2012 Nissan Cube

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2012 Nissan Cube
2012 Nissan Cube

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Ride quality
  • Quiet cabin
  • Gas mileage with CVT
  • City-friendly turning circle

The bad:

  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Ungainly handling
  • Unsupportive seats
  • Small cargo area
  • Clearance required by swing-gate rear door

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Manual or CVT automatic
  • Seats five
  • Bulldog-inspired styling
  • Adjustable rear seats

2012 Nissan Cube review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The Cube, which has been a hit in Japan for some time now, landed in the U.S. a few years ago. Competitors include the Scion xB and Kia Soul, as well as the Honda Fit and Jeep Patriot. All Cubes come with an electronic stability system and six airbags. Trim levels include the base, S and SL.

New for 2012

A new package for the S trim level adds more features including a navigation system, backup camera, Rockford Fosgate stereo, Nissan Intelligent Key, 15-inch alloy wheels and a unique seat color. Nissan Intelligent Key is now standard on SL models.


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 15- and 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Standard black-colored folding mirrors; body-colored mirrors on S and SL
  • Optional rear spoiler


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 colors
  • 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 and SL
  • Optional Rockford Fosgate stereo with satellite radio
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood

There is one engine available for the Cube. Mechanical features include:

  • 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional continuously variable automatic transmission


Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active front head restraints
  • Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for both rows

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.9
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews


Just gotta remember how to start it

The car is very roomy. I never realized that when I used to see lots of them on the road. I enjoy riding in it


Best first car!

The car drives really smooth and is very easy to maneuver and handle! For a smaller car, it is surprisingly roomy and there is a lot of space to store things when traveling!


Spacious and comfortable, my favorite car!

Comfortable for road trips or just getting around town. Great views from the huge windows. Great sound system, exterior and interior color and styling in the Indigo Limited Edition, plus a smooth ride. Very spacious for a small car. This has been my favorite car to own.

See all 10 consumer reviews


New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Nissan
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)
Dealer certification required
167-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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