Review: Nissan Cube is square, yes; hip, maybe – Auto Motion : The Orange County Register

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Review: Nissan Cube is yes; hip, maybe

get the feeling that you’re in a fishbowl, where everybody’s are on you? I had that feeling for a week, actually, as I tooled Orange County’s highways and in one of the newest boxes on wheels – the Nissan Cube .

The Cube, looks exactly like named, has been a hit in Japan for a now, but only made it to the last year. The car is part of the trend that began a few ago and includes models like the xB, Honda Element and, recently, Kia Soul .

The Cube is like those others, but its angles to a whole new level, one proudly screams, “Look at me! my wheels are round!”

And looked at you will be. While the car has out several months now and more are getting accustomed to seeing strange little vehicular on local roads, be prepared to get plenty of looks in the Cube, sea of windows only invites inward.

OK, in truth the tires the only thing that’s on the squat little Cube, starts at just under for the base version and climbs to a $20,000 or so for a Krom special

Inside, the vehicle opposes its exterior with a wave-inspired a rippled, concentric ceiling to evoke a stone splashing in and options like a big tuft of carpet in the middle of the dash both as ridiculous as it sounds admittedly, kinda practical a great place to set your for instance).

The five-passenger, front-wheel-drive also features plenty of and crannies to store stuff the iPods, cell phones and other gadgets that with today’s lives – the ones led by the Cube’s younger audience.

At 156.7 inches in the Cube is short. At that it’s just a hair than a MINI Clubman. But of its boxy shape, the Cube ample headroom and can hold a lot of

To that end, the rear can slide and recline for passengers, and and fold for cargo. I wish the seats folded flat, and the removable, lockable bin under the cargo mat felt cheap, a not helped by its Styrofoam-like bottom. the rear seats up in their position, cargo space is stingy.

Visibility is good in the – remember the aquarium analogy – and the height is taller than of a passenger car.

All models of the are powered by the same 1.8-liter engine that puts out 122 and 127 lb-ft of torque. That is just barely adequate in world. Transmission choices are a manual or optional CVT (continuously transmission), which is what had.

The Cube’s engine drones at speeds and, by its wails, seem to much enjoy up to them.

The Cube’s mileage is at 27 city/31 highway, and I averaged mpg in mixed driving.

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For romping town the Cube was fine and a bit fun, but the car felt jittery around 65 mph. In addition to and the engine drone at higher came a heavy amount of noise, which is one of the aerodynamic of driving a box.

Those angles also problems in the interior in the form of reflections on the driver-side window. Was a Honda Accord that landed in the passenger seat? No, the reflection of one on my right.

Sadly, no what speed I was going, I like a goober driving thing. Then again, I’m about 15 years beyond target demo with the

So to buy or not to buy? If it were my money, I’d take a second look at the Kia which offers a better and whose looks don’t out as much as the Cube, for better or

There’s no denying that the is a unique vehicle and a heckuva It would be a fine first or car, one that’s apt to be fawned by the attention-seeking teenage and college-age For those beyond those I think the Cube – and the attention it – may just leave them like a square.

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