The Cube, which has been a hit in Japan for some time now, recently landed in the U.S. Competitors include the Scion xB and Kia Soul, as well as small SUVs like the Honda Element and Jeep Patriot. All Cubes come with a standard electronic stability system and six airbags. Power windows and air conditioning are also standard.
New for 2010
There are no significant changes for 2010.
The Cube's tail features a rearward-jutting bumper. A wraparound window replaces the passenger-side exterior rear pillar, though there's a hidden pillar on the inside, so it doesn't make for blind-spot-free sightlines.
- Swing-out rear door, rather than liftgate
- 15-inch wheels standard
- Optional rear spoiler
- Optional Krom package has bright chrome trim and unique wheels
Like the xB, the five-seat Cube sports some unorthodox styling. The dash has wavelike contours and the tachometer is white, but the speedometer fades to blue. "Water drop" accents include ripple effects in the headliner, cupholders and stereo speakers. Nissan says it styled the backseat after a sofa; the seats recline and move forward and backward. The seats also fold down, though they don't yield a flat load floor, as there's a deep storage well behind the seats.
- Light gray or graphite interior color options
- Optional keyless access
- Optional automatic climate control
- Krom models have unique upholstery, ambient interior lighting and standard Bluetooth connectivity
Under the Hood
There is one engine available for the Cube.
- 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
- Standard six-speed manual transmission
- Optional continuously variable automatic transmission
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Electronic stability system
- Active front head restraints
- Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows