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Revisiting the 2009 Nissan Cube After a Year of Service


2009 Nissan Cube

2009 Nissan Cube

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The 2009 Nissan Cube made quite a statement when it came on the auto scene. It was a car that pushed the comfort zone of some consumers with its odd shape, Jacuzzi inspired interior, picture frame windows and square of shag carpeting on the dash. In fact, it still does. However, time has passed since its introduction and it seems like a good time to check in on the consumer pulse—specifically regarding the Nissan Cube.

2009 Nissan Cube

2009 Nissan Cube

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2009 nissan cube us 015 1

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It seems as thought the boxy vehicle era is coming to a close with the discontinuation of the Honda Element. Heck, even the Scion xB has gone to a curvier figure. The good news for the Cube is that it doesn’t need to get shapelier…it has plenty of interest. In fact, according to AutoWeek the most common comment they received over a year of driving a Cube was that the car was “interesting.” The styling is unique for sure, but we were more interested by what AutoWeek had to say about their long-term experience.

The long and the short of it is that the 2009 Nissan Cube is more than capable of trips to the airport, Costco and the shopping mall during the holidays. One caveat for those not familiar with a swing door, you do have to leave room to open it, which may mean difficulty unloading if you have to back into a confined space. Other observations included the wind noise on the freeway and some comments on the CVT transmission as the long-term test went on. The final verdict on the engine and CVT: “Later in the year, the CVT and the engine grew louder.” AutoWeek also noted rattles in the center stack and noisey chatter in the rear of the vehicle when going over bumps.

Bottom line—with a repair bill of $153.58 during the year test and three minor recalls, the 2009 Nissan Cube proved to be reliable, affordable and capable. So basically, if you are willing to hunt down the noisy bits (might be under warranty?), the vehicle is one of the best in its boxy segment.

 

 

[Source: AutoWeek]
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