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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|25 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||42 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
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|5-Door Wagon Manual S||5-Door HB SEL||5-Door Wagon Manual Base||5-Door Wagon Manual (GS)||5-Door HB Manual (GS)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-wheel drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Wagon||Hatchback||5 Door Wagon||Wagon||Wagon|
|Manual||Continuously Variable Ratio||Manual||Manual||Manual|
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