Nissan Cube Review & Ratings: Design, Features, Performance, Specifications ...

Nissan Cube Review & Ratings

The Nissan Cube is a subcompact multi-purpose vehicle produced by Nissan Motor Corporation since 1998.The car became available in North America and Europe in the early 2009. Nissan Motor Corporation is a Japan-based public multinational company that has been a subsidiary of French automaker Renault since the year1999. Nissan was founded as a manufacturing company in 1911. The company built its first car in 1914, but did not use the name Nissan until the 1930s. The company had been previously known as Datsun in North America for decades.

The first generation Cube was manufactured from 1998 to 2002 and was initially only available in Japan. There are reports that suggest that the car was privately exported to Australia and the United Kingdom. The second generation of Cube introduced in 2003 saw a larger interior than the previous model and included optional four-wheel drive.

The third generation was introduced in 2009 and finally became available in North America and Europe. With the third generation Cube, the body of car was redesigned and though still boxy, gentle curves were incorporated to the interior and the windows of the car. There is a wide array of available accessories to encourage personalization for the owner. The Cube has been discontinued as of 2015, due to poor sales.


The Cube has a manufacturer’s list price starting at $16,900.00 US dollars, with the price going up based on features and accessories. Pre-owned vehicles can be found for less depending on model year, mileage, and running condition.

Engine Options

Available engines include a 1.5L HR15DE Inline-4, 1.6L HR16DE Inline-4, 1.8L MR18DE Inline-4, and a 1.5L K9K Inline-4 dCi.

Transmission Options

The Cube comes with either a five-speed manual, six-speed manual, or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Size and Space Options

The Cube can seat up to five passengers with lots of head and leg room. Rear seats fold down but cargo capacity offered by the car has reasonable scope for improvement.

Control Panel and Display

The curved dashboard is user-friendly with fuel gauge, odometer, and speedometer, and steering wheel controls for cruise control, climate control, and audio.


Subtle curves and good seat support along with climate control give passengers a comfortable ride, even on long road trips.


The Cube is available at an affordable price in most markets worldwide. The pre-owned vehicles are also widely available.

Security Systems

Standard security features include remote keyless entry, anti-theft alarm system, and engine immobilizer.

Safety Options

Standard safety features include three-point seatbelts, advanced airbag system, anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, front active head restraints, anchor and tether child seat system, child safety door locks, tire pressure monitoring system, energy absorbing steering column, and front and rear crumple zones.

Interior Options

Interior features that come pre-fitted with the car include power windows and locks, climate control, cruise control, fold-down rear seats, Bluetooth connectivity, 12 volt power outlet, cargo tie-down hooks, cloth adjustable seats, and a stereo with CD player and auxiliary input.

Exterior Options

Exterior features of the car include fog lamps, intermittent rear window wiper, 15-inch steel wheels or 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, power side mirrors, and privacy glass.


The car comes with navigation system, rear view monitor, USB port, rear roof spoiler, exterior accent kit, custom grille, interior light kit, floor mats, carpeting, cargo organizer, daytime running lights, parking sensors, front end mask, graphics package, chrome accents, and vehicle cover.


The Cube is a well-built, reliable car made with quality materials.


While the boxy exterior design will not appeal to everyone, it is a good choice for families.


An affordable price gets you quite a bit for your money. The above-average fuel efficiency will have you saving money at the gas pump.

Our Verdict

The Nissan Cube is a reliable and affordable car suitable for families. Reasonably priced, the car, even though discontinued, is widely available as pre-owned vehicles. The accessory packages for the car are still available.

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