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2013 Nissan Cube Interior

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With its wave-inspired interior design, auto writers consider the 2013 Nissan Cube one of the most eccentric cars on the market. Fitted with some hard plastics, the Cube’s interior quality is typical for its price range. The Cube doesn’t offer as many standard features as its classmates, but overall, test drivers say that the interior controls are pretty straightforward, and the Cube has of the most spacious cabins in the class.

  • "Modest materials and hard plastics are used to good effect for a pleasant cabin that presents better than many class rivals. Cloth seat upholstery has a unique embossed pattern and a velour-like texture that makes it feel surprisingly upscale for a subcompact." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

Though some test drivers think the Cube’s seats are comfortable and one says they don’t have enough padding, test drivers do agree that the Cube’s cabin is very spacious. According to auto writers, the front seats are roomy. One reviewer says visibility is good in nearly every direction except the rear left corner, where the rear headrests can hamper the driver’s view. Reviewers also say the rear seats have a lot of headroom and adequate knee room.

  • "Large adults will find plenty of room on comfortable seats. There's no center console, thus no center-console armrest. Drivers get a fold-down seat-mounted armrest. Extra-large sun visors are provided for the tall windshield and side windows. Visibility is quite good overall, thanks to Cube's large windows and upright stance. The asymmetrical wrap-around rear window helps the view over the right shoulder, but the rear-seat headrests slightly block the view directly aft." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The seats are spacious, though not exactly supple." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Rear passengers have quite decent knee room, and the front bucket seats are comfortable even for big and tall people." -- Cars.com (2010)
  • "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 (2010)

Interior Features

The 2013 Nissan Cube comes with a two-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. Optional features include a touch-screen navigation system, rearview camera, USB port and push-button start. Many of the Cube’s rivals come with four-speaker stereos, but the Cube offers a set of six optional speakers.

Test drivers don’t complain much about the Cube’s interior features. One auto writer says they are easy to reach, read and use. A different test driver, however, says the iPod interface is frustrating because he had a hard time understanding how to choose playlists. Auto writers say the Cube’s optional shag dash topper, which is located at the center of the dashboard, is probably one of the most interesting aspects of the Cube’s interior. It confuses some reviewers because it’s not very functional, and it looks like a toupee. One test driver likes that the smaller items he places there don’t move around when he’s driving.

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  • "Despite a rather whimsical dashboard-design layout, gauges are clearly marked and easy to read, and most controls are well placed. 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." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Is a big tuft of shag carpet in the middle of the dash a bit kitschy? Well yes, but it's a conversation starter and can even be useful. We found that big soft spot a good one to set sunglasses and other items that all too easily scamper about in cars." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2010)

Cargo

The 2013 Cube offers 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. With the rear seats down, the cargo area expands to 58.1 cubic feet, which is impressive for the class. Test drivers think the Cube offers plenty of cargo space and say there’s an abundance of interior cubbies. Though the Cube offers plenty of storage, reviewers dislike its cargo door, which is side-hinged and opens like a refrigerator door. They say it gets in the way when loading and unloading items because it swings out too far.

  • "Excellent for a subcompact. The Cube's cargo area is deep, but not very long front-to-back with the rear seat up." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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 (2010)
  • "Nooks and crannies abound to hold drinks and devices." -- Kelley Blue Book

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