Nissan's box-on-wheels -- the Cube -- has been priced for the 2011 model year. Though prices rise slightly, the Japanese automaker has also included a few revisions for the new year.
The pricing starts at $15,040, including the required $750 destination fee, for the basic Cube with a six-speed manual transmission. That's $330 more than the 2010 model, and prices for the rest of the line are presented below:
Cube (six-speed manual) - $15,040 (up $330 from 2010) Cube S (six-speed manual) - $16,400 (up $650) Cube S (CVT) - $17,400 (up $650) Cube SL (CVT) - $18,400 (up $550) Cube S Krom Edition (CVT) - $21,940 (up $1100)
Price bumps can likely be attributed to the fluctuations in dollar-yen exchange rates, as the Cube is built in Japan. The weakened dollar has made imports a bit more costly for Nissan.
Changes to the 2011 Cube include the addition of a Secure Digital (SD) Card-based, five-inch touch-screen navigation system to the SL Preferred Package and Cube S Krom Edition, along with the Golden Ginger paint color. Combined fuel economy grows as well to 29 mpg (up 1 mpg from 2010), though the individual Environmental Protection Agency figures stay the same at 25 city/30 highway mpg with the manual transmission and 27 city/31 highway mpg with the CVT. All Cubes are equipped with a 1.8-liter inline-four developing 122 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque.
New accessories are part of Nissan's plan as well. The Cube S will have the new options of $700 15-inch alloy wheels and a $2100 Sport Package. The SL Preferred Package is now $1850, an extra $250 more than the last Cube.
Through the first 11 months of 2010, Nissan has sold 21,883 Cubes. It's not setting the market ablaze but the numbers are good enough for an 18.8-percent improvement over the same selling period in 2009.
All 2011 prices include a $750 destination charge.