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Air bags, belt pretensioners, and active head restraints protect front passengers
Unlike many budget vehicles, which tend to skimp on standard safety features, the 2009 Nissan Cube is a safety standout and one of the most impressively equipped vehicles in its price range.
The Nissan 2009 Cube hasn't yet been crash tested by either NHTSA or the IIHS, but it's possible to determine the relative safety of this subcompact. As TheCarConnection.com's editors point out, the 2009 Nissan Cube boasts all the safety features a shopper would get on most crossover SUVs that cost twice as much. Automobile Magazine lists some of those standard features as "air bags, belt pretensioners, and active head restraints [that] protect front passengers," while "side curtain air bags" work to keep the Nissan Cube's rear occupants safe. Other safety features on the 2009 Nissan Cube include "Vehicle Dynamic Control (with Traction Control) ABS and Brake Assist," according to reviewers at Road & Track. Edmunds simply points out that the Nissan Cube features "a full complement of safety features," and certainly more than you'll find on any of its competitors.
Visibility can be a sore spot for some of the upright, box-like vehicles, but TheCarConnection.com's research and driving impressions show this isn't much of a problem on the Nissan 2009 Cube. Reviewers at USA Today report that visibility is good from the driver's seat of the Nissan Cube, and TheCarConnection.com agrees. Editors here find that overall visibility is surprisingly good thanks to the large side mirrors and expanded corner window on the 2009 Nissan Cube.
Once you compare the 2009 Nissan Cube to its competitors—or other small cars—the Nissan's safety advantage becomes clear, as all major features come standard.