By Cars.com EditorsJune 17, 2010
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Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2010 Nissan Cube Krom. It competes with the Scion xB and Kia Soul.
<v Announcer>Cars.com auto review. Hi, I'm Joe Wiesenfelder with cars.com. No, UPS, has not downsized its delivery vans. This is a 2010 Nissan Cube.
Now let's see what brown can do for you in this top of the line Krom trim level, which is over $20,000, 6,000 more than the base one, and it's spelled with a K and a long O for reasons we cannot fathom. There's some things that make the Krom unique versus the regular Cube starting with a very dominant chrome grill, spelled with a C H, a different front and rear bumpers. They're a little bit deeper. They are, make the car about an inch longer, but it's still pretty small. The Krom has its own rear spoiler. Now I noticed this is a very bossy car. It says right here, do not use an automatic car wash or high pressure washer because it could damage the spoiler. It doesn't end there. Now this car has the shag dash topper, topper another word for toupee. You would think, what could this be for? Maybe you put your phone on, it holds it in place, but no, there's a sticker right on it that says, do not place objects on it. It can be distracting or cause injury in a collision. Fortunately, this is an option. There's no reason for it at all. And similarly, there's this like kind of shelf here on the dashboard. You think that'd be a good place to put things too. The owner's manual says very clearly don't put anything on there. It could be a hazard. This may look like a seat. Do not sit on it. You can look at the seats though and when you do, you'll see a gray pattern that's not available on the other trim levels. Likewise, in this one, you can get stereo controls on the steering wheel, what they call titanium finish on the vents here and also on the shifter and stainless steel pedals as well. Now, in terms of comfort, the cushion isn't quite as long as I'd like, but I have to say the seat goes high enough that it's not that bad. A lot of cars you sit lower and your legs are way out in front of you. Though I have to say in longer drives the support in these cushions isn't great. So it gets a little bit less comfortable, but one of the bonuses of having a big square vehicle is lots of head room and more interior room than you probably think. Same story in the backseat, plenty of headroom and leg room even with the driver's seat all the way back thanks to a backseat that slides to a few different positions and I can also adjust my back rest. The cargo area also benefits. Boxy equals roomy. The seats fold flat, or at least fold down. Seat moves forward as I mentioned. One thing we're not as crazy about is instead of a lift gate there's this swing gate. Problem is it takes a lot of space back here if you're parked to a wall or maybe parallel parked, it comes pretty far out. So overall, take a look at the full review on cars.com to get driving impressions, but basically a relatively comfortable ride, a little bit tall and top heavy for sporty handling, but generally speaking, it's a utilitarian vehicle if you don't like some of the crazy styling issues with the Krom you can get basically what you want for much cheaper than the more than $20,000 here. <v Announcer>For more car related news, go to cars.com or our blog KickingTires.net.
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