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2014 Nissan Cube Overview

The distinctively different Nissan Cube turned heads when it first appeared in 2009, and it continues to appeal to auto buyers seeking something a little different. Although it's not the most aerodynamic vehicle ever built, the Cube compact wagon offers a roomy, functional cabin with plenty of headroom and cargo space, as well as good maneuverability and a decent list of standard features. For 2014, the Cube receives a new Caspian Sea exterior color as its only update, rolling into the new year essentially unchanged.

The Cube's unique design remains one of its biggest calling cards. The well-named Cube displays a tall, boxy shape with a unique asymmetrical wraparound rear window, which provides good visibility out the right side. Like all the other windows, it has rounded rather than angled corners, providing a bubble-like appearance. Up front, the Cube's snubby nose features widely spaced headlights framing a dark narrow grille, while the short tail with its bar-like taillights completes the look. In another interesting design element, the rear hatch opens from the side, like a refrigerator door, and features a low load-in height, adding to the vehicle's practicality.

For 2014, the Cube comes in 1.8 S and 1.8 SL trim levels. Both trims include power exterior mirrors and privacy glass as standard features, while the SL also gets automatic on/off headlights. An optional SL Preferred Package adds front foglights, as well as a number of interior upgrades.

A 1.8-liter, DOHC 4-cylinder engine provides power for both Cube trims. The engine features variable valve timing for improved efficiency and produces 122 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque. It drives the Cube's front wheels through either a 6-speed manual transmission, which comes standard in the S trim, or a Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT), standard in the SL trim and available as an option in the S. In the S, the engine posts fuel economy numbers of 25 mpg city/30 highway with the manual shifter, which rise slightly to 27/31 for the SL with the CVT.

Most owners agree the Cube is fun to drive. Its relatively long wheelbase (99.6 inches) compared to its overall length (156.7 inches) results in short overhangs in the front and rear, making the Cube easy to maneuver, assisted by a tight 33.4-foot curb-to-curb turning radius. In addition, its wide stance helps make up for its lack of aerodynamic design, giving it decent stability and handling. By pushing the wheels out to the 4 corners, Nissan adds another level of stability and surefootedness. Acceleration remains on the slow side, but the CVT delivers smooth shifts, and the Cube feels zippy around town while running daily errands. The S rides on 15-inch steel wheels, while the SL gets 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Cube's interior remains as unique as its exterior. A swooping dashboard, oval air vents and rounded headrests and armrests give the cabin a quirky yet comfortable feel, while the raindrop-inspired interior roof resembles a rippling pond. The Cube's tall, boxy design results in plenty of headroom for even the tallest passengers. Five passengers will fit comfortably inside, with plenty of room in the rear seat, which sits higher than the front seats, providing a good view in all directions. In addition, the rear seat slides and reclines to fit just about any passenger or cargo-configuration need. The large windows provide a very open cabin feel, while numerous storage spaces make it easy for families on the go to carry plenty of gear. With the rear seats folded down, the Cube offers a respectable 58.1 cubic feet of cargo space, although that drops to a tight 11.4 cubic feet with the rear seats up and in place.

Both trims get premium suede-like cloth upholstery as a standard feature, along with air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry and a 6-speaker audio system a CD player, speed-sensitive volume and Bluetooth. In addition, the leather-wrapped steering wheel includes audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls. The SL adds push-button start and automatic temperature control, while the optional SL Preferred Package includes such features as a Nissan Navigation System with a 5-inch touchscreen, a rear-view camera, a 6-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio and a USB port.

The Cube was named a Top Safety Pick for 2013 by the IIHS, which should continue forward to 2014. Although the NHTSA did not safety-rate the 2013 Cube in all areas, it awarded the vehicle 4 out of 5 stars for protecting passengers in a rollover. Standard safety features for the Cube include 6 airbags, along with Vehicle Dynamic Control, traction control and antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist.

Beyond the basics, the Cube can be customized with more than 40 accessories, which include an interior lighting system, a shag dash topper, interior trim accents, a rear cargo organizer, unique wheels, vinyl decals and illuminated stainless-steel kickplates. Owners can also choose from three accessory packages, including the Interior Designer, Interior Illumination and Exterior Accent packages, which can help make the Cube even more distinctive.


Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in California.

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