2013 Nissan cube

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Pros: Unique styling; plenty of space for 5 passengers; standard features.

Cons: Unique styling; numb steering; excessive wind noise; poor acceleration, so-so fuel economy.

Overview
Known for its unique style, 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 practical, comfortable and will definitely turn heads as it cruises down the highway.

You will have no trouble packing in five friends and all of their stuff however this added weight may put a strain on its little 1.8-liter engine. Even when driven normally, it returns fairly disappointing mileage for its size at 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

The Nissan cube has a low starting price but it can get expensive in a hurry when adding packages or other options. Keep in mind that this is generally the case with most vehicles on the market today.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2013 Nissan cube is available in two trim levels- S and SL.

Standard features found on the S includes a 6-speed manual transmission, 15-inch steel wheels, power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, premium cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth® and a 6-speaker sounds system with a CD player, an auxiliary audio jack and an iPod® interface. The CVT® transmission is optional.

The SL adds the CVT® transmission, 16-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlights, push-button start and automatic climate control. The SL is also eligible for the Preferred Package that will add fog lights, a navigation system with a 5-inch touch screen and an upgraded 6-speaker sound system with a subwoofer, satellite radio and a USB port.

Safety
Standard safety equipment includes six airbags, 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Warranty Information
Every new 2013 Nissan cube comes 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
2013 cube S $16,760
2013 cube SL $18,860
Similar Vehicles Base MSRP
2013 Kia Soul $14,400
2013 Scion xB $17,055

Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings 

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

S

1.8-litter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed M/T

25/30

SL

1.8-litter 4-cylinder

FWD

CVT®

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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