2012 Nissan Cube Overview
With funky styling and plenty of spunk to go around, the 2012 Nissan Cube also offers great crash test ratings and a low base price which should keep car buyers happy.
The Cube is not quite a crossover, nor is it really a wagon. Its profile is similar to other “boxy” cars like the Scion xB and the Kia Soul, but the Cube sports a few interesting quirks that set it apart from other vehicles. Most prominent is the wraparound rear window, which goes over the vanished C-pillar on the passenger side and moves all the way up to the rear passenger door.
Asymmetry aside, the Cube only offers a single engine option: a 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or a CVT. With the CVT equipped, the Cube’s fuel economy ratings check in at 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway (25/30 respectively with the manual).
The Cube spreads its features across three available trim levels: base, S, and SL. For 2012, the S trim level adds more features including a navigation system, backup camera, and unique seats. Additionally, Nissan’s Intelligent Key system, which also adds push button start, now comes with the S and SL trims.
Inside, the Cube’s wacky styling continues with a dash board that undulates in and out and plenty of opportunity to customize the color and appearance of trim pieces so your Cube is unique to you. There is seating for up to five passengers and with the rear seats folded, a spacious 58.1 cubic feet of cargo volume. Standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and an auxiliary audio input jack. Further options include Bluetooth® /USB connectivity, automatic climate control, navigation system, and a Rockford Fosgate stereo system for those who want to spruce up their Cube even more.
The 2012 Cube is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and comes with antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, active front head restraints, and six airbags as standard equipment.
Once you get past the interesting looks, the 2012 Nissan Cube is a rather capable vehicle. It can seat five, gets good gas mileage (especially in the city), and has a low base price – this Cube is surprisingly well-rounded.