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Nissan Cube, Wagon
#40 of 49 Anyone currently on Edmunds...
Jul 25, 2013 (6:47 am)
that still owns and drives a Nissan cube? I am studying the car for eventual purchase and I don't know what would get in the way of that now. The car is different, which is something I like. Nissan calls the design asymmetrical.
wikipedia describes asymmetric this way:
Asymmetry is the absence of, or a violation of, symmetry.
Hum. The Nissan cube looks like another rolling box, much like the Kia Soul or the Scion xB, right? Wrong. Look closer, kimoslobby. It doesn't look the same. Look at how the designer made the lip coming out in the back.
Notice the lip coming up from the bottom? Ugly to some, but keep studying.
The windows are designed to look like picture frames. This is part of Nissan's design plan to make the cube a rolling version of your house. Sort of like the Foghat song 'Home in Your Hand', eh? Because if ghastly prices remain relatively low, we can take road trips. And my reading tells me from cube owners that the Nissan cube is a great road trip car. Nissan has purposely made the inside comfortable to be called "home" inside. Your home away from home, right? Take a look inside a cube for a moment.
Here's your sentry guard seat!
The cube driver/owner truly gets a warm and comfortable environment here in which to call home. Notice the simple electronic knobs at easy grabbing distance here. Nice. And it just feels "right" so to speak.
I like the red color and the silver color and I want the upgraded wheels
Nissan is going with a nice, thick spongy-plastic steering wheel pictures here. It is a nice improvement from the old grey one pictured above
Vehicle-speed-sensitive electric power steering
The power steering system will adjust sensitivity according to the speed you are traveling. It becomes easier to steer your cube at lower speeds. Like when you're twisting and turning the wheel downtown pulling in to parking spots. As you accelerate the system becomes more rigid, increasing feel and response.
This would be the part that you accelerate through the manual gearbox and open your cube up a bit to speed. Really appealing to me as I have been pining for the "feel" of a standard transmission gearbox again.
Here's a better picture of the cube's interior as it's sold today
The Nissan dealer in downtown El Paso has a 6-speed cube that has the factory stereo in it. They are not marking it up at all. They're selling it for $17,940. That is a good, fair price for the cube. It's in slate grey, I don't know if I like that color, but I need more time to evaluate. The Nissan dealer in Hobbs, NM, further away by about 75 miles, has two manual-trannied cubes for sale. One in red (yes!) and the other in blue, which does look great for the cube. They are marking their cubes up about $2,000, but I wouldn't need to pay that, either. Edmunds.com has helped me immensely understand how to be a good negotiator when buying a new car. I may even buy a used cube, there's a really good chance that, when I do decide to pounce and buy, my cube will be a used cube. There's lots of used cube's that look really good in the desert southwest area, too.
#41 of 49 Re: Anyone currently on Edmunds... [iluvmysephia1]
Jul 27, 2013 (7:53 pm)
I drive a 2009 Cube SL, bought used in 2010. What do I love about my cube?
The unique look - no other car has the asymetrical back window. Scion people tell me I have more room behind the backseat than they do. I am short, but if you are tall there is TONS of headroom. The CVT is great and mileage for me has been better than expected. I love the seats - it's like getting in and out of a chair...no need to haul yourself up and out like in my low-slung Mustang. The stereo is WOW - I have the Rockford speakers and they are great...I'm hearing impaired so I really crank it up for total enjoyment.
My husband did NOT like the Cube too well at first, but once we took our first road trip he was HOOKED. Since we bought used, we had to order the extra locking compartment that you can put behind the seats. With this extra, you have a flat surface with the back seats down and can load luggage, chairs, dog crates, whatever. AH YES, the headlights!!! I was having a lot of trouble driving at night in my old car...the Cube has great headlights and your driving position is nice and high so you don't get the oncoming headlights in the face so badly. THE BACK DOOR (liftgate) opens sideways like a real door so it's easy to open and shut if you have arthritic shoulders.
SO>>>>once you get past the people who tell you it's UGLY, trust your instincts. It's not ugly, it's a cute car, does NOT feel boxy inside and has so many nice touches.
One caveat: if you live in an area where you drive out in the open and there's a lot of wind, the Cube is sensitive to crosswinds. This does not bother us as we have both driven high-profile vehicles for ages. The only time I was ever blown off the road was when I had crosswinds and 100% ice-covered roads and I had no business being out there...however, the job I do is often not optional...I have to turn up.
I hope this tells you something about how the Cube fits for an older couple (one retired, one not)...and YES I still have my Mustang but only drive it on beautiful summer days or intown in the evening.
Jul 29, 2013 (8:29 pm)
thanks for your input on the Nissan cube. The more I study this asymmetrical boxy vehicle from Nissan called the cube the more I like it and want one of my own. I want to at least test drive one so badly. We own a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS and I love the car. I am just starting to pine for a car where we'd sit up higher and I really love to shift through the gears myself. So this thing is not over yet for me, my wife is opposing any deals on a new or used cube at this time. Our '08 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS is all paid off so it's very attractive to just drive the car and enjoy it. We barely could afford to run two cars, though, so I'd need ta trade the Lancer in on either a new or used Nissan cube for the two of us.
I will just continue to study the car for the long haul. If ever we need a vehicle again I will definitely test drive a Nissan cube. The more I learn the more I love about the car and your post is just solidifying that fact, maryaw. Continue to drive and love your cube and please post anything postable about the Nissan cube in this thread so I can have more reason ta trade...I...I mean learn why I might want to trade in for a cube.
I would like to sit up higher than we do in the Lancer GTS and I would like a rig that doesn't shudder over the bumps like the Lancer GTS does, with it's high-performance, low-profile tires and suspension system. Don't get me wrong, the Lancer GTS handles like a dream in the corners and straigtaways, anywhere really. But it would be nice to sit up higher in the seat and to row my own gears again and also to take the bumps better. The Nissan cube takes the bumps and smoothes them out a tad better because of it's design, I think. I say I think because I'll not know that for sure until I test drive one.
It's gonna be a fun hunt, oh yes it is!
#43 of 49 Well it's a little over a month later...
Sep 03, 2013 (11:11 pm)
and guess what? I still want a Nissan cube! My best bet for a solid trade-in is over in Phoenix at Peoria Nissan. They have a 2013 Nissan cube S in Pearl White and 6-speed stick for only $15,960. That is going to be pretty hard to beat by anybody in New Mexico and Arizona. I'm in south-central New Mexico. I yearn to row my own gears again and this little wagon-buggy would be my entry vehicle to do that again. Anyone who owns a Nissan cube feel free to let me know how you like your cube.
#48 of 49 2013 Nissan cube S in Cayenne Red...
Sep 03, 2013 (11:40 pm)
I must really want one of these because the thought of driving one does not seem to want to leave my mind!
#49 of 49 Here in Alamogordo, NM...
Oct 22, 2013 (6:09 pm)
I saw a pearl white Nissan cube heading east on 10st St. this afternoon and it looked great. I will continue to research this intriguing vehicle from Nissan Motor Company.