2013 Nissan Cube vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Cube
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

None of the vehicles that we'd consider as alternatives to the Cube are quite as, ehem, Cubic as this Nissan.

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

The Cube is sized in line with the last-generation Scion xB, a vehicle that found a cult following in the U.S., 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.

For day-to-day use and commuting, the Kia Soul is probably the top rival, as well as the driving enthusiasts' choice; the Soul handles well even if it doesn't have a lot of power, and it manages to get better mileage on the highway than the Cube.

The only weakness for the Soul is its lack of refinement inside.

Those who are okay spending a bit more will also want to include the quirky MINI Cooper Clubman, which has hinged rear doors and is a 'utility coupe' of sorts.

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7.6
The 2013 Nissan Cube is boxy alright, but in a way that prioritizes style and fashion, not outright practicality.
7.8
The 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid is the first head-to-head challenger for the Toyota Prius since that car grabbed the green mantle a decade ago--and in many ways, the Ford's a better daily driver.
7.6
The 2013 Kia Soul is both soulful and sensible--a distinctive, roomy, fun to drive alternative to staid small sedans or utility vehicles.
7.8
Call it fashionable or not; the 2013 Scion xB offers box-on-wheels versatility, easy maneuverability, and a strong list of features, all at a very affordable price.
6.8
Packed with value, the 2013 Scion xd isn't quite as much fun to drive as it looks.
MSRP From     
$16,760N/A$14,400$21,400$16,970$15,745
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4N/AGas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonN/ASmall Station WagonSubcompactSmall Station WagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name     
5-Door Wagon Manual SN/A5-Door Wagon Manual Base2-Door Coupe5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveN/AFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
5N/A5455
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
WagonN/A5 Door WagonCoupeWagonWagon
Transmission     
ManualN/AManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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