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2013 Nissan Cube SL

2013 Nissan Cube Review

(0 Stars)  A funky and practical tall hatchback.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

New For 2013
The base Cube 1.8 trim level has been eliminated, as has the special 1.8 S Indigo Edition. All models now wear a Nissan PureDrive badge. Sapphire slate replaces golden ginger in the paint palette, and the special-order Cargo Version Package has been eliminated.
Overview
Even though it’s been on sale for some time, the Nissan Cube still pegs the geek-chic meter, thanks to its asymmetrical body, side-opening back door, and water-droplet-inspired interior. The divisive styling conceals a tall hatchback that is remarkably practical and comfortable. Small wheels located at the far corners of the car preserve interior space but make the Cube look rather toylike. A well behind the rear seats provides plenty of cargo space, and the seats fold forward (but not flat into the floor) for carrying larger items. The low step-in height; large doors; expansive windows; and wide, plush seats make the Cube pleasant to ride in. The driving experience is somewhat less enjoyable, with tepid acceleration from the 122-hp in-line four-cylinder engine, numb steering, and plenty of wind noise. The Cube can be equipped with a six-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission, both of which return decent fuel economy. Ripple-effect plastics and a shag-carpet dashboard mat make for an intriguing interior. The Cube was designed as a “casual lounge” and has enough head- and legroom to please even the tallest occupants. Gadgets like push-button start, navigation, Bluetooth, and a backup camera are available on higher trim levels. For those who want to add their own designer touches, Nissan offers a long list of accessories.

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2013 Cube SL Wagon Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L in-line 4 DOHC with Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVTCS) variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 27 MPG city, 31 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined and 370 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
13.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 122 hp @ 5,200 rpm; 127 ft lb of torque @ 4,800 rpm

'13 Nissan SL Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Tow Hooks
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