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2014 Nissan cube

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2014 Nissan cube Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

Although the EPA classifies it as a compact, we're not so sure the 2014 Nissan Cube is so easily pigeonholed. Its boxy shape and versatile interior mimic a small SUV, while its low ground clearance and car-like driving experience tell us the Cube is more like a mini station wagon. One thing is for sure, the Cube's radical styling puts it in a class all its own. From its asymmetrical rear window to its swing-open rear door, the Cube aches to be different. Buyers young and old will love the Cube's sub-$20K starting price, its long list of cool features, and its numerous accessories.

You'll Like This Car If...

If funky shapes and bold colors appeal to you, the 2014 Nissan Cube is right up your alley. Nissan excels at loading up its cars with a plethora of features for very little money, and the Cube is no exception.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like power on demand, the 2014 Nissan Cube isn't going to excite you. There are faster and better handling modes of transportation than the Cube, such as the VW GTI, Nissan Juke or the Mini Cooper Clubman.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.1
  • 6.4
  • 7.6
  • 7.0
  • 7.0
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#1

out of 3

Fuel Economy

#3

out of 3

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Consumer Rating

9.3 out of 10
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2014 Nissan cube Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

Other than a new color (Caspian Blue), there are no major changes to the 2014 Nissan Cube.

Driving the cube
2014 Nissan cube Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The Cube's boxy body, small tires and anemic engine make no pretense of sporting intentions. But, despite its relative lack of performance potential, the Cube actually scoots about with little...

drama. Even on twisting back roads, the Cube displays competent road manners, although the 1.8-liter engine struggles somewhat when the road ahead angles upward. The continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is actually a better choice in such situations, providing maximum torque and fuel economy. CVTs take some getting used to, however, because they feel like you have just one gear instead of several. Once up to speed, engine drone is quite noticeable inside the cabin, as is wind noise around the pillars and side glass. Around town, the story is a happier one, as the Cube exhibits excellent maneuverability, a tight turning radius, and is a snap to parallel park.
Favorite Features

INTERIOR DESIGN FEATURES
From its "pebble dropped in water ripple effect" headliner to its somewhat cheesy shag carpet dash mat, the Nissan Cube's interior is both clever and highly functional. That shag dash mat, for example, keeps sunglasses and cell phones from sliding off the dash better than anything we've experience to date.

SLIDING/RECLINING REAR SEAT
Rear-seat passenger comfort is often lacking in compact cars, but the Cube's sliding and reclining rear seats banish the notion of a cramped rear seat (and cranky rear-seat passengers). Move the seats forward, and the cargo area expands to hold even more stuff.

2014 Nissan cube Details
2014 Nissan cube Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Rather than mimicking its boxy exterior, the 2014 Cube's cabin is ripe with waves, circles and undulations. The entire dash slinks to and fro, and the air vents are elongated orbs. Take a gander above at the high ceiling, and you'll notice a headliner with a rippling pattern emanating outward from the center dome light. The seats are spacious, though not exactly supple. The steering wheel tilts but does not telescope. Rear cargo room is limited but can be expanded to over 58 cubic feet with the 60/40-split rear seats folded. Nooks and crannies abound to hold drinks and devices.

Exterior
2014 Nissan cube photo

The Cube joins the small cast of other boxy compact vehicles such as Scion xB and Kia Soul, but still manages to stand out from them. Whereas those rivals have taut, angular lines, the Cube's symmetry is softened with rounded edges. And then there are the windows, big orbs of glass that make the Cube look like it jumped to life from a cartoon. The rear-left window especially stands out, as it gives the appearance of wrapping around the corner of the car. Rounded lights front and back complete the square-meets-circle motif. The Cube's rear door swings out toward the left instead of rising vertically like a hatchback.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

A base 2014 Nissan Cube S model includes power door locks, windows and mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary input, folding rear seats, and a security system. In addition to six airbags, safety features include anti-lock brakes, brake-assist technology and traction-control systems. The SL adds a CVT automatic transmission, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button starter, automatic climate control, 16-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and an outside temperature display.

Optional Equipment

Extras available on the 2014 Cube include a Preferred Package that bundles a navigation system with 5-inch touch screen, rearview monitor, and premium Rockford Fosgate speaker system with subwoofer. Individual options include an ambient lighting kit for the interior and aerodynamic enhancements for the exterior. And of course, we can't leave out the interior design kit that includes that dash-mounted tuft of shag carpet. On base S models, a CVT automatic transmission can be had in place of the 6-speed manual.

Under the Hood
2014 Nissan cube Engine photo

The 2014 Nissan Cube is powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes a just-adequate 122 horsepower. Transmission choices include a 6-speed manual in base models or a CVT automatic that's standard in SL trim and optional for the S. All Cubes are front-wheel drive. The Cube's highway ratings of 31 mpg with a manual transmission and 30 with the CVT are good but not jaw-dropping. By comparison, a Subaru Impreza reaches up to 36 mpg, a Mini Cooper rates 37 mpg, and a Ford Fiesta SFE can garner an impressive 45 mpg.

