It's hip to be square. There, with the requisite square joke out of the way we can now discuss the 2010 Nissan Cube free from the specter of bad puns. Following the Scion xB and Honda Element, it may seem like Nissan is a little late to the boxy-crossover game. In truth, Nissan actually pioneered the genre in 1998 with the introduction of the first-generation Cube in Japan. The version arriving in the U.S. is actually the third-generation Cube, which is larger and more in line with American tastes.
The more time we spend around the Cube the more we appreciate its unique appearance. We felt perfectly at home driving around the ultra-fashionable parts of Miami, which is an impressive feat considering the 2010 Nissan Cube's low-rent starting price of less than $15,000. Given its tiny footprint, the Cube feels exceptionally roomy inside with plenty of headroom and legroom, the latter enhanced by a sliding and reclining rear seat. The Cube's road manners are anything but sporty, but considering its price and mission, it handles, rides and accelerates quite adequately. With good value, a pleasant driving experience and loads of style, the 2010 Nissan Cube may have the entry-level market... uh... cornered. Sorry.