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1010 2009 Nissan Cube Sl October Update
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2009 Nissan Cube SL - Four Seasons Update - October 2010

Matt Tierney
FALL 2009 Nissan Cube SL
2009 Nissan Cube reviews to date

Months in Fleet: Ten
Mileage to Date: 21,876 miles

If you've been following the monthly updates on our little blue Nissan, you know that we haven't shied away from using the Cube like we would any other utility vehicle and, save for a MG hardtop, its swallowed everything we've tried to cram through its side-opening rear hatch. This is largely due to the Cube's tall roof/low floor design but for a couple staffers it was the ingenious and useful sunken rear cargo hold that proved ideal.

Deputy editor, Joe DeMatio, had this to say: "I found the deep rear cargo area to be perfect for carting around several bins and coolers and boxes of prepared foods, making the Cube a nice little catering cart. The recessed well in the cargo area means that everything stays in place and is down low so I was able to haul a large stock pot with butternut squash soup and not worry about it flying around."

Senior Web editor, Phil Floraday had similar comments after a trip to the grocery store: "The Cube's little cargo area behind the rear seat is perfect for a week's worth of groceries. I didn't need to worry about the eggs being crushed if the bags shifted during a turn because they were safely contained in the recessed hold. And, there was plenty of room for everything I bought, plus maybe another bag or two."

2009 NISSAN CUBE SL

Base price (with dest.): $17,510
As Tested: $19,490

OVERVIEW
Body style: 5-door hatchback
Accomodation: 5 passenger
Construction: Unibody construction, bolt-on front fenders

POWERTRAIN
Engine: 16-valve DOHC in-line 4-cylinder
Displacement: 1.8 liters (xx cu in)
Power: 122 hp @ 5200 rpm
Torque: 127 lb-ft @ 4800
Transmission type : CVT
Drive: Front-wheel
EPA Fuel Economy: 28/30/29 (city/hwy/combined)

CHASSIS
Steering: Vehicle speed-sensitive electric power-assisted
Lock-to-lock: 3.25
Turning circle: 33.4 ft
Suspension, front: Independent strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Suspension, rear: Torsion beam with integrated stabilizer bar
Brakes f/r: Front power-assisted vented disc; rear drum brakes; ABS
Wheels: 16.6-inch aluminum alloy
Tires: Toyo A20 all-season
Tire size: 195/55R16

MEASUREMENTS
Headroom f/r: 42.6/40.2 in
Legroom f/r: 42.4/35.5 in
Shoulder room f/r: 52.2/52.4 in
Wheelbase: 99.6 in
Track : 58.1/58.3 in
L x W x H: 156.7 x 66.7 x 65.0 in
Cargo capacity: 11.4/58.1 cu ft (rear/with seats folded)
Weight: 2849 lb
Fuel capacity: 13.2 gal
Est. fuel range: 383 miles Fuel grade: 87 octane

STANDARD EQUIPMENT
1.8L 4-cylinder engine
Xtronic CVT transmission
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
Traction control system (TCS)
Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
4-wheel Antilock Braking (ABS)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
AM/FM/CD audio system with 6-speakers
MP3 CD-ROM playback capability
Auxiliary jack
Speed sensitive volume
Keyless entry with integrated key
Power windows, locks
Cruise control with steering wheel controls

OPTIONS
SL Preferred package, $1600
Interior Designer package, $230
Splash guards, $150
XM Satellite radio
Bluetooth hands-free system

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