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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
there’s certainly no mystery surrounding the minimalist HVAC controls
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we particularly liked the asymmetric rear door that offers two detents, one at about 9 inches and the other all the way open
would have preferred actual iPod integration that's easier to use
For 2012, there are three trim levels offered for the Nissan Cube: 1.8, 1.8 S, and 1.8 SL. All models include air conditioning, power windows, remote keyless entry, a trip computer, and auxiliary input for the audio system as standard.
The 1.8 S adds cruise control plus a host of upgraded interior appointments, including a front passenger-seat armrest and other niceties like map lights. And the 1.8 SL model comes only with the continuously variable transmission (CVT) and adds automatic climate control, alloy wheels, an Intelligent Key system, and an upgraded sound system that includes iPod connectivity as standard.
Beyond those three levels, options are surprisingly limited. An options package added last year for the 1.8 S model fitted with the CVT includes a navigation system, a rear-view monitor, 15-inch alloy wheels, the intelligent key, and a Rockford Fosgate audio system. For the top-of-the-line SL model, the Preferred Package bundles push-button ignition, rear parking sensors, fog lamps, XM Satellite Radio, and (perhaps most attractive to younger buyers) better speakers--both a subwoofer and Clarion speakers for the rest of the car. Then there's a navigation system, which uses SD cards for map storage, that includes a 5-inch color screen, real-time traffic data, and a USB port.
The real secret to making a Cube distinctive comes from the Nissan dealer, who offers more than 40 different accessories for buyers to personalize their Cube after it's built. They range from custom wheels, decals, and other appearance options to more practical items like cargo organizers.
The 2012 Nissan Cube is loaded with standard features, and appeals to a young buyer with lots of customization options.