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2009 Nissan Cube vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Nissan Cube In Miami a
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At about 157 inches long, the 2009 Nissan Cube lands, size-wise, with the last-generation Scion xB.

The xB introduced for 2008 is quite a bit larger and heavier than both the Cube and the last xB, but it doesn't feel any roomier.

The xB does, however, feel heftier and might be a bit more stable on the highway, but its fuel economy isn't as good as the Cube's.

Visibility is also an issue in the xB.

Scion's smaller xD is sized very closely with the Cube, but it doesn't have nearly as much backseat space or cargo room.

Then there's the new 2010 Kia Soul, which has a boxy but slightly more conventional appearance that many might prefer to the Cube's especially quirky look.

Relative to the Cube, the Soul is the driving enthusiasts' choice; it handles well even if it doesn't have a lot of power.

The Soul isn't as refined as the Cube, though.

Yet another option is the Chevrolet HHR; though larger than the Cube, the HHR feels more cramped inside, and the HHR's tired retro design and rental-car interior is less likely to appeal to young fashionistas.

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The spacious, refined 2009 Nissan Cube makes a whole lot of sense for city dwellers, and it'll get you more attention than many sport coupes.
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Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
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The 2009 Chevrolet HHR is a great urban runabout for small-business owners with frequent cargo hauls.
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The 2009 Scion xB has polarizing looks, a no-haggle dealer experience, and a long safety features list. It provides good value for those on a budget.
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At a bargain price that’s not much more than stripper econoboxes, the 2008 Scion xD is a pretty hot little hatch.
MSRP From    
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Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSubcompact
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base5-Door Wagon ManualFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)5-Door HB Manual (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
5-Door Wagon5dr WgnHatchback4 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
 
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