2009 Nissan Cube Krom

Don Sherman Jeffrey Jablansky

How different is the chic, limited-edition Krom model from a normal Cube 1.8SL? Not different enough, it seems-Nissan's test car haulers accidentally sent us a fully tricked-out 1.8SL instead of the Krom we actually requested.

Then, the actual Krom arrived. A slight mishap, but it goes to serve a point--does a big, shiny grille really make all that much of a difference on a car like this? Not in the least. People, ranging from art fair hipsters to burly train engineers, react to this car, but mostly because the Cube is shaped like--well, a cube. Passersby point at the boxy stature and bicker over the bubbly windows, but few seem to notice the Krom's trick front fascia.

It's entirely possible to get all of the Cube's endearing qualities-and a few extra goodies-for the same price as a Krom. For $19,340, you get a similar 1.8SL model equipped with the Rockford Fosgate sound system, Bluetooth, interior d├ęcor package, park assist, and foglamps. Sadly, you can't get the Krom's sweet woven seat fabric on lower trims.

There will almost certainly be a Cube in my family's future, but given the price and content, I highly doubt it will be Kromed.

Evan McCausland, Web Producer

Krom is a god worshipped by Conan in those movies and books. I can imagine Schwarzenegger saying "By Krom!" right now.

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