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Analyzing The 2010 Nissan Cube

The 2010 Nissan Cube comes with whimsical styling and a demeanor that is very quirky. It is definitely an interesting choice if you are looking to buy a unique looking vehicle; however, there are also others that are more practical and better overall.

2010 Nissan Cube Review

The most important pros that can be mentioned are the fact that performance is peppy, you have enough passenger space, the standard features list is generous, the customization opportunities are quite unique and the car is really easy to park. The cons appear to be soggy handling, a low cargo capacity (when looking at market rivals) and the fact that the interior materials are disappointing. The cabin also has intrusive wind noise.

For the 2010 Nissan Cube the manufacturer added standard Bluetooth together with leather wrapped audio control steering wheels to both the SL and the S trim. In addition, you will see an iPod interface and two extra speakers in the S model and the Krom edition now includes keyless entry and ignition and the all useful rearview camera. The 2009 Ginormous package is no longer available but a lot of people will tell you that you didn’t miss much.

Nissan Cube 2010

Performance and Powertrain

Every single 2010 Cube model will feature a 4-cylinder 1.8 L engine with front wheel drive. It is capable of 122 hp and both the Cube S and the base Cube will be equipped with a standard 6 speed manual gearbox. CVT is optional on S and it is standard on Krom and SL. It can go up to 60 miles per hour in 9.7 seconds. When equipped with the manual transmission, the vehicle has a fuel efficiency of 26 miles per gallon. The CVT option pushes it up to 29 mpg.

In terms of safety, all the models include: antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, side curtain airbags, active front head restraints and front side airbags as standard security features. In crash tests, the car received a rating of 4 out of 5 possible stars for front protection and in the side protection tests it received the maximum 5 out of 5 stars.

Special Features and Interior Design

The design of the car is definitely one that you will remember. It is really easy to spot the Cube out of a crowd and with the addition of the illumination package, which is optional, it will be even harder to avoid looking at it. However, this is not necessarily something positive, as the design will definitely not be attractive for those who love curved lines.

The cabin is marked by really simple control layouts and you will find the standard 3-knob style climate control taking care of your comfort needs. The stereo is common and the front seats are definitely comfortable in long drives. However, you will not appreciate the gray brownish plastic that was used for the interior, as this is definitely inferior for the class.

Driving Impressions

In most possible driving scenarios you will appreciate the handling that is offered as you will rarely catch the 2010 Nissan Cube flatfooted. This is mostly due to the CVT because it definitely maximizes engine power. You should also love the fact that the ride quality is plush and when faced with urban duty, the runabout is pleasing. The only real problem appears on the highway because the blocky shape will immediately cause wind noise when driving at high speed. Handling is a little difficult in tight corners as it possesses light steering and is pretty slow but most users have admitted to eventually getting used to it.