2009 Nissan Cube S

The Good The 2009 Nissan Cube S's distinctive style combines with a very practical, spacious interior. Electronic road-holding technology is standard, and the car exhibits excellent urban driving characteristics.

The Bad Although the S trim is in the middle of the lineup, it has no cabin tech--not even MP3 CD playback. The best thing that can be said for it is the stock stereo should be easily replaceable.

The Bottom Line Although the 2009 Nissan Cube S features good design and performance for urban areas, it completely fails as a tech car. Move up to the SL trim, and useful cabin electronics become available.

Editors' Rating
  • Cabin tech 2.0
  • Performance tech 8.0
  • Design 8.0
4.9 Overall

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Review

2009 Nissan Cube S


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2009 Nissan Cube S

With its new Cube model, Nissan seems intent on outdoing the Honda Element and Scion xB for polarizing style. Some people are going to hate the 2009 Nissan Cube's looks, and some people are going to love it. But nobody can deny the practicality of the massive amount of space inside and the large load area made possible by the side-hinging rear hatch.

Although it's not big on horsepower, it is zippy enough for running around town, and it's economical. Our biggest complaints deal with cabin tech--there isn't any in the S trim model we tested, nor in the base model. You have to get the top-of-the-line SL trim version to get anything tech-related from the factory.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $19,370
  • Brand Nissan
  • Trim levels Cube
  • Available Engine Gas
  • Body style Wagon
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