2011 Nissan Cube vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Cube
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Kia Soul is possibly the top rival to the Cube; it 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.

At about 157 inches long, the 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.

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
The 2011 Nissan Cube looks like nothing else, while being surprisingly practical.
The 2011 Chevrolet HHR stands out with its retro exterior, but it's lackluster in most other respects.
The 2011 Kia Soul is fashion-forward and fun-to-driveā€”and unlike most of its urban-wagon rivals, it's just as practical as it looks.
Whether you see the 2011 Scion xB as trendy or odd, it packs a lot of space and versatility into a compact space.
The 2011 Scion xD offers an impressive list of features and sporty accessories, but it's not as much fun to drive as its image suggests.
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Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas/Ethanol I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
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Small Station Wagon2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon I4 Manual 1.8 BaseFWD 4-Door LS5-Door Wagon Manual5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)5-Door HB Manual (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
5-Door Wagon4 Door5 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon4 Door Wagon
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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