2012 Nissan Cube vs. Its Competition

2012 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Side Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Cube has a few small rivals, but none of them are quite as exaggerated and...cubic.

The smaller Scion xD is sized very closely with the Cube, but it doesn't have nearly as much backseat space or cargo room.

At about 157 inches long, the Nissan Cube is about the same size as the last-generation Scion xB.

But the current xB is quite a bit larger and heavier than both the Cube and the last xB, yet it doesn't feel any roomier.

The xB's heftier driving feel and better stability on the highway are positives, but its real-world gas mileage isn't as good as the Cube's.

The Kia Soul is probably the top rival, as well as the driving enthusiasts' choice; it handles well even if it doesn't have a lot of power.

One weakness for the Soul remains interior refinement.

We can see some other shoppers--if they're willing to spend a bit more--looking at the also-quirky MINI Cooper Clubman.

With its hinged rear doors, it's a 'utility coupe' of sorts, and but also makes the right statement for the fashion-conscious.

2012 Nissan Cube 5dr Wagon I4 CVT 1.8 S Side Exterior View2012 Nissan CubeBrowse Used Listings2012 Kia Soul2012 Kia SoulBrowse Used Listings2012 MINI Cooper Clubman 2-door Coupe Angular Front Exterior View2012 MINI Cooper ClubmanBrowse Used Listings2012 Scion xB 5dr Wagon Auto (Natl) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Scion xBBrowse Used Listings2012 Scion xD2012 Scion xDBrowse Used Listings
Quick Specs
7.6
For those motivated by style and fashion—yet still needing a healthy dose of practicality—the Cube hits the right buttons; practical types might find it hard to get past some packaging issues, though.
8.2
The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
8.4
More capacity, more practicality, and just as much sport and style, the 2012 MINI Cooper Clubman strikes a balance between family and fun.
7.8
Trendy or odd, the Scion xB jams plenty of space and versatility into its compact footprint.
6.6
It's not as much fun as its styling suggests, but the 2012 Scion xD has a low base price and offers lots of accessories.
MSRP From    
$14,980$13,900$21,200$16,300$15,345
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSubcompactSmall Station WagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 Base5-Door Wagon Manual Base2-Door Coupe5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55455
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
5-Door Wagon5 Door WagonCoupe4 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon
Transmission    
ManualManualManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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