• Apr 29, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Nissan Cube.

Let's just get this out of the way right now: this blogger is going to buy one of these cars when they come to America. And I'm a die-hard 385-plus-horsepower sports car owner for years now. And I live in LA. But the Cube is just that great. So Nissan, don't pull a bait-and-switch, please...

The Cube is basic, and makes no attempt to dress it up. In fact, not only is the car not gussied up, but the entire interior of the car I drove was beige. And it was still hot. It's basic done completely right, with tons of cubbies and comfort in an enormous (relatively speaking) cabin and a unified design theme inside and outside that ties it all together.

The 1.5-liter, 107-HP engine has got the giddy-up-and-go, and the car is so much fun to drive that you'll cackle like an old hen every time you throw it around a corner. I admit I won't be buying one in sky blue, and it won't have the third row -- that row is more than a bit optimistic -- but I will have no problem showing everyone I know that "cool" is now spelled "cube."

You can check out the Nissan 360 event site for more details on all the vehicles in Nissan's lineup. In the mean time, be sure to check out the gallery of hi-res photos below.



Our travel and lodging for this media event was provided by the manufacturer.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      yo right!

      I gonna get one of these soon

      Cheers
      http://www.portfolio-europe.com/siteContentCars/index.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      LMAO you kidding right? you probably bought a MacBoook Air too
      • 6 Years Ago
      So does this car have a very thin left C-pillar or no C-pillar at all?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you actually mean the D-Pillar since the C-Pillar is what the rear doors latch onto.

        It is there just blacked-out. You can see it faintly in the side profile. It's also visible with the rear hatch open. It's probably the same size as the one on the right, but that one is surrounded by sheetmetal rather than glass. Interesting design cue.

        I'd still prefer symmetry though. The only asymmetrical car I like is the Lambo Murcielago LP640 with its asymmetric side intakes. But that's oddly more subtle than this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i think it shows great use of space, and has a lot of utility to offer. The 2 box combo with high squared shoulders give much more practical space, since you aren't worried about cd and 'sporty' styling. i have liked both gens fo xB (although the 2nd gen is more to my liking), and i used to own an element whent hey 1st came out (mini honda cargo van with those seats out). my element did a great job of transporting car parts and boxes, moving, etc.
      this cube makes great sense in a crowded city with little parking (SF).
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it comes to the USA like it is, or something very close, with out "Americanizing" it ,This will be the replacement for out Gen1 xB
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thankfully somebody is replacing the xB (the real one) with a worthy successor. The 24mpg xB2 is a pig.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That may be true, but here in the states we did not get the cube first... so the way I see it is if the cube comes here after the xB, then it will replacing the niche that Toyota has abandoned since they've gone for the "bigger is better" crowd, therefore being a worthy successor. Me, I'll be sticking to smaller, efficient cars like this one (due to economic reasons of course).
        • 6 Years Ago
        @zamafir: Yes, the first generation Cube predates the bB by 2 years (released in 1998 versus 2000), however, the current generation, minimalist-styled Cube was introduced 2 years after the bB debuted.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish it was available to Canadian customers... I contacted Nissan, and it's a no no.

      I think it has a electric RWD motordrive (on top of the FWD combustion engine driveline). It acts as an AWD on demand. This would be just perfect for me. I guess I'll have to keep my subaru and its mpg...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I heard about that too, Raoul...i think they called it e4WD? Anyway I totally agree with you, Jonathon; the Cube is cool on many levels. If it actually does hit the US un-molested, i'll get one with e4WD. Hear that, Nissan USA? un-molested!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Raoul, you are correct, pretty sweet little setup, no batteries, at least in the previous gen I drove.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should have started importing this a while ago. I remember C+D raving about it easily three years ago. As a suburban dad of two kids, owner of a constanly muddy dog and huge Hayao Miyazaki fan, this is just about perfect for me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Jonathon, I'm with you, this or the new lUPo, i'll buy either, they're just so darn fun... at least the last cube i drove.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How the heck did they fit that 3rd row in there??
      • 6 Years Ago
      eek! Nissan, don't follow Scion's design direction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks good. i would worry that they will have poor back seat room. they need to make it so the second bench can be put back further, as it doesn't seem as it if will be far enough for us in the states. and, they should add some airbags; lots of them, including side curtain airbags, as i would hate to be in one of these while being side-impacted by a hybrid suv. and, while they are at it, make sure there is some electronic stability control. selling a car this small in the states would go down a lot easier if they put some strong effort in safety technologies.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh yeah, don't forget to put in a 300 hp motor, and a lot of reinforced steel, and stretch it about 12 inches. It should weigh at least 4500 lbs or so, just to be sure. Sure it will get around 25 mpg hwy, but thats good, right?
        • 6 Years Ago
        adding safety doesn't mean it has to be heavy and bloated, and then
        compensated with a larger engine or have low mpg. you should check
        out
        http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=124845
        oddly enough, its the car with slightly more power and much better
        safety equipment that had better mpg and was more practical.
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