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My Nissan Cube Experience

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From my "Random Slice of Life" file . . . experiences, advice, happenings, and glorious results of a misspent youth.

"Quick, Robin ... to the Bat-Cube!"

"Quick, Robin ... to the Bat-Cube!"

My Week in a Weird Looking Little Car

Late in the Summer of 2011, my aging Jeep Grand Cherokee finally breathed its last. It had served me well over the course of eight years, and had almost 135,000 miles on it at its time of death (a moment of silence, please...). There's never a good time for your vehicle to give up on you, of course, but the timing in this instance was particularly bad as a new work week was dawning with little to no time to go car hunting, plus my kids were about to start school again, so my wife needed to have her vehicle during the day.

In order to buy some extra time until a more permanent solution could be found, it was necessary for me to rent a car for a week to get back and forth to work. I explained my situation to the nice folks at Enterprise Car Rental and emphasized that I didn't need anything big and fancy, just something that I could use for a week's worth of commuting.

Out of the cars they had available on the lot, they suggested the 2011 Nissan Cube. Not being much of a "car guy," I had never even heard of the Cube, and I have to admit that at first, I stifled a chuckle when the rental agent took me out into the lot to show it to me. At first glance, the Nissan Cube looked like the kind of car a sorority girl would use to take her friends to the beach.

Unfortunately, I'm not a sorority girl; I'm a middle-aged father of two. "Good Lord, I'm gonna look ridiculous driving this thing," I thought. However, my kids thought the Cube was cool, and it was the least expensive option on the rental lot, so I told them I'd take it as long as I could fit into the driver's seat (I'm 6-foot-6). When I climbed into the Cube, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to fit inside with reasonable comfort, so I told the Enterprise man "I'll take it," and thus began my week with the Cube. Keeping in mind that I am not an automotive expert or a "gearhead," I'm going to try and give you a somewhat thorough overview of my experience driving this vehicle.

My wife's assessment: "It's so CUTE!"

My wife's assessment: "It's so CUTE!"

The Look

The good news: if you're the type of person who chooses a vehicle based on how quirky or unusual it is, then your ship has definitely come in. The Cube is certainly the oddest looking car I've ever driven. I've read some reviews of the Cube online where its paradoxically boxy-yet-rounded shape has been described as "a refrigerator on wheels" or "a car that looks like it's made out of Play-Doh," both of which seem to sum it up pretty well.

The Cube is so goofy looking that it borders on cute, as if it drove straight out of a Japanese comic strip. If the Pixar Studios crew had put an animated Cube character in their "Cars" films, they probably could've sold a million plush-toy versions of it to little girls. One thing I immediately learned is that driving a Cube gets you noticed. Cubes were apparently not very common in my area, because I was aware of people giving it, and me, strange looks every time I stopped at a red light or parked it in a lot. I hoped that they were wondering, "What the heck kind of car is that?" rather than "Why is that big burly dude driving that girlie little car?" I soon began playing regular doses of Slayer and Black Sabbath at lethal volume levels on the stereo every time I drove in an attempt to counteract its un-coolness, but I'm not sure if it had any effect.

What possible purpose could this inexplicable circle of shag rug on the dashboard serve?

What possible purpose could this inexplicable circle of shag rug on the dashboard serve?

The Interior

The interior of the Cube was surprisingly roomy. I was able to fit my 6-foot-6 frame into the driver's seat with no problems, and my two sons (who were ages four and nine at the time) settled into the back seat with plenty of room to spare. I estimate that you would be able to comfortably carry up to five full-grown adults in a Cube. The rear storage compartment was spacious enough to stack several suitcases or medium size boxes, making this an ideal vehicle for a dorm-bound college student's back-to-school travel.

One feature that I never figured out is the completely out of place, seemingly random circle of greyish shag carpeting that was attached to the center of the dashboard by a strip of Velcro. Why was it there? What purpose could it possibly serve? At first, I thought it might be intended as a pad to keep your cell phone, iPod or other device in place while you're driving, but after I rounded a turn and my phone went skidding across the dash while testing that theory, I wasn't quite so sure anymore. I scanned several message boards devoted to The Cube trying to figure out what this "rug" was for, and though I didn't find any definitive answers, I learned that many Cube owners love the Rug and have come up with a variety of nicknames for it. My favorite was "Cubic Hair."

