2009 Nissan Cube S Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Nissan Cube - Road Test Specs

2009 Nissan Cube Wagon

(1.8L 4-cyl. CVT Automatic)


Model year2009
Style1.8 S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
Base MSRP$15,690
Options on test vehicleNone
As-tested MSRP$16,385


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,798cc (110 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Compression ratio (x:1)9.9:1
Redline (rpm)6,400
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)122 @ 5,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)127 @ 4,800
Transmission typeContinuously variable automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)Forward = 2.561-0.427:1, FD = 5.473, R = 2.689


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson struts, coil springs
Suspension, rearSemi-independent, torsion beam, coil springs and integrated stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional electric-assist rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)18.4:1
Tire brandToyo
Tire modelA20
Tire typeAll-season
Tire size, frontP195/60R15 87H (33 psi)
Tire size, rearP195/60R15 87H (33 psi)
Wheel size15-by-6 inches front and rear
Wheel materialSteel with wheel covers
Brakes, front11-inch ventilated disc
Brakes, rear11.7-inch drum

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.0
0-60 mph (sec.)9.7
0-75 mph (sec.)15.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.2 @ 78.9
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)31
60-0 mph (ft.)124
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)61.8
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)40.8
@ Full throttle (dB)74.3
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.0

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsUnlike some other vehicles with a four-cylinder/CVT setup, this Cube "lights off" quickly and the engine rpm ramps up to near-redline by about 40 mph. Very linear acceleration, good throttle response and the engine doesn't feel burdened or as if it's about to throw a rod. Pretty quick and an outstanding job integrating a CVT -- but Nissan has always done a good job with CVTs.
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsRemarkably fade-free stops, with the shortest coming on the fifth stop from 60 mph. Some forward pitch, but nothing too terrible or unexpected. Straight, steady stops all. Pedal effort is appropriately moderate: not too soft nor too hard.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsSkid pad with VDC on uses throttle to mitigate understeer. With VDC off, the limit is predictably discovered to be understeer, but there's a slight ability to rotate the Cube by lifting off the throttle. Good balance, decent steering weight (despite EPS). In the slalom, late-acting VDC does a good job of reducing the Cube's tendency to oversteer after two left-right transitions. Soft suspension causes some yaw delay/gain, but the steering is quick and friction-free. Pretty sporty results despite soft feel and boxy appearance.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)52.8
Wind (mph, direction)2.8 S-SW

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)27 city/33 highway/29 combined (est.)
Edmunds observed (mpg)22 worst/39 best/28 average
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.2

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,829
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)N/A
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51/49
Length (in.)157.5
Width (in.)66.7
Height (in.)65.0
Wheelbase (in.)99.6
Track, front (in.)58.1
Track, rear (in.)58.3
Turning circle (ft.)33.4
Legroom, front (in.)42.4
Legroom, rear (in.)35.5
Headroom, front (in.)42.6
Headroom, rear (in.)40.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)52.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)52.4
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)11.4
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)58.1


Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front and rear
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard tire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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