1.8-liter inline-4
122 horsepower @ 5,200 rpm
127 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/31 mpg (automatic), 25/30 mpg (manual)

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for a base Nissan Cube S with a manual transmission starts right around $17,500. The CVT automatic adds $1,000 to the price tag. Load up a Cube, and you can have quite a bit of substance with your style for around $23,000. At its base price, the Cube is still quite competitive, but it's not the low-cost leader in this niche of rolling boxes. That goes to the Kia Soul, which has a starting price just shy of $15,500. At $19,900, the Fiat 500L costa a bit more, but brings a turbocharged engine to the game. The larger Scion xB, meanwhile, has a base price in line with that of the Cube. Before buying, be sure to check the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are actually paying for the Nissan Cube. Over the long term, the Cube's resale value is expected to hold up very well, though not quite as well as the Scion xB.

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2014 Nissan cube Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 94 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.4/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.5/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

you learn to ignore the naysayers!

By on Friday, March 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "I do miss the sunglass holder.."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love my cube. I am not in the 'profile' that this car was aimed at. I would actually have preferred a small wagon- a Sentra sized wagon would have been perfect for me. The size will fool you- you cant believe what fits in it. I have 3 big dogs who fit w/ crates. I travel 4 times a year, 2 hours away, to purchase the dogs raw food. It all fits with room to spare in the cube, at 30+ mpg..I used to take a pickup because I couldn't fit it all in my Sentra, and used twice the gas"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Fun car that attracts attention

By on Monday, December 02, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Fun car, Head turner, reliable, great sound system"

Cons: "strange air pressure when rear windows are down"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought my Cube brand new and paid way less then I would have for another vehicle with the same options. The car has headroom to spare! Lots of get up and go for such a fuel efficient engine. Seats are large in the front captains chairs and I easily fit 3 across the back seat! Love the back up camera and bluetooth hands-free phone feature, as well as the great Rockford Fosgate sound system that came installed when I bought it. Lets me plug in my iphone or ipad straight into the dash and pulls my playlist into the stereo so I can use controls on my steering wheel to change songs, as well as having a aux jack for any other device! Have had the vehicle over 2 1/2 years and have never had to do anything except the standard maintenance. Great in snow, never gotten stuck! Huge wrap around windows make for next to no blind spots and just look cool! Love the accents on the interior roof and in all the cup holders as well as the speaker covers! Only beef is that when the rear windows are open at speeds above 30mph, the car makes a noise, which I think is caused by the ripple effect on the ceiling, that hurts the drivers ears...but no other passengers are effected by it...weird. Otherwise great car for a great price!!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Not sure why Nissan doesn't advertise this car

By on Monday, October 21, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This thing is awesome! It's the roomiest compact out there. Among it's closest related cars, the Kia and the Scion, it is the slowest and most fuel efficient. I was concerned whether it could travel at high speeds but I've had it over 90 without a problem. I get about 30mpg all the time whether I'm on the highway or in the city (it's not exactly aero-dynamic). It's loaded with options and very easy to drive. My kids can stand up in the back seat while they get in but if I want more trunk space I can slide the rear seat forward an entire foot leaving them legroom like any compact but a huge cargo area. It did very well on ice when I traveled. The seat jacks way up giving very good visibility. I drove it 25 miles on a pretty rough dirt road through the mountains and it performed well. I can fit a bicycle inside it with the seats laid down."

13 people out of 14 found this review helpful

awesome

By on Sunday, October 20, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"first it is so comfortable to drive, because of the styling visibility is fantastic, very roomy I am claustrophobic and do no feel closed in at all . gas mileage is wonderful , color is beautiful wish they had continued the caribbean blue in their newer models just love this car! you can carry almost anything because of the fold down seats and cargo space air conditioned works great and the service Nissan gives you is wonderful ."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great vehicle to get around town with and roomy!

By on Friday, October 11, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 66,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Roomy, great mileage, great price!"

Cons: "low ride and limited gear choices in snow."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Enjoyed almost everything about this vehicle. Only downside is winter snow. The low ride and limited gear choices make winter snow difficult. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoy driving this vehicle. Great leg room all over, ability to lower back seats and carry cargo for trips with 3 or less, great turning ratio, great control on hills, easy entry into and exit from vehicle for everyone especially bigger folks, Consistent Gas mileage city or highway, many fun features available for car, and it is a highly rated for safety due to the numerous air bags."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

FUN, FUN, FUN

By on Thursday, September 05, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price and so much fun to drive"

Cons: "Wish it had two armrests in the front"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Own 2009 Nissan Krom Cube and I honestly love it. This is the perfect run for my dog and I. Have taken out of state numerous times with no troubles, great mileage, in and out of traffic quickly. Ms Daisy has a doggie booster seat which fits perfectly, her stroller stores perfectly. Love the sunvisors because I am short and the visors do keep the sun out of my eyes and Ms Daisy's. Love this vehicle it is perfect for me and my needs. My husband likes it too, although he will not admit it but he got it for Ms Daisy and I are VERY pleased. Odd looking yes, comfortable yes...perfect...PERFECT.. for my needs."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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