2011 Nissan Cube Styling

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The 2011 Nissan Cube is an oddity, no doubt. But for those motivated by style and fashion—yet still needing a healthy dose of practicality—the Cube hits the right buttons.

Rounded snout aside, the Cube is quite boxlike, but the details make the design feel special. It's one of the most overtly asymmetrical vehicle designs seen in recent years, and that's one of the reasons it stands out in the market. The rear hatch opens at the side and is hinged at the left; the rear window curves continuously—almost uninterrupted—around the right rear corner and right side of the vehicle. The windows are bordered all around by a beveled "frame," and the middle pillar on either side tapers at the middle. Yet especially from the front, the Cube has a surprisingly macho stance, enhanced by the wide-set headlights and strong horizontal themes in front and in back; designers call the inspiration "Bulldog in Sunglasses."

Like the Scion xB, the Cube has a boxy design with rounded corners everywhere, but with its asymmetry and flared sheetmetal for the wheel wells and rear fascia, the Cube is far more distinctive than the xB.

The 2011 Nissan Cube is full of eccentric detailing, and unapologetically aimed at the young and trendy.

The Cube also stands out inside, where it's also a lot more functional than the weird exterior might suggest; designers follow a "Casual Lounge" theme in the cabin and give it the curves of a Jacuzzi tub—with a rounded, recessed instrument panel running through to the door panels and carving out areas for the front occupants, along with water-ripple styling cues that echo throughout. The dash has two scooped shelf areas, and trim pieces and other styling cues show off prominent oval designs.

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