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Took one out a week ago for a drive. Felt good. Waited a week and then went a drove another one yesterday. While I love the look and the ride I dont think is is for me. Did some checking on real world gas mileage. The company I work for has a large employee base in Japan. I sent some emails out to a hald dozen employees who owned Cubes. WHile theirs are a bit different gas mileage was only rated as fair to poor. They blame the large windshield and front end is always pushing air and makes the mileage poor. Not a big issue at $2.35 a gallon today but if we get back to $3.00 or over we will feel the pain. I was surprised to see the 6 speed fuel mileage at 24/28 and the CVT at 28/30. I always thought standard shift would be better.

Also when I compare the new FIT at just over $16K compared to the SL at $17590 it does not make sense to get the Cube unless it was just for wierd looks. Still very much undecided.
 

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I just came back from driving a fully loaded one for $19,000. The drive was really nice as it took in a lot of pot holes, but accelerating reminded me of the engine size. The plastics were fairly good as well as the feel of the seat, but for the price
I would expect some of the steering wheel to be more adjustable. On the highway, you were able to hear wind noise, so to with the FJ Cruise's windshield, but that is what is expected with a flat window. I tried swerving the car in and out to see how it would feel driving on a bridge with crosswinds and it did OK.
I would recommended looking at the base CR-LX for about $ 1,000 more or wait for the 2010 Golf if you want versatility with a bit more value. The Cube needs a sunroof and AWD (like the JDM) to really win me over, but it is a good start.
Let's see what Nissan does with this model in a few years!!!
 

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I really like the way it looks but it is really a Versa with a different body. But it is way over priced
 

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Yes, the price is kind of expensive considering it is a Versa, but I think the reason the price is kind of hight is that this model is made in Japan where the dollar value isn't great. I think this time next year, people will able to make better deals on the car and it also might have some spiffy options like what I was complaining about before.

If you were to read my website, I mentioned awhile back that now Honda wants to attract younger audiences like Nissan
and Scion. Since the Element needs to be replaced and another box like vehicle will come into place, you might have to focus on the Crossroads or wait to see if you can get a better deal on a Cube.

- WT
www.thecarnerds.com
 

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redbluff said:
I really like the way it looks but it is really a Versa with a different body. But it is way over priced
Remember, though, that the base Versa is very bare bones - no AC or power anything...or a radio. I think the Cube's base price is reasonable, all things considered.
 

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You are only talking about $15k for an absolute base model. I don't know of many comfortable vehicles that can sell for so little.
 
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