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2014 Nissan Cube Review

The 2014 Nissan Cube is a hatchback that has a spacious cabin and pleasant ride. Competitors, however, offer sharper handling, stronger engines, and better interior materials.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Easy to park
  • Roomy cabin
  • Sluggish highway acceleration
  • Low-rent cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.8
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2014 Nissan Cube Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Cube a Good Used Car?

The Nissan Cube is a fine car if you're not interested in power or style. It will get you from point A to point B, but it won't be exciting. The Cube has a good list of easy-to-use standard and available features. However, its interior is full of plastics, and it has sluggish highway acceleration.

The 2014 Nissan Cube's four-cylinder engine offers decent power for most driving situations, but its highway acceleration is lackluster. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but the available automatic transmission is better matched to the engine. The base Cube earns EPA estimates of 25 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which is low for the class. Although the Cube's handling isn't very agile, it has a pleasant ride and strong brakes. It’s also easy to park.

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The 2014 Nissan Cube seats five on cloth upholstery and has a spacious – but bland – interior. The rear seats recline and can slide to increase passenger space or cargo room when needed. There is plenty of space in the front seats as well. The climate and infotainment controls are easy to reach and operate.

Standard features include a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth phone connectivity, an iPod interface, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, and keyless entry. Available features include touch-screen navigation, a rearview camera, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, a USB port, satellite radio, automatic climate control, and push-button start. This is a good amount of standard and available features for the class.

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Used 2014 Nissan Cube Prices

The price of a used 2014 Nissan Cube ranges from about $12,600 for the base S trim with a six-speed manual to about $14,100 for the fully loaded SL trim with a continuously variable automatic transmission. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Cube?

The 2014 Nissan Cube has a reliability score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. This is average compared to other cars on the road.

How Safe Is the Cube?

The 2014 Nissan Cube received four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) rollover test. It also received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) highest score of Good in all crashworthiness categories.

The Cube doesn't come standard with any active safety features. It does offer a rearview camera, however.

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Should I Consider Another Used Cube?

The Nissan Cube debuted in 2009 and was produced through the 2014 model year. All models are similar in terms of features, space, and performance. However, 2010 models gained Bluetooth and an iPod interface, among other features. There have been no significant changes since then, so you can likely save money and get roughly the same car if you choose a Cube from the 2010 to 2013 model years.

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Which Used Nissan Cube Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Nissan Cube comes in two trims: S and SL. Some standard features include Bluetooth phone connectivity, an iPod interface, and keyless entry. However, the base Cube model doesn't come standard with a commonly desired safety feature: a rearview camera. Upgrading to the higher trim, which has many more available options, may be worth it.

You might consider a certified pre-owned Cube. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2014 Nissan Cube and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Cube or 2014 Kia Soul?

The Kia Soul and Nissan Cube are similar in many ways: They both have spacious cabins, a generous list of standard and available features, and good everyday power from their engines. However, both models are lacking when it comes to highway acceleration. The Soul has a better interior design than the Cube, and it offers one of the largest cargo capacities in the class. Although a used base-model Soul costs less than the Cube, prices even out for higher trims. Overall, the 2014 Soul is the better used car. It’s the way to go.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Cube or 2014 Scion xB?

The Scion xB and Cube are also similar in many ways. Both cars are easy to maneuver and park thanks to their small size. Additionally, both cars have plastics throughout their cabins and similar standard and available features. However, the xB has more cargo space and lower fuel economy estimates than the Cube. If you need the extra cargo capacity, go with the xB; if you don't, go with the Cube for better fuel economy.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Cube or 2013 Honda Fit?

Honda didn't produce the Fit for the 2014 model year. The 2013 model was the last one before its redesign for 2015. The Fit’s cabin has ample space; adults will find head- and legroom comfortable in the front and rear seats. The Fit comes with similar standard and available features to the Cube. It also features Honda’s Magic Seat, which flips in different ways to accommodate a variety of passenger and cargo combinations. The Fit's engine provides a fair amount of power in the city and on the highway. Additionally, the 2013 Fit won our Best Subcompact Car for the Money and Best Hatchback for the Money awards when it was new. With similar prices to the Cube, the Fit is definitely the model to choose.

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