Nissan Cube – Unique, Customizable and Inexpensive


Nissan Cube is a 5-door nice-looking runabout, tall and boxy subcompact car produced by Nissan in Japan since 1998.

The first-generation Nissan Cube referred to as the Z10 was produced from 1998 to 2002. The Cube Z10 came with a naturally aspirated inline 1.3-liter CG13DE or CGA3DE engine that produced 60 kW (81 hp) at 6000 rpm and has an average fuel consumption of 6.8L/100 km. Power was transmitted to the wheels via a 4-speed automatic transmission with  CVT and 4WD as options.

The Cube has a cavernous interior with whimsical details that were put in place to target the young, but with the ease of access to the cabin this makes it an attractive option for buyers of all ages who have problems climbing in and out of conventional cars. With a high roof and its wheels pushed to the edges this produced maximum interior space. The Z10 cube has a center-mounted reversing camera, a column shift for its gearbox, and a foot operated parking brake that frees up space between passenger and driver’s seat giving room for storage bins that are so useful for storage, one compartment under the passenger seat and another under the armrest. The rear seats can fold flat giving more room in the boot.


2001 Nissan Cube


In 2002, the second-generation Cube code name “Z11” was released and was produced until 2008. 

The Cube Z11 came with a naturally aspirated inline 1.4-liter CR14DE or 1.5-liter HR15DE engine. The 1.4-liter CR14DE engine produces 66kW (88 hp) of power at 5600 rpm and has average fuel consumption of 6.3L/100 km while the 1.5-liter HR15DE produces 85 kW (114 hp) of power at 6000 rpm and has an average fuel consumption of 5.5L/100 km. These engines were attached to a 4-speed automatic and an optional CVT and e4WD system were available.

The interior of the Z11 is larger compared to that of the previous Z10, and that equates to more space. Some other optional interior features include an Ion filter (Air Ionizer) that cleanses the air, satellite navigation system, power mirrors, power windows, central locking, smart key access and steering wheel button controls.


The exterior of the Cube Z11 is curvy and angular, at the front the cube has 12 optional grille styles to cater for different tastes. The body kits and fender flares also come in different styles and the wheels you can choose between 14 or 15 inch wheels.


2005 Nissan Cube


The third-generation Nissan Cube was revealed for the first time in late 2008 at the Los Angeles Auto show as a 2009 model that was produced until 2019.

The Cube Z12 that were sold on the Japanese local market were equipped with the same naturally aspirated 1.5-liter HR15DE that was used in later models of the previous Cube Z11, but in some other markets there were some other optional engines such as the inline 1.6-liter HR16DE, 1.8-liter MR18DE petrol and the 1.5-liter K9K dCi diesel engines. These were attached to either the previous 4-speed automatic, or the optional 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual or CVT transmissions.


The cube Z12’s interior is spacious with dual front seats and 3 seats at the rear that can slide and recline into a theatre style. The interior mirrors are unique and the gauges are asymmetrical, the accents are “water drop” and the detachable multi-hooks for storage are some of the extras.


The Cube Z12 has several standard safety features such as the front airbags for driver and passenger, side impact airbags that use the advanced airbag system (AABS), tire pressure monitoring system, stability control, and traction control.


2013 Nissan Cube





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