Nissan Cube Review
The 2014 Nissan Cube ranks 27 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Cube, as well as reliability and safety data.
Auto writers say the 2014 Nissan Cube offers a comfortable ride and a roomy cabin, and is easy to maneuver in tight spaces, but its unique interior styling isn’t for everyone and rival cars have snappier handling.
The Cube has a four-cylinder engine, which test drivers say offers adequate power in most situations, though acceleration is sluggish while merging or passing on highway. Test drivers note that with the standard six-speed manual transmission, the Cube is peppier from a start than with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With the CVT, the Cube averages an EPA-estimated 27/31 mpg city/highway, which is a bit below average for an affordable small car. However, the Cube uses less fuel overall than its main rivals, the Kia Soul and the Scion xB. Test drivers say the Cube doesn't offer much in the way of sporty driving dynamics or driver engagement, but it has a comfy ride, precise steering and strong brakes. Its tight turning radius makes it easy to park in tight spaces, reviewers add.
Reviewers agree that the 2014 Nissan Cube has a unique interior design with bold accents like a ripple-effect ceiling, mood lighting and an available shag rug dash topper. While some are intrigued by these touches, others say that they're merely a distraction from the use of hard plastic materials. The cabin is very roomy thanks to its tall frame, reviewers note, adding that all seats are comfortable and there's plenty of headroom and legroom in the rear. Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an iPod interface, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and keyless entry. Optional features include a touch-screen navigation system, a rearview camera, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, automatic climate control and push-button start. Auto writers say the Cube offers a good amount of standard and available features and that the climate controls are well-placed and simple to master.
- "Cars don't get more quirky or whimsical than the Nissan cube, a small hatchback that resembles the box it was shipped to the United States in. Along with eccentric touches like an asymmetrical rear window and a refrigerator-style rear door, the Cube offers a versatile interior, a comfortable ride and a long list of standard equipment.” -- Left Lane News
- "With its agreeable ride quality and roomy seating, the Cube is a solid commuter car. Add in its reasonable price and healthy number of standard and optional features and you have an eye-catching set of wheels that could work as well for an 18-year-old college student as it does for her retired grandmother." -- Edmunds (2013)
- "Visual appeal (or lack thereof) aside, the Nissan Cube is not a highway warrior or a road carver. If you endure a long commute or crave a speedy vehicle that's good at cornering, consider stepping up to the Hyundai Elantra GT, Nissan Juke, Ford Fiesta, or Mini Cooper Clubman." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
- "Many shoppers are likely turned off by Cube's intentionally quirky, unorthodox styling. Their loss; beyond its unconventional looks, Cube offers a surprising amount of space and practicality in a compact, fun-to-drive package." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Cube, the Kia Soul has a boxy shape and comes with many of the same standard features, but has a lower base price. The Soul is also available with a more powerful engine, and reviewers say it has ample cargo and passenger room.
The Chevrolet Cruze receives high marks from reviewers for its nimble handling and comfortable ride. It comes standard with a whopping 10 air bags and test drivers say its optional infotainment system is easy to use. They also like its roomy cabin, which they say is made with high-quality materials.
Details: 2014 Nissan Cube
The 2014 Nissan Cube seats five, has front-wheel drive and is available in S and SL trims. A 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission are standard and a continuously variable transmission is available. The Cube hasn’t changed much since it debuted for the 2009 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2014 model years.