2010 Nissan Cube vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

At about 157 inches long, the 2010 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.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The spacious, refined 2010 Nissan Cube makes a whole lot of sense for city dwellers, and it'll get you more attention than many sport coupes.
7.4
The 2010 Chevrolet HHR has love-it-or-hate-it styling, but it should appeal to those who want good cargo capability in an economical ride.
8.4
Fun, fun, fun: Kia tries a little Soul on for size, and it fits.
7.6
The 2010 Scion xB has a lot of space, polarizing looks, and lots of safety features. It provides good value for those on a budget, trendy or not.
7.0
The 2010 Scion xD is a substantial, feature-laden choice in the econobox class, and buyers can customize to their heart's content.
MSRP From    
$13,990$18,720$13,300$15,850$14,900
Gas Mileage    
24 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSubcompact car
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 BaseFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
5-Door Wagon4 Door5dr Wgn4 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/ODManual