2012 Nissan cube

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Pros: Unique Styling; Spacious and comfortable interior; Utility; Price

Cons: Unique Styling; Numb steering; Excessive wind noise; Poor acceleration

Overview
The Nissan cube is certainly an acquired taste and looks like nothing else on the road. Its unique styling conceals a rather tall hatchback that is both practical and comfortable.

You will have no trouble packing in five friends and all of their stuff. All of this added weight may put a strain on its little 1.8-liter engine but when driven normally it does return fairly good fuel economy at 25mpg city and 30mpg highway. Just be careful as it has a low starting price but can get expensive in a hurry when adding packages or other options.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2012 Nissan cube is available in three basic trim levels- the base 1.8, 1.8 S and the 1.8 SL. Standard equipment found on the entry level cube includes 15-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, keyless entry, AC, power everything, cloth upholstery and a 2-speaker sound system with a CD player.

The midlevel S offers upgraded cloth upholstery, armrests, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control and a six- speaker sound system with a USB/iPod® interface. Stepping up to the SL will get you 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, automatic headlights and automatic climate control.

A Preferred Package, which is available on the SL, includes fog lamps, a rearview camera, a navigation system and a premium 6-speaker sound system with satellite radio. This year, a Indigo Limited Edition package is available on S models. It will add 15-inch alloy wheel, unique cloth trims and everything that is included in the Preferred Package with the exception of the fog lamps.

An Aerodynamic body kit and ambient interior lighting are available as stand-alone options that will allow you to personalize your cube.

Safety
Standard safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes with brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags.

Warranty Information
Every new 2012 Nissan has got you covered with limited vehicle coverage for 3 years or 36,000 miles and a limited powertrain warranty for 5 years or 60,000 miles, whichever occurs first. A Federal Emission Performance Warranty is also included as well as other various emission warranties.  Seat belt related components are covered for 10 years/unlimited miles and a tire limited warranty is also included but varies depending on the brand of tire that comes on your new vehicle.

MSRP

Available Trims MSRP
2012 cube 1.8 $14,980
2012 cube 1.8 S $16,580
2012 cube 1.8 SL $18,680
Similar Vehicles  MSRP
2012 Scion xB $17,030
2012 Kia Soul $16,450
2012 Toyota Matrix $19,605

EPA Ratings:

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

cube 1.8, 1.8 S & 1.8 SL

1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine

6-speed manual transmission

25/30

cube 1.8 S & 1.8 SL

1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine

Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission)

27/31

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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