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8.2

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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2012 Nissan Cube Review

The 2012 Nissan Cube isn't the most fuel-efficient car in the class, but reviewers said it has a comfortable ride and a generous amount of cargo space.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • Poor fuel economy

2012 Nissan Cube Overview

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Cube is a fine car for driving around the city and running errands. Most agreed that the 2012 Cube isn’t especially fast, but also that it has adequate power, decent steering and brakes and is easily maneuverable. The Cube has a four-cylinder engine that is paired with either a manual or continuously variable transmission. Reviewers said little about the manual, but one test driver wrote that the CVT feels smooth. With the CVT, the Cube achieves 27/31 mpg city/highway, which is less than what some of the more efficient models in the class earn, but also a bit better than the fuel economy of direct rivals like the Scion xB and Kia Soul.

The Cube’s cabin received fairly good marks from reviewers for its build quality and attractive design. Reviewers found that the five-seat Cube offers adequate space for the most part, though one reviewer said that the back seats may be a bit cramped for taller people. Other than keyless entry and power windows and door locks, the Cube comes with few notable standard features, which is typical for this class. Available features include a backup camera, navigation, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port. The Cube has up to 58 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is fairly good for the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

Reviewers considered the 2012 Honda Fit to be very practical, as its rear seats can be folded in different ways to accommodate larger cargo items. It also gets slightly better fuel economy than the Cube.

A sportier and more fuel-efficient alternative to the Cube is the 2012 Mazda3. Reviewers found it to be one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class.

Compare the Cube, Fit and Mazda3 »

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