At about 157 inches long, the 2009 Nissan Cube lands, size-wise, with the last-generation Scion xB.
The xB introduced for 2008 is quite a bit larger and heavier than both the Cube and the last xB, but it doesn't feel any roomier.
The xB does, however, feel heftier and might be a bit more stable on the highway, but its fuel economy isn't as good as the Cube's.
Visibility is also an issue in the xB.
Scion's smaller xD is sized very closely with the Cube, but it doesn't have nearly as much backseat space or cargo room.
Then there's the new 2010 Kia Soul, which has a boxy but slightly more conventional appearance that many might prefer to the Cube's especially quirky look.
Relative to the Cube, the Soul is the driving enthusiasts' choice; it handles well even if it doesn't have a lot of power.
The Soul isn't as refined as the Cube, though.
Yet another option is the Chevrolet HHR; though larger than the Cube, the HHR feels more cramped inside, and the HHR's tired retro design and rental-car interior is less likely to appeal to young fashionistas.
|2009 Nissan CubeBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet HHRBrowse Used Listings||2009 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings||2008 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Small Station Wagon||Small Station Wagon||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Small Station Wagon||Subcompact|
|5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base||5-Door Wagon Manual||FWD 4-Door LS||5-Door Wagon Manual (Natl)||5-Door HB Manual (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|5-Door Wagon||5dr Wgn||Hatchback||4 Door Wagon||4 Door Wagon|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|