2013 Nissan Cube Overview
The quirky 2013 Nissan Cube competes with the Scion xB and Kia Soul in the boxy cars division.
Each of these three boldly styled cars feature squared off styling with high ceilings that mean extra interior room for passengers. Of these three, it’s probably the Cube that takes the cake when it comes to unconventional designs with its wraparound rear window that covers the rear pillar on the passenger side and makes it disappear from outside view. The rear door to the cargo area swings out sideways, instead of up and down like a traditional liftgate. Even though it’s called the Cube and has a boxy profile, there are a lot of curvy touches to it; the windows have rounded corners, the front grille/headlight housing is a long oval, and the side mirrors are bulbous.
Power comes from a 122-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed transmission is standard, while Nissan’s Xtronic continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional. CVTs do not use traditional gears and are noted for their fuel economy benefits. Fuel economy ratings reflect this, as the Cube gets 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the manual, but 27/31 mpg city/highway when equipped with the CVT.
The Cube’s interior matches its exterior when it comes to unique styling, with a water-inspired look that spreads to most of the cabin. Up front, the upper part of the dashboard undulates back and forth, creating two large indents in front of the driver and the front passenger. The interior is also highly customizable, even down to the trim pieces surrounding the oval air vents. Look up and the water them continues, treating the center dome light as the center of a “stone in a pond” effect with ripples that shoot out across the ceiling.
Standard features include power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, and an auxiliary audio input. A navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic air conditioning, push button start, and USB/iPod port are optional.
The 2013 Cube also offers plenty of standard safety features, including antilock brakes, electronic stability system, active front head restraints, and side-impact/side curtain airbags for both rows.
Nissan claims "asymmetry is the new black" and proves it with the 2013 Cube.