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Expert Reviews 2 of 2
By Cars.com Staff
January 3, 2011
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 the Honda Fit and Jeep Patriot. All Cubes come with a standard electronic stability system and six airbags. Trim levels include the base, S, SL and Krom.
New for 2011 For 2011, a navigation system is now optional.
Exterior 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. Exterior features include:
Swing-out rear door, rather than liftgate
Standard 15-inch steel wheels with plastic covers
Optional 16-inch alloy wheels
Standard black folding mirrors; body-colored mirrors on S, SL and Krom
Optional rear spoiler
Krom edition has bright chrome trim and unique wheels
Interior 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. There's a deep storage well behind the seats. Interior features include:
Light gray or graphite interior color options
Standard power windows and locks with remote keyless entry
Optional keyless access with push-button start
Standard manual air conditioning
Optional automatic climate control
USB/iPod-compatible stereo with steering-wheel audio controls on S, SL and Krom
Optional upgraded Rockford Fosgate stereo
Optional 5-inch navigation system with real-time traffic and backup camera
Krom models have unique upholstery, ambient interior lighting, navigation system and Bluetooth connectivity
Under the Hood There is one engine available for the Cube.