I received email from Nissan last week informing me that the Cube is here. So, I drove over to the Nissan dealership Saturday to check it out. They had two of them on the lot, and I was taking a test drive not ten minutes after I arrived. The salesman was apologizing that they hadn’t been trained on it yet, and was reading over the information I had printed off of the website while I was driving.
It occurred to me that I’m excited about the Cube for all the same reasons that I was excited about the PT Cruiser.
- It has a unique design. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that it has style—a personality. It will catch people’s attention, and won’t be mistaken for some other car (although my daughters have already pointed to a Honda Element and a Scion xB and said, “Look Daddy, it’s a cube!”).
- It is practical. As small as it seems, it is spacious on the inside. There is a lot of headroom, plenty of legroom, and a fair amount of storage space. It is versatile, allowing you to carry a lot of cargo, a lot of passengers, or a little of each.
- The interior design makes use of color, texture, and a pond ripple motif to make it feel friendly, comfortable, and richer than other cars in the same price range. Much like the flower vase that comes in the contemporary Volkswagen Beetle, it has little eccentricities that show that considerable thought was given to the design.
- It is affordable. When I first saw a picture of the PT Cruiser, I figured it would be priced like a sports car, putting it out of my league. I was excited to learn that you could get one well equipped for $20,000. The Cube is very reasonably priced, and it comes with a lot of features that you don’t expect in that price range, such as Vehicle Dynamic Control and Continuously Variable Transmission.
On top of all that, it has respectable gas mileage, a very tight turning radius, and remarkably comfortable seats. I was sold. I decided to go for the special Krõm edition, which came with all of the options I was interested in, as well as some niceties that I felt I could afford to treat myself with, and sportier styling that appealed to me more than the standard models. As luck would have it, the dealership already has that exact model, built exactly the way I want it, scheduled for delivery any day now. By the end of the week, I’ll be cubed.
I will feel a little sad handing over my Cruiser. It’s been a fine car, and I’m still proud to own it. It suits me. However, my new crush will likely keep my mind off of it. It’s time for something new.