A compact wagon capable of seating five, the 2013 Nissan Cube comes in the S and SL trim levels.
The S model comes with several features for the entry level trim, including 15-inch wheels, keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, cruise control, rear privacy glass, Bluetooth, full power accessories, driver armrests, front passenger armrests, a six-speaker sound system and a tilt only steering wheel wrapped in leather.
Opting to go a bit further with the SL adds keyless ignition, automatic climate control, keyless entry, automatic headlights and 16-inch alloy wheels. In addition, this trim can have the Preferred Option package installed to it, which includes a premium sound system by Rockford Fosgate, a rearview camera, foglights and a touchscreen system for navigation.
All models can also receive several accessories for personalization, such as a shag-carpet topper for the dash, distinctive wheels and an aerodynamic body kit, which is far more inclusive than its competitors from Honda.
The 2013 Nissan Cube is a front wheel drive vehicle with a four-cylinder 1.8-liter capable of delivering 127 pound-feet of torque and 122 horses, a more powerful engine than the Honda Fit of this year. The standard transmission for the S trim is a six-speed manual, while the SL comes standard with a continuously variable automatic transmission that is an option for the S trim.
Some performance testing proved a CVT-equipped Cube could jump up to 60 miles per hour in just 9.7 seconds, beating out the automatic-equipped 2013 Honda Fit. The fuel economy for the Cube is estimated to be 27 miles per gallon in the city, 31 miles per gallon on the highway and 28 miles per gallon when combined with the CVT. With the manual, the numbers change to 25 miles per gallon in the city, 30 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 miles per gallon when combined.
Behind the wheel, the 2013 Nissan Cube may not be a huge powerful, but most buyers will be satisifed with the engine and its CVT working together for a comfortable ride. The suspension is appropriately tuned and offers fair handling.