Want a New Nissan Cube? Time's Running Out

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Nissan announced this week that it would be discontinuing the box-shaped compact hatchback Cube for 2015. The 2014 models that remain on dealer lots will be the last new Cubes to be sold in the U.S.

Related: Ten Cars That Won't See 2015

This isn't an unexpected move. We even predicted the Cube had a high probability of an early demise last year. "The Cube is a dog: It handles like a skateboard, surrenders to highway crosswinds and has the passing power of a 1990s econobox. The side-hinged cargo door is anathema to parallel parking, and the once-impressive high-20s combined EPA mileage has been leapfrogged by Nissan's cheaper, techier Versa. The Versa, in fact, outsold the Cube this year [2013] by a ratio of nearly 22-to-1."

The top pick to not make 2015 in our story, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, will also see the end of its days with the 2014 model year.

There are currently 943 new Nissan Cubes in Cars.com's national inventory. That is not a lot for any model, so fans might have a hard time getting their hands on one. They will likely get a good deal if they manage to track one down, however.

Comments 

AladdinSane

Many haters may post here for this vehicle. If you have nothing good to say, or anything constructive to add, then best not to say anything. Of course the negatives may keep pouring in, unfortunately. I say that if Nissan had paid more attention in promoting this machine it would NOT die the sales death coming to it here in the States and Canada. Sure, it was a niche vehicle catering to a non conformist group, but so is the Kia Soul and that machine is a great seller. Why? Because KIA backed it with savvy promotion and word got around that it's hip to own one. The Cube didn't have that luxury, thus it failed. For those of us who dug the Cube it is unfortunate that this little critter of a vehicle is discontinued here. Peace! AladdinSane<-

Steve

Although not my cup of tea, I can see how this went extinct. If GM can axe the better looking HHR after only a 5 year run, Nissan let this go for twice that length. Plus the dramatic sales difference between this and the new Versa tells Nissan what the people want. And it ain't a Cube.

mxpie

As an owner of a hip eco-box I'm sad to see one of the species go extinct. To me cars like the Versa note and Fit are the plain white bread of compacts I can't imagine owning. But North American buyers generally favor the bland and unimaginative so thats what gets doted on.
C'est la vie

jyd

I think it's misguided to think that the Cube failed due to a marketing campaign. It's just not a good vehicle. It's that simple. The Soul is not as odd as the Cube and has much broader appeal.

The HHR is different altogether. This failed because it is, quite simply, one of the worst quality vehicles produced by GM in recent history. And that's saying something.

Tony

Thank you, Nissan to take that pain away.

Danny Ulster

I agree with jyd....poor sales likely had nothing to do with a lack of marketing. It was a risky look that consumers didn't take to.

Dean

I have a 2011 Cube Krom... It is a great city car, parks great and can haul a ton of stuff in a very small package.. It is not for everyone but it sure is better than a Versa which I have rented and dislike.. It has character and can seat 6 foot 5 people in the front and back...

A shame it is going away

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