen currently in Japan, but I definitely love this new design even more.  It has a serious box complex, but still retains smooth lines and sleek curves.


I went scouring the interwebs to try and find the specs for you guys.  Oddly, even though this new Cube is being discussed everywhere, I had a little trouble digging up the info, but I got it for you guys.  Why?  Because I’m that awesome, ok I lied about that last part.  Anyway, here we go: The Cube should be at dealership lots come Spring.  I hope it makes it in Spring, with this economy you never know what could happen.  The Cube will have a 1.8L DOHC 4-cylinder power plant.  The little engine comes with 122 hp @ 5200 RPM and 127 ft-lbs @ 2800RPM, not bad for a little box.  The Cube will come with two transmission choices: 6-speed manual or Nissan’s CVT automatic.  Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Nissan will be offering it in the AWD like the do in Japan.  The US  is only going to get the Cube in a FWD platform.  But we do get the ABS, stability control, traction control, and front disc brakes.  For those of us that drive in snow these are good things.  A wheel base of only 99.6 in makes this little box more like a go cart.  It should do well on American roads, especially in cities.

You can pick up a new Cube come Spring for $13,990 base.  There will be 4 different models offered by Nissan: 1.8, 1.8S, 1.8SL, and the 1.8 Krom.  The Krom is kind of like the RS’s Scion offers.  It comes with special equipment only offered on the Krom: chrome grille, chrome front bumper accents, sills, spoiler, 16 inch wheels, as well as some interior accents. (Krom pictured below)



This gorgeous green Cube has optional equipment such as the wing, grille, lip kit, hood wing/FFF, and wheels.

On Nissan’s site, they claim that the inspiration for the front was a Bulldog wearing sunglasses.  Now I don’t know how true that is, but it definitely is a cool story.


I really wish the Cube and the original xB could have competed together on US soil.  I think it would have been great to have two boxy vehicles that are very similar compete for the consumer’s attention.  I probably still would have chosen my xB, but I would have more boxy friends.  This Cube and the current xB (xB2) are not direct competitors.  They are two completely different vehicles in almost every way.  The current xB (xB2) is more in competition with the Honda Element, based on size, power, etc.

cube hauler

A shot of a few Japan spec Cubes on the truck.  The top cube looks to have a back-up camera, shnazzy.

Now this is something I found very interesting.  In Japan, the RHD ( right hand drive) Cubes have a reversed rear door.  What I mean is the curve and the handle are all on the other side and the door opens the opposite way of the US spec Cube.  I did not know companies did that.  My guess was because the RHD Cube would get a large blind spot if it had the US spec rear door.


2nd gen Cube next to a 3rd gen Cube and a 370z peaking out back there.

I am glad Nissan is finally capitalizing on the void left with the departure of the 1st gen xB.  I just wonder how the American consumer is going to react to the new Cube.  I know on forums there is a lot of buzz, but I am unsure of how the average American will take the new Cube.  I guess we are all just going to have to wait until Spring to find out.

What are your thoughts on the new Cube?

Photos courtesy of: Jalopnik, Burstaneurysm: Ian, and Carscoop.


12 Responses to “2010 Nissan Cube Review”

  1. 1 Zach
    05/14/2009 at 9:54 PM

    The reason the door swings the other way is so that it swings out opposite to curbside. So for example, if you’re at an airport, you don’t have a door in your way when you’re trying to put your luggage on the sidewalk.

    I think sales will be slow to start. It’s competing heavily with the Kia Soul as well, and while the design fascinates me, I can see it being off-putting to American consumers.

  2. 2 bighindu
    05/17/2009 at 10:52 PM

    I had never thought about that Zach, thank you for the info. It’s completely logical.

    And I agree with you. Because of the market, I think sales will be slow. Mainly people who really really want one will buy them at first. then when the market picks up and people begin to see the Cube more sales will pick up. I don’t think the Kia Soul will take too many customers away from the Cube. From what I have heard and read the Soul interior is cramped and uninviting.

  3. 06/20/2009 at 9:07 AM

    i like cube nice car …….

  4. 4 Allen
    06/20/2009 at 11:45 PM

    I like the Soul’s interior. I thought it was pretty nice. Definitely better than the new xB’s (that’s not hard, is it?). The problem I had with the Soul was that it felt like crap driving it.

  5. 09/06/2009 at 5:03 PM



    If you dig the Cube, you gotta check out these 2 renderings by PCK Studio, a hot rod designer. The Cube and xB and the new age VW Bus. So full of style and function. Now, how do I choose!

  6. 11/05/2009 at 3:42 PM

    i got a cube. loving it.

  7. 7 Marty
    11/07/2011 at 9:46 PM

    I recently purchased a Nissan Cube from a dealer in Toms River, New Jersey. My Cube is parked in my garage each night. I have had the Cube five months now. After a few weeks I noticed scratches by the front left wheel, then some scratches on the hood, and in the back, and so on. Then I got stuck in the recent snow storm here in the northeast (October 2011). My car was covered with several inches of snow and I only had a plastic shovel to clear my car off with. Needless to say my car now has scratches from getting the snow off. There are also several more scratches I cannot attribute to the shovel that I assume were from the highway ride home thru the storm. Unfortunately, the warranty states “If your Nissan is damaged due to an accident or similar cause which destroys the paint and protective coating, have your vehicle repaired as soon as possible. The cost of such repairs is considered the responsibility of the owner.” So the dealer is charging me several hundred dollars to buff out the scratches. So I am making you, the reader, aware that the Nissan Cube comes with a soft paint job that scratches easily. Buyer beware.

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