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MSRP: $16,760 - $18,860
Invoice: $16,339 - $18,379
MPG: 25 City / 30 Hwy
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Nissan Cube Interior

Reviewers agree that the 2014 Nissan Cube has a unique interior design, but not all of them are fans of it. Some say that bold accents like mood lighting and a rippling water motif on the ceiling are chic and add a sense of whimsy. Others point out that despite an eye-catching design, the cabin is constructed with the uninspired plastic materials found in most affordable compact cars. Several reviewers are unimpressed by available accessories like a piece of shag rug atop the dash. While it’s supposed to keep odds and ends from rolling around, most auto writers find it useless. Thanks to its boxy shape and wraparound windows, the Cube’s cabin feels quite spacious, reviewers say, adding that the seats are comfy and there’s ample head- and legroom for all passengers. Test drivers also report that the dashboard and climate controls are easy to reach and intuitive to use. The Cube offers a good amount of standard and available features for 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 (2013)
  • "If you believe different is good, you'll like the Cube's passenger cabin. From the ripple pattern embossed into the headliner and speaker grilles to the available 20-color mood lighting, the interior is nearly as unique as the exterior." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 (2010)
  • "The dash-topping shag rug may serve as a conversation piece, as one Nissan spokesperson explained it, but there probably would be even more to talk about if the rug were able to grip the personal electronics that don't really have a home, like cell phones, iPods, and those keyless keys that are still required for push-button ignition." -- CNET (2010)

Seating

The 2014 Nissan Cube comes with a tilt steering column and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The rear seats slide and recline, which is an unusual feature in this class. Reviewers say the Cube’s large windows provide good visibility and make the cabin feel open. Seats are sufficiently comfortable and roomy, test drivers note, and the high roof provides ample headroom, even for tall passengers. There’s also plenty of legroom in the back seat, reviewers point out.

  • "The large windows provide excellent sightlines and an airy feel, there's plenty of space up front and the rear seat features a three-position sliding and reclining theater-style configuration." -- Left Lane News
  • "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 (2013)
  • "The seats are spacious, though not exactly supple." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Up front, the seats are fine for daily use but their comfort fades on long trips. The tall roof line gives the rear seats enough head- and legroom for even tall passengers to be comfortable." -- Edmunds (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Nissan Cube comes with a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary audio jack, an iPod interface, illuminated steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, Bluetooth phone connectivity and keyless entry. Optional features include navigation with a touch-screen display, a rearview camera, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, a USB port, satellite radio, automatic climate control and push-button start.

The Cube offers a good amount of features compared to some rivals, some of which require an upgrade to get Bluetooth or cruise control. Test drivers say the Cube’s gauges are clear and the climate controls are simple to operate. One reviewer notes that he and his family had a lot of fun with the optional accent lighting, which offers numerous color choices for footwells and cupholders.

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  • "Despite the little vehicle's emphasis on style, it makes no sacrifices in terms of interior functionality." -- Left Lane News
  • "What's more, all this attention to form doesn't get in the way of function, with gauges and controls that are easy to see and intuitive to use." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "My girls got quite a thrill out of the personalized LED lighting options inside the Cube (and if I'm being completely honest, I did, too). Just like my daughter's mood ring, the cupholders and footwells changed from violet to red to blue to green and every shade in between to match our ever-changing moods." -- Cars.com (2010)

Cargo

The 2014 Cube has 11.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 58.1 cubic feet with the rear seats down, which is impressive for a small car. However, the similarly shaped Scion xB has a total of 69.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Test drivers say the Cube offers plenty of cargo space with the seats down, but they point out that there isn’t much room for cargo when all seats are in use. There are plenty of interior storage compartments to hold odds and ends, they say. A few test drivers dislike the Cube’s side-hinged rear door, saying it can be cumbersome to open while loading cargo. 

  • "The cube falls a bit short on interior space with the rear seats in position, offering just 11 cubic feet. Fold the rear perch down, however, and stowage space increases to a sizable 58 cubic feet." -- Left Lane News
  • “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 (2013)
  • "Nooks and crannies abound to hold drinks and devices." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "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." -- Cars.com (2010)
Review Last Updated: 12/11/13

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