in 2009 Hatchbacks

Avg. Price Paid: $8,153 - $10,891
Original MSRP: $13,990 - $19,370
MPG: 24 City / 29 Hwy
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2009 Nissan Cube Interior

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Reviewers love the Cube's cabin for its whimsical design and expansive space for four passengers. But the Cube's utility is not as great as others in its class. 

  • "The interior is equally engaging as Nissan has added clever styling quirks and features that jazz up what could have been a dull interior." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "The Cube's interior -- the faraway windshield, the nearly vertical windshield pillars, the open seating, the airy cabin and towering headroom -- is more studio loft than economy car. For a car only 156.7 inches in length, over a wheelbase of 99.6 inches, the Cube is Alice's looking glass of unexpected vastness." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "There are fathoms of headroom, and the back seat is enormous, a neat trick considering the Cube is half a foot shorter than the Honda Fit." -- About.com
  • "While the upright design leads to spacious accommodation for five with a surprising amount of legroom given the exterior dimensions, actual utility is somewhat lacking." -- Jalopnik
  • "Best of all, the Cube's 109.1 cubic feet of interior room -- passenger space and cargo room combined -- is generous for an under-$15,000 car. Along with authentic Asian style, buyers get lots of practical room for passengers and cargo." -- The Associated Press

Front Seats

Reviewers find that the 2009 Nissan Cube's front row seats are comfortable, and appreciate the amount of headroom for the driver and front passenger. 

  • "Nissan says the interior is 'an inspiring canvas for personalization' including a 'social space' interior that offers room for five in lounge-like comfort. I climbed inside and can verify that there is plenty of head, arm, and legroom front and rear." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "You might think all the headroom would go to waste -- I could wear a large raccoon on my head while driving, no problem. What I found is that with the open space, people in the back can comfortably carry on a conversation with the people in the front without feeling like they are breathing down their necks." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The sofa-like front seats are as comfortable as sofas. What they lack in side bolsters is mitigated by deep, wavy stitching that holds your thighs in place." -- Car and Driver

Rear Seats

Writers say the 2009 Nissan Cube has plenty of space for two passengers in the second row, but there isn't sufficient space for a third passenger. 

  • "Nissan says it styled the backseat after a sofa; the seats recline and move forward and backward, which those in the Soul and xB don't. The seats also folded down, though they don't yield a flat load floor, as there's a deep storage well behind the seats." -- Cars.com
  • "The rear seats, combined with the dead-flat floor, are equally expansive and would have accommodated two of our website's six-foot-seven associate editor Jared Galls, although we only have one." -- Car and Driver
  • "Passenger space, no surprise, is generous -- a key advantage of a box. Though aimed at young buyers, Cube is roomy enough for their well fed, well-spread elders." -- USA Today
  • "As with most subcompacts, though, trying to add a fifth person is ill-advised." -- Edmunds
  • "As big as it is, the back seat is best suited for two; sit in the middle and the seatbelt buckles dig into your backside." -- About.com  

Interior Features

The Cube's avant-garde styling is evident in the cabin's ripple water drop design effects, the solar system concept present on the tachometer and speedometer, or the optional shag carpeting. 

According to Nissan's website, the upcoming Cube Krom should have 20-color LED lighting and an available Bluetooth connection, as well as a Rockford Fosgate-powered subwoofer. 

  • "The Cube's interior materials feel inexpensive but pleasantly innocuous. ... Its 'floating' meter pod instrumentation and simple curved surfaces contribute to Nissan's attempt to make the Cube a fun space that's accommodating to younger drivers." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "A captivating styling feature is the headliner that has the overhead light centered in a rippled 'water drop' design for a sculpture meets art look you can't help but run your fingers across its surface. Expect other manufacturers to embrace this untapped design area." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "To be sure, the Cube has some conspicuous design grace notes. You will appreciate the rock-in-a-pond ripple motif in the cup holders, speakers and, most notably, the headliner. Also notable is the side-hinged rear hatch and the asymmetric wraparound rear window. All very cool." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "The upgraded stereo system on the SL interfaces with iPods and iPhones. However, I would have preferred actual iPod integration that's easier to use. Nissan explains that their setup is more modular; that it's easier to accomodate the next big thing, which may or may not be iPod-centric. But in the meantime, I couldn't figure out how to select different playlists." -- CNET


There are mixed impressions of the Nissan Cube's cargo area. Although many critics praise the depth of the Cube's cargo hold, the approximately 50 cubic feet of open space with rear seats folded is not exceptional compared with the Honda Fit, Scion xB or Kia Soul. With seats up, the 2009 Nissan Cube has approximately 11 cubic feet of storage space. 

  • "Bungee cords affixed to the doors can be used to hold small items such as maps, and knobs protrude from the center stack and doors on which you can hang things (up to 1.5 kilograms). Finally there's a good place to hang a garbage bag." -- CNET
  • "On the positive side, the rear cargo hold is deep, accessed via a pull-out rear door with a hinge on the driver's side." -- Road and Track
  • "Maximizing its tall roof and slab side design, the cube allows you 'box up' a lot of stuff. With the rear seat upright there is 11.4 cubic-feet of storage space. Want more? Then simply fold the rear lounge seat down and there is 58.1 cubic feet of available pack up space." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Inside the cargo area is deep, but not a terribly capacious storage area, though folding down the rear seats (which also slide and recline) enables a total of 58.1 cu ft of cargo." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "The trunk is ridiculously small and folding down the rear seats only results in a very square, but awkwardly shaped and surprisingly small area for cargo. A traditional five-door hatch is equivalent or better at hauling stuff in every way but height." -- Jalopnik
  • "Aft of the rear seat, the Cube offers 11 cubic feet of storage, far behind the little Kia Soul's 19 cubic feet and a Scion xB's 22. With the rear seat folded, the Cube does surpass the Soul in utility -- 58 cubic feet versus 53 -- but both lag behind the Scion xB's 70. At least Nissan made the most of it, offering 19 sites to hang or store stuff." -- Car and Driver

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