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2011 Nissan Cube Review

The 2011 Nissan Cube is a good choice for shoppers who want standout styling and a unique interior. Its boxy style also means that the Cube offers ample cargo space, provided you fold the rear seats.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent crash test scores
  • Good maneuverability
  • Comfortable seats
  • Little cargo space with all seats in use
  • Lackluster performance




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.8
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2011 Nissan Cube Overview

The 2011 Nissan Cube prioritizes its interior space and funky exterior style over performance, but reviewers agreed that the Cube is still a capable commuter with good maneuverability. However, if you’re looking for a quick and nimble 2011 small car, the Cube doesn’t offer the performance of rivals, like the 2011 Mini Cooper. Then again, the Cooper won’t offer nearly as much space when you need to haul large items.

Inside, reviewers found an interior that’s just as unique as the Cube’s exterior style. If you need good headroom, you’ll appreciate the Cube’s high roofline and comfortable seats up front, while the adjustable rear seats can recline and slide back and forth. The Cube doesn’t have much cargo space with all seats in use. Fold them down, however, and the Cube offers more cargo space than most other small cars.

The Nissan Cube’s interior quality is about right for the class, but the base model doesn’t have many standard interior features. It comes with power windows and door locks, a basic stereo and keyless entry. However, the SL and Krom Edition trims offer a lot more tech features. You’ll find features like Bluetooth, a USB port, push-button start, touch-screen navigation, satellite radio and a backup camera in fully-loaded models.

The 2011 Cube performed extremely well in crash tests.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Kia Soul also offers stand-out styling, but the base Soul is also better-equipped. The Soul came standard with a USB port, and offers more cargo space with the rear seats up, though the Cube has more cargo space when you fold the seats down. Both the Cube and the Soul deliver similar fuel economy and safety ratings, so expanding your search to both models might help you find a good deal.

Choosing the highly-ranked 2011 Scion xB means you’ll get safety scores that are at the top of the class, as well as more standard features. Like the Cube, the 2011 xB also has a lot of cargo space with the seats folded, though it doesn’t have much room when the rear seats are in use. On the downside, the xB’s fuel economy ratings are less than the xB’s.  

Compare the Cube to the Soul and xB »


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