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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Nissan Cube

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Expert's Rating

3.7Good

MPG 26 City / 31 Highway
Pros
  • Smooth ride
  • Quiet cabin
  • Many standard safety features
Cons
  • Styling not for everyone
  • Below average handling
  • Limited cargo space
, Automotive Editor -
The Nissan Cube won't wow you with its performance, but it may wow you with its looks.

Introduction

In 2009, Nissan introduced America to its quirky side with the Cube, an asymmetrical box-on-wheels. Its main purpose is giving owners a chance to express themselves through automotive design. But it's not just style -- the Cube has a roomy cabin with lots of usable space.

A reshuffling of the lineup left only two trim levels for 2013: 1.8 S and 1.8 SL. Both come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that pushes out 122 horsepower and 127 foot-pounds of torque. In 1.8 S trim, the engine connects to a standard six-speed transmission, and there's the option of a continuously variable transmission. In 1.8 SL trim, the CVT transmission is standard. A Cube with a manual transmission gets 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, while the CVT-equipped model delivers 27 mpg city and 31 mpg highway.

A single option group is known as the SL Preferred Package. It includes fog lights, navigation, a rearview camera, a SiriusXM radio, USB connection, and an upgraded audio system.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 Nissan Cube
Starting price
$10,692

2013 Nissan Cube 1.8 S

Recommended for: Buyers looking for a unique-looking vehicle with a great base price

The Nissan Cube’s 1.8 S trim level is the entry-level trim option, so it carries with it only the most basic of features. On the outside, this model kicks things off with a six-speed manual transmission, so you can row your own gears, 11.02-inch ventilated rotors on all four wheels for quicker stopping and less brake fade, 15-by-6-inch steel wheels with covers to keep the cost down, and body-color power mirrors for easier adjustment. Inside the Cube 1.8 S’s cabin, you get a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with aux-in and iPod interface, Bluetooth connectivity for safe phone operation, power windows, door locks and remote entry for added convenience, and premium cloth seating to go along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel for added comfort.

2013 Nissan Cube
Starting price
$10,692

2013 Nissan Cube 1.8 SL

Recommended for: Buyers that need an automatic transmission and other premium goodies

The 1.8 SL trim level is as high as it goes for the 2013 Cube, as it builds onto the 1.8 S trim by adding more premium features. On the outside, the 1.8 SL adds in an Xtronic continuously variable transmission for a smoother drive, 16-by-6-inch four-split-spoke alloy wheels for extra style and auto-in/off headlights for added safety. On the inside, the 1.8 SL adds in automatic temperature control for a stable cabin temperature, rear heating ducts for even heating front and rear, the Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start for added convenience, and cruise control for easier long-haul driving,

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