2013 Nissan Cube Review
The 2013 Nissan Cube gets poor gas mileage but reviewers are impressed with its cargo capacity and roomy cabin.
The Cube comes with a four-cylinder engine that makes 122 horsepower and a standard six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission is optional. With the CVT, the Nissan Cube averages 27/31 mpg city/highway, according to the EPA. Those ratings, which are low for the class, are partially a result of the Cube’s boxy shape, which isn’t aerodynamic. Test drivers find that the Cube’s engine power is fine for city driving, but merely adequate on the freeway. They say the engine is noisy while accelerating and struggles during passing maneuvers. A few auto reviewers complain that the Cube’s ride is bumpy for their tastes, but they like its strong brakes and are very impressed with its accurate steering, which allows them to navigate tight spaces and park easily. The 2013 Nissan Cube does lag behind its classmates with low gas mileage and poor acceleration, but it does well when it comes to safety. It’s overall safety score is above average for the class.
Automotive journalists say the 2013 Cube’s exterior styling has its benefits, which begin with its interior space. According to reviewers, the Nissan Cube has comfortable front and rear seats that offer a lot of headroom. It also has a lot of cargo space overall, though some auto writers say its side-hinge cargo door gets in the way when loading cargo because it swings out too far. The Cube comes with a two-speaker stereo and auxiliary input jack, which isn’t much for the class, but it can be equipped with a USB port, Bluetooth, a navigation system, six-speaker stereo upgrade and a rearview camera, which are expected optional amenities in the class. Test drivers like that the controls are straightforward.
- "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
- "Looks aside, we still think the Cube is a clever package that should win many cubist converts." -- Car and Driver (2010)
- "Awkward proportions and asymmetric styling prove big barriers that mask the Cube's many strengths-including a lively drive, impressive interior room, and attractive details." -- Motor Trend (2009)
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Cube, the Scion xB has boxy exterior styling. According to reviewers, its boxy shape contributes to the xB’s comfortable front and rear seats and large cargo area. The xB is more expensive than the Cube, and it comes with more standard features, such as a premium stereo and Bluetooth. Reviewers are disappointed with the xB’s fuel economy ratings, which are lower than the Cube’s. Its engine produces more power than the Cube’s, but test drivers say the xB still struggles when passing and merging on the highway.
The Kia Soul is less expensive than the Cube, but it comes with more standard features, such as Bluetooth and a USB port. The Soul doesn’t rank highly for its performance, but it is available with a 164-horsepower engine that’s significantly more powerful than the Cube’s engine. Due to its square shape, the Soul also has spacious front and rear seats and good cargo space.
Details: 2013 Nissan Cube
The 2013 Nissan Cube is available in S and SL trims. All models have a 122-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a continuously variable transmission is optional. The Cube seats five, and the base model is equipped with few standard features, even for its class. It only has a standard two-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Higher trims can come with items like a USB port, Bluetooth, navigation system and a rearview camera. The Cube hasn’t changed much since it debuted for the 2009 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009 to 2013.