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2010 Nissan Cube Review

The 2010 Nissan Cube makes a statement with its boxy styling, and it has one of the roomiest interiors in the class, good safety scores and a lot of available features.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy interior
  • Good safety scores
  • Poor acceleration
  • Minimal storage room with the rear seat in place

New for 2010

  • Higher trims gained Bluetooth, an iPod interface and two additional speakers
  • Krom Edition gained color audio display with USB connectivity, rearview camera and push-button ignition




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.3
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2010 Nissan Cube Overview

The 2010 Nissan Cube may have an unusual exterior, but that boxy design gives it one of the most spacious interiors in the class. When it was new, reviewers appreciated its cushy front seats and spacious rear row. The Cube doesn’t have a lot of cargo space with the rear seats in use, but if you fold the back row, you’ll get one of the largest expanses in the class.

The base Cube has standard interior features that are typical for the class, but higher trim levels can be well-equipped with an iPod interface, satellite radio, Bluetooth and steering-wheel mounted audio controls. Standard interior features include air conditioning, a two-speaker stereo and an auxiliary input jack. The Cube, however, has a stronger list of standard safety features and above-average safety scores. Electronic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and anti-lock brakes, which are a lot of standard safety features for a 2010 small car, all come with the Cube. A rearview camera was optional when the Cube was new.

Auto critics said the Nissan Cube puts interior space and funky styling before performance. Though the Cube’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine isn’t very powerful, reviewers said it makes a capable commuter car and that it has good maneuverability. Overall, however, they said the Cube’s performance is just adequate.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Kia Soul is another small car that stands out in the class with quirky styling. Like the Cube, it has comfortable seating for five and a long list of standard interior and safety features. If you need to carry passengers and a lot of stuff at once, the Soul has more cargo room with the rear seats in use.

The highly-ranked 2010 Scion xB is another car with a boxy shape and plenty of space for five. However, if you need to transport passengers and their belongings, the xB doesn’t have a lot of cargo space when the rear seats are in use. Folding those seats down creates a cavernous space. The xB comes with a lot of standard safety and interior features.

Compare the Cube to the Soul and xB »


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