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Old 11-19-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Default LA 2008 Live: 2009 Nissan Cube gets 30 mpg on the highway




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arlier this morning we saw the first images of the new 2009 Nissan Cube. Nissan has now unveiled the new compact Cube here at the 2008 LA Auto Show and has announced a U.S. debut for spring 2009. Pricing details will be announced closer to launch.

The 2009 Nissan Cube may be small with a wheelbase of just 156.7 inches but provides comfortable seating for 5-passengers. The Cube seating includes a 6-way manual driver’s seat and a 4-way manual passenger seat. The back seat passengers get what’s called a “lounge sofa” style sliding rear bench seat.


Power for the 2009 Nissan Cube comes from a 1.8L DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine that makes 122-hp with a maximum torque of 127 lb-ft. Mated to the Nissan Xtronic CVT transmission, the Cube gets a projected fuel-economy of 30 mpg on the highway. The Cube will also be offered with a 6-speed manual transmission.


Upon launch, Nissan will offer the 2009 Cube with three different trim-levels including Cube 1.8, Cube 1.8
S and Cube 1.8 SL. All models will be available in eight exterior colors including: Chrome Silver, Steel Grey, Bitter Chocolate, Scarlet Red, Caribbean Blue, Moss Green, Super Black and White Pearl.

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Old 11-19-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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I like the old cube better. And isn't 30mpg highway not very good for a car this size with this little power?
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Old 11-19-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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if they were really truly obsessed with mileage, they might've considered the aero more on this car.

i'm not saying this car has no chances of being slippery on the fluid dynamics front, but i'm sure there could be relatively inexpensive improvements that oculd have been made.
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Old 11-19-2008, 03:26 PM   #4
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And isn't 30mpg highway not very good for a car this size with this little power?
No, it's crap. My '00 RS has been getting 30mpg highway for 8 years.
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Old 11-19-2008, 04:06 PM   #5
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wow 30mpg is terrible for a small car like this.. i would expect at least 40!
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Old 11-19-2008, 04:25 PM   #6
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love the design, but 30mpg from an econobox? what the hell is the point? this needs to have at least 35mpg to have a fighting chance in this economy.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:17 PM   #7
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People will probably do better than 30 MPG in real world driving. For it's size and style, I think 30 MPG is a reasonable compromise, especially as this is probably going to see more city duty anyhow. Manufacturers are touting the highway mileage cause it is higher, but I would prefer to see the city mileage because that tells you more about it's ultimate efficiency in an inefficient situation.
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Old 11-19-2008, 05:18 PM   #8
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the Cube gets a projected fuel-economy of 30 mpg on the highway
Since it looks like official EPA mileage numbers are not out yet, I hope it comes out to 30 MPG CITY and 35+ MPG HW.... cuz I would not be overly impressed with something this small and this underpowered getting only 30 MPG hw.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:45 PM   #9
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It would probably get 40mpg if it wasn't aerodynamically challenged
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Old 11-19-2008, 07:10 PM   #10
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BTW google tells me that the versa gets "31 mpg on the highway with the manual, 33 mpg with the continuously variable transmission." So when you start from there, 30 MPG isn't that bad for a car that purposefully takes on an un-aerodynamic shape.

These small cars mostly get worse than their larger, more aerodynamic counterparts. This was the car with the last gen fit and the honda civic. Civic trumped it on the highway. Same with the Cobalt and the Aveo. These boxes on wheels, no matter if they are little minivan boxes, or real boxes, like this an the old Xb, just don't go so hot on highway MPG. 30 MPG would be respectable. Now lets see pricing.
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Old 11-19-2008, 11:59 PM   #11
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The 2009 Nissan Cube may be small with a wheelbase of just 156.7 inches...
sure doesn't look like 156.7 in wheelbase.
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Old 11-20-2008, 12:16 AM   #12
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BTW google tells me that the versa gets "31 mpg on the highway with the manual, 33 mpg with the continuously variable transmission." So when you start from there, 30 MPG isn't that bad for a car that purposefully takes on an un-aerodynamic shape.

These small cars mostly get worse than their larger, more aerodynamic counterparts. This was the car with the last gen fit and the honda civic. Civic trumped it on the highway. Same with the Cobalt and the Aveo. These boxes on wheels, no matter if they are little minivan boxes, or real boxes, like this an the old Xb, just don't go so hot on highway MPG. 30 MPG would be respectable. Now lets see pricing.
Ehh...the current Xb has a 2.4L 158hp engine, and still gets 28 mpg highway..
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Old 11-20-2008, 02:23 AM   #13
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I like. For some reason, I have a thing for cube-like cars. (i.e. Honda Element, Scion xb, this).
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if they were really truly obsessed with mileage, they might've considered the aero more on this car.

i'm not saying this car has no chances of being slippery on the fluid dynamics front, but i'm sure there could be relatively inexpensive improvements that oculd have been made.
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It would probably get 40mpg if it wasn't aerodynamically challenged
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Old 11-21-2008, 01:01 AM   #15
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Ehh...the current Xb has a 2.4L 158hp engine, and still gets 28 mpg highway..
well a 400HP Corvette can get 28mpg highway so you would think these little econoboxs would be able to get much higher than that but you also have to remember that these cars are meant for city driving and are not geared for the highway. the cube is probably over 3,000rpms in 5th going 65 on the highway which i'm guessing is the main reason for crappy highway mileage.
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Old 11-21-2008, 02:56 AM   #16
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kei/city cars dont have a true overdrive gear. thats the reason for ****ty mileage:size ratio
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Old 11-21-2008, 09:07 AM   #17
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No, it's crap. My '00 RS has been getting 30mpg highway for 8 years.
LOL seriously, I get 45 MPG HWY in my Fit.
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I'd be surprised if it is rated at only 30 HW, but my guess is that real-world numbers will be lots higher
... heck I get 30 mpg in my WRX on the HW.
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