2009 Nissan Cube

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30 reviews
Available Price Range $4,595-$10,911 Trims4 Combined MPG 26-29 Seats 2-5

Our Take on the 2009 Nissan Cube

Our Take

Scion changed preconceptions about exactly how boxy an econobox could be with the original xB a few years ago. Now Nissan — as well as Kia, with its new Soul — is unleashing its own box... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Ungainly handling
  • Unsupportive seats
  • Small cargo area
  • Swing gate rear door
  • USB/iPod input only in higher trim levels

Notable Features

  • All-new for 2009
  • Manual or CVT automatic
  • Bulldog-inspired styling
  • Accessorized Krom edition
  • Standard electronic stability system
  • Adjustable rear seats


Our Expert Reviews

Scion's quasi-iconic xB has finally encountered some lookalikes in the 2010 Kia Soul and 2009 Nissan Cube. Both cars hit the market last spring. I've spent considerable time in all three, and am ready to call some results. The Cube is the best choice for the group's advertised environment: Metropolis. But few drivers rack up all of their miles in urban areas, and for shoppers who... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

4.3 out of 5

Based on 30 reviews

Good city car for a big guy...

by Amethyst Ed from NJ on August 8, 2010

I bought my black 09 Nissan Cube SL last October after months of research. I'm 6 foot 6 and this car really fits me well. I have plenty of leg room and head room, too. The seats are cushy and a decent... Read Full Review

4 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranty Coverage





What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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