Nissan Cube, Murano CrossCabriolet To Die

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Nissan will kill off two of its quirkiest vehicles for 2015. Both the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet will disappear in the coming model year.

The CrossCabriolet, which famously found a home among a dementia-stricken man, will die along with the current Murano, as Nissan prepares for the 2015 model year and the all-new Murano.

The Cube, which sold is small numbers, will presumably get the axe because everyone interested in a geometric-shaped Japanese car has already bought a Scion xB.

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  • Rday Rday on Jul 09, 2014

    pricing was high and reliability was only so so according to CR. Too bad toyota screwed up on the second gen xb.

  • Sector 5 Sector 5 on Jul 09, 2014

    I recall Motorweek on PBS about a year or so ago seeing little point in the Mur-X-cab. I think FMCO have better sense of direction than Nissan NA. I was told at my dealer last Sat now they can't move the Note my neck of the woods. First gen Versa hatch did much better.

  • Chicagoland Chicagoland on Jul 09, 2014

    All this talk about Cube and Soul sales. Well who is supposedly buying these 'hot sellers'? Fleets. I see more Souls in the Rental Car lots at O'Hare International than anywhere else. They are getting dumped into fleets. No, I don't see any 25 y/o 'hipsters' driving them, only middle aged biz travelers forced into one, since a mid size car was not available. Hipsters get Jeeps, or bicycles. The Cube is a big seller, for medical Lab Testing companies delivering samples. Where employees have to go to get 'random' drug tests. Good riddance, Soul is next, which is the fate of most fleet queens.

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    • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Jul 12, 2014

      @zamoti Had a similar final-gen Dodge Avenger for a couple days from Enterprise. Worst car I've driven in my life!

  • MRF 95 T-Bird MRF 95 T-Bird on Jul 10, 2014

    Maybe Juke sales were cutting into the Cube market since they are priced roughly the same. As far as the Cross Cab is concerned maybe it was just to weird for it's own good. Now the only convertible Nissan offers is the 2-seat 370Z. If you want a 4-seat FWD convertible you have the Beetle and Eos unless you go upmarket $10-15k to an Audi.

    • Banger Banger on Jul 10, 2014

      This is a salient point, to which I'll add there's just enough quirky, weird styling commonality between the cube and the Juke that many cube owners are the same kind of buyer who might consider a Juke. I'd consider a Juke, but for three issues that turn me off of it: (1) Real-world transaction prices on Jukes have always been higher because dealers want to stock AWD/automatic Juke SLs and now, Juke NISMOs. The only way a Juke and a cube are really the same in price is if the Juke is a barebones stick-shift model and the cube is a mid-to-upper-level S or SL with a CVT. (2) Line of sight from the Juke's driver seat is horrible compared to the cube. Sight out the back half of the car is downright dangerous. Good thing most of them come with rearview cameras. (3) The high load floor makes zero sense. Especially on front-wheel drive Jukes, I wish Nissan would put a deep storage well back there the same way they do for the cube. Then maybe that little cargo area could prove a lot more useful. As it is, the higher load floor and sloping rear roofline conspire to limit its true cargo capacity much more than the cube's, despite the cube's bumper-to-back-of-seat distance being shorter.