2014 Nissan Cube Overview
- Unique styling inside and out
- Swing-out rear door instead of a liftgate
- Up to 27/31 mpg city/highway
One of the most uniquely styled cars inside and out, the 2014 Nissan Cube offers a high-level of customization and head-turning looks.
The Cube competes with other boxy cars like the Scion xB and Kia Soul, but takes its styling quirks to a much higher degree than either of those two. From the outside, the Cube has a wraparound rear window that covers the rear pillar on the passenger side and makes it disappear from outside view giving the rear glass and the side glass a seamless look. 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 curves back and forth, creating two large indents in front of the driver and passenger. The interior is also highly customizable, even down to the trim pieces surrounding the oval air vents. 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 2014 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.