"Soft paint job"on by Marty84
Pros comfortable, good mileage
Cons sun visors need to be longer, soft paint
Summary 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.
Pros excellent fuel milage
tons of tech
most unique car on the road today
Cons little more power
needs more 12v outlets (one is not enough)
Summary the most fun car ive owened, excelent for my everyday life with tons of room to spare.
Pros Amazing amount of interior interior space, this really sold me as I'm a big guy. It has sporty handling, fun to drive. The CVT transmission is very cool so far. Sound system is very good. Nice ride.
Cons Could use some more power, esp. off the line. But that's the price for 30mpg. Seats are comfy but could use more lateral support. Only one arm rest on the driver seat, none on the passenger. Need more storage boxes. Engine can be noisy.
Summary It's nice to have a car that is easy to get into and out of, like a SUV, and also get 30mpg, unlike an SUV. So far it's comfortable for all 4 in our family, including 2 large boys. I like the 'fridge door on the back, quick and easy to put stuff in and out. I got the auto HVAC, but prob. would have been fine with the manual system. You have to learn how to drive the CVT, basically you shift with the throttle. The engine will wind up to a fixed speed and the car will accelerate, very different from a shift transmission. When the engine is droning too much, you back off on the throttle a bit. Steering is tight and precise, handles well on the highway. The ride is very nice considering the tiny wheels. I'm getting a real 29mpg, I have a lead foot, so I'm sure it can do much better. The controls are laid out very nicely except for the fuel hatch release. Buried under the dash for some reason., the bluetooth system works great with my Blackberry, voice recognition works well.
Pros SL package with subwoofer absolutely rocks, excellent audio that is well worth it.
Good gas mileage.
More space inside than you might think.
Cons Responds slowly/Tiny Engine.
Hwy mileage is not great due to box design.
Summary We have a 2009 Cube and our family loves it. I'm 6' 6" tall and finding anything other than a minivan or truck to fit with any sort of headroom for me is a major struggle, ditto on shoulder room. Even luxury cars leave me scraping my head and with little room in the shoulder area. Not so for this vehicle, I could wear a cowboy hat and still not scrape my head and I can't believe the shoulder room it has. We looked at the Soul and xB and neither could compare in this area.
I'm not concerned about power or agility, but I love music and this thing has a GREAT factory audio system as long as you get the version with the Rockford Fosgate speaker package. It really rocks and I love it. If you want speed and agility this is not an appropriate vehicle, it accelerates OK at best but again, I don't really care about that.
The back seats have a surprising amount of leg room and more head room than on anything else (a box may be bad for aerodynamics but great for comfort). When you fold the back seats down you even have decent hauling space, nothing great but good enough for most people.
Overall it has been a great vehicle for the price and we love driving it around.
Pros Plenty of headroom, Good tech, stylish design that's unique, great fuel economy, very comfy ride, shag dash topper is one of a kind
Cons Lacks any option for Navigation, needs a smaller 2nd glove box for quick access to things like insurance card and registration info, needs a center storage console, acceleration is a bit slow, anything besides the SL or Krom is a bit underwhelming
Summary Great value for around $20,000. Its uniqueness makes this car stand out from others and you get a lot of good tech for a low price. A truly underrated and under-appreciated ride. Just an overall fun car to own.
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