Decals Make Nissan Cube, Juke More Eccentric

2011 Nissan Cube

If you don’t think you’ll stick out enough in traffic while driving a Nissan Cube, the automaker is lending a hand by offering new graphic decals.

The automaker’s new Nissan Graphics customization program offers different wraps for the 2011 Cube and the upcoming 2011 Nissan Juke. The Nissan Frontier will also get wraps later this year.

The wraps come in a variety of side panel, roof and hood graphics that you can personalize at Nissan’s website. Each graphic ranges from $95 to $315, not including dealer installation costs.

The decals are provided by Original Wraps, the same company that makes graphics for Ford’s customization program.

The Cube’s graphics are available today. Graphics for the Juke will become available in time for the vehicle’s launch later this month.

Now You Can Add Enticing Graphics to Your Nissan (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | October 6, 2010 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2009-2010 Nissan Cube

Nissan is recalling 46,000 Cube compact cars from the 2009 and 2010 model years because of excessive fuel leakage after a rear crash test, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Any fuel escaping from a vehicle can lead to a fire. The company is recalling Cubes built from Jan. 30, 2009, to July 30, 2010. Dealers will attach a special protector to the gasoline recirculation tube, which will prevent leakage.

The recall will begin on or before Aug. 30. Owners will be contacted via mail. For more information, owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA’s hot line at 888-327-4236.

By David Thomas | July 26, 2010 | Comments (8)

Mileage Challenge 6.3: Final Thoughts

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Tooling around in four subcompacts all day to rack up miles for our latest Mileage Challenge left us with many comparisons between the 2011 Ford Fiesta SES, 2010 Honda Fit Sport, 2010 Nissan Cube Krom and 2010 Scion xD. Some impressed us and some did not. Below, we share which cars stood out and our picks if we have to spend another day behind the wheel of one of these subcompacts.
By Joe Bruzek | July 1, 2010 | Comments (5)

Mileage Challenge 6.2: The Results

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For our most recent mileage challenge we tested four subcompacts to see how they stacked up when the wheels hit the real world. This challenge’s players include the all-new 2011 Ford Fiesta SES with an impressive 38 mpg rating to back up, 2010 Honda Fit Sport, 2010 Nissan Cube Krom and 2010 Scion xD — all equipped with automatic transmissions.

As rated by the EPA, the Ford Fiesta gets the best fuel economy of the bunch at 29/38 mpg city/highway. But could it get those numbers in the real world?

By Joe Bruzek | June 30, 2010 | Comments (8)

Mileage Challenge 6.1: Subcompacts

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For those who want to downsize into a smaller car, there are now significantly more options to do so and not be left in a bean-sized and shaped econo-box. Enter our most recent mileage challenge where we picked four examples of such cars, including the 2011 Ford Fiesta SES hatchback, 2010 Honda Fit Sport, 2010 Nissan Cube Krom and 2010 Scion xD.

This group of subcompact cars demonstrates that you don’t have to sacrifice many features when downsizing or looking for a budget buy; our Mileage Challenge contenders come with power windows and locks, air conditioning, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and more. As we discovered while driving these cars in the city and on the highway during disaster-movie-like weather, some don’t drive like a small car, either.

All eyes were on the Fiesta because it’s a new contender in the segment and has a lot to prove, including backing up its highest-of-the-group 38 mpg highway rating. A 40-mpg version is available but not tested here. Of our Mileage Challenger contenders, the Scion xD and Honda Fit Sport have the second-best highway rating of 33 mpg; the base Fit is rated at 35 mpg on the highway. The Cube rounds out our group with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway. You can see a breakdown of each car we had in the fleet and how they measure up below.

As we’ve reported in previous mileage drives, the disclaimer with every mileage rating is, “Your mileage may vary,” and it’s no joke. We’ve tested some cars that easily surpass their rating, and others that don’t come close. You’ll just have to stay tuned until tomorrow to find out if these subcompacts delivered on their promise.

By Joe Bruzek | June 29, 2010 | Comments (5)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Nissan Cube Krom

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Although the 2010 Nissan Cube remains largely unchanged from the 2009 model year, Nissan has added another trim level, the Krom (rhymes with “home,” not “prom”). The Krom adds a healthy $6,450 to the base model and is nearly $3,000 more than the previously highest trim level. What do you get for all this extra money? And does any of it justify a Cube costing over $20,000? Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder gives his take in this review.

2010 Nissan Cube Krom Review

By Stephen Markley | June 29, 2010 | Comments (10)

Reader Review of the Week: 2010 Nissan Cube

Reader Review “Omni” from New York recently got ahold of the 2010 Nissan Cube, and the verdict is good. Impressed with its handling, options and even its looks, Omni is sold on the econobox even while warning that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Read the full review after the jump, then write your own review by clicking here.

By Stephen Markley | June 24, 2010 | Comments (6)

2010 Nissan Cube Krom Video

What turns a regular Nissan Cube compact car into a Krom? Besides a flashy chrome grille, there’s a spoiler and other accessories that differentiate it. But Cars.com senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder has some fun at the little — and otherwise very capable — car’s expense in this video.

More Nissan Cube Coverage
By David Thomas | June 21, 2010 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 143,223 Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles

Murano Nissan has issued a recall for 143,223 vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles include the 2009 Nissan Cube and Murano, the 2008 Nissan Rogue, the 2008-2010 Infiniti M35, and 2008-2010 Infiniti M45.

The recall is focused on certain vehicles from the 2008-2010 model years originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

These vehicles have a nut securing the sensor-transmitter of the tire pressure monitoring system that may corrode and possibly crack when exposed to road salt. The nut may fall out of the sensor-transmitter, which will cause the monitoring light to illuminate.

If the driver ignores the light and continues to drive the car in this condition, the tire could lose air pressure, resulting in a flat that could potentially cause an accident.

Nissan dealers will replace the TPMS nut with a “new, more robust nut” free of charge. Owners may contact Nissan at 800-647-7261, Infiniti at 800-662-6200 or the NHTSA vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Stephen Markley | October 12, 2009 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Compares Box-Cars

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The Scion xB has recently seen the introduction of competition in a segment that didn’t even exist a few years ago. The 2010 Kia Soul and the 2009 Nissan Cube get stacked against the 2009 Scion, and Cars.com reviewers Bill Jackson, Kelsey Mays and Joe Wiesenfelder have the task of sorting out the winner. From blind spots to seating comfort, the guys go down the list to find the best econobox on the market.

Cars.comparison: The Box-Cars (Cars.com)

By Stephen Markley | September 30, 2009 | Comments (6)

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