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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,987 - $13,520
Original MSRP: $14,740 - $21,640
MPG: 25 City / 30 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Cube Interior

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The 2011 Nissan Cube is one of the most eccentric cars on the market. Aesthetics aside, reviewers find the Cube’s interior satisfying. Its quality is on point for this price range, the seats are comfortable, and even though the rear door makes it difficult to load groceries and luggage, drivers can store a lot with the rear seats folded.

  • "Modest materials and hard plastics are used to good effect for a pleasant cabin that presents better than many class rivals." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Inside, the Cube's designers clearly put efforts into creating a unique and stylish space. Rounded shapes, interesting textures and a headliner and speaker covers that recall the ripples caused by dropping a pebble in a lake create a cabin that exudes high fashion." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

Shorter adults will fit inside the 2011 Nissan Cube a lot better than taller ones, who will have plenty of head room. However, they might be short on knee- and legroom. The seats are comfortable, but aren’t very supportive during long hauls. 

  • "The Cube offers a lot of headroom--more than the Scion xB and the Soul in the front and as much as the Soul in the rear--giving the car a roomy, open feeling." -- CNET
  • "Most adults should have enough headroom and legroom, but taller folks may wish for a bit more knee space behind a front seat pushed all the way back." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Some reviewers call the Cube’s interior high fashion, while others call it strange. It’s got a curvy dashboard and an interesting headliner that imitates ripples created by a droplet of water. There’s even a “Shag Dash Topper” at the center of the dashboard that confused test drivers because it’s not functional and looks like a toupee. It turns out the shag is just there for aesthetics, and if you think it’s weird, don’t worry, it’s optional.

Built for tech savvy twenty-somethings, the Cube offers a lot of features that will appeal to this crowd. If you upgrade to the S, SL or Krom trims you can get Bluetooth. There’s also a rearview camera. 

As for quality, the Cube’s interior is on-par for the class. It doesn’t come across as being extremely cheap, but reviewers can tell Nissan skimped on interior quality.

  • "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 accommodate 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
  • "Controls are well placed and clearly marked. The SL model has an automatic climate control system that uses push buttons, while the S gets a simpler system with rotary knobs. Both are easy to use. Nissan's typical steering-wheel-mounted cruise controls make a welcome appearance on both models, and the SL's Preferred Package adds redundant audio controls." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

The Cube doesn’t offer a lot of cargo space with the rear seats up -- only 11.4 cubic feet. However, with the rear seats down, the cargo hold expands to 58.1 cubic feet, which is impressive for the class. The Cube falls between two boxy competitors, the Kia Soul and the Scion xB. The Soul offers 53.4 cubic feet with the rear seats folded and the xB offers 69.9 cubic feet.

One of the main complaints reviewers had was the Cube’s rear door, which opens like a refrigerator.  It frequently gets in the way when loading and unloading items.

  • "The cleverly designed cloth cargo cover can work with the seat upright, folded, or in any combination. There are about a dozen cupholders about the interior that can also be used as small bins. A glovebox, a couple small cubbies, and a seatback pocket also offer small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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
  • "My biggest gripe about the Cube is its wide, refrigerator-style rear door. After a trip to the grocery store, I pulled my shopping cart up to the back of the Cube, but couldn't fully open the swing-out door without bumping it into the cart. I had to awkwardly swing my cart out into traffic, around my body and the partially open rear door to the right-rear side of the car where I could finally load my bags without any obstructions." -- Cars.com

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