Another odd feature of the interior (which I didn't even notice till one of my kids pointed it out to me) was the ceiling, which sports a "ripple" pattern surrounding the dome light in the center. It looks as if someone dropped a pebble into a pond, and I suppose it's intended to give the driver a Zen-like sense of inner peace while they're driving. Between that and the shag rug circle, I was beginning to feel like I was driving a mobile version of Austin Powers' swingin' pad.

If you're a thirsty sort of traveler, the Cube has you covered. There were an unusually large amount of drink/cup holders in the Cube -- two right next to each other on the driver's side dashboard (a large one for coffee cups and Big Gulp sized drinks, plus a smaller one that would fit a water bottle), three in the center console, and two more for the rear seat passengers. If you were to keep a drink in every beverage holder in this vehicle, you'd never get to your destination because you'd be stopping to pee every five miles.

I would assume that the "ripples in water" pattern on the interior ceiling is supposed to exude a feeling of inner calm ... or something.

I would assume that the "ripples in water" pattern on the interior ceiling is supposed to exude a feeling of inner calm ... or something.

The Driving Experience

The Nissan Cube turned out to be a fun vehicle to drive. Its small size was ideal for getting in and out of tight parking spaces, and its on-the-road performance was satisfactory. Even though it had been a while since I drove a vehicle that only had front-wheel drive (as opposed to the 4x4 Jeep that I was used to), it handled fine on the highway though it could've probably used a little more "pep" for going up steep hills.

The Cube was much lower to the ground than my previous vehicle, however, which made me very conscious of every dip and pothole in the road and also made me wonder how well this car would handle in the snow. Fortunately, it was only early September, so I didn't have to find out. (I did drive it in heavy rain, however, and had no problems other than the sound of the raindrops drumming on the roof drowning out the stereo.) If I had to take a wild guess, I'd imagine that the Cube might have trouble navigating through any snow deeper than a few inches. That's something prospective buyers might keep in mind if they live in the often-frosty Northeast like I do.

Overall

Driving the Nissan Cube for a week was an interesting experience. It was not the sort of vehicle that I would've considered buying (its style is a bit too "new wave" for an old goat like me), but the chance to "borrow" one was a unique opportunity. Considering that my initial response to the Cube was laughter, I had to admit that It handled reasonably well on the road and had an impressive amount of amenities (i.e., a decent stereo, lots of drink holders, power outlets, hookups for your iPod and Bluetooth, etc.) especially since I understand it's a relatively affordable vehicle. Young people looking for their first reasonably priced "new" car or anyone looking for a ride that's slightly out of the ordinary might want to give the Nissan Cube a look.

Requiem for the Cube - October 2015

** UPDATE, 10/27/15 ** - I was reminded of my Nissan Cube experience during this morning's commute when I found myself driving behind one on the highway. This sighting made me realize that I hadn't encountered a Cube "in the wild" for a while and I wondered why that might be. I did a bit of Googling when I reached my destination and was surprised to learn that Nissan discontinued the Cube model in North America at the end of 2014 due to poor sales. Therefore, at the moment the only place the Cube remains available is in Nissan's homeland of Japan. I was actually somewhat sorry to hear that, as I'd had a lot of fun driving one in 2011. If anyone is still considering buying a Cube on the used/second-hand market, my recommendations and opinions in the above article still stand. Good luck and happy motoring.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Keith Abt

Comments

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on February 24, 2020:

Way cool, Frances. Thanks for stopping by and happy motoring.

frances nichols on February 24, 2020:

I fell in love with the Nissan Cube the first time I saw it. I bought mine brand new in 2013 when I retired and I love it. I found a sticker to go on my back window that says" you've just been passed by a toaster" because my son said it looks like a toaster on wheels. I have two girlfriends, one is 6-foot and the other is 6-1 and they love to ride in my car, because they have plenty of headroom. I'm almost 73 years old and I hope it lasts me till the day I die!

Motohq on June 10, 2019:

I have never had the chance to drive one of these. I didn't realise they made them with a manual gearbox as everyone I have seen here here in the UK has had the auto box. They were never officially imported here as far as I know, so they are all grey imports from Japan, where they love the auto boxes.

Melissa Slater on November 02, 2018:

Mine is a 2009 cube krom...and I love it. To this day its my only car. I just wish they still made the cube...but I will never let mine go....

Kevin on October 29, 2018:

Similar to your story I ended up renting a cube for 2 weeks while I was car shopping. I ended up falling in love with the cube. I'm a big fan of Nissan as I have a 1988 Nissan 300z as my "fun or toy" car for the summer. I finally just bought myself a used 2012 cube. It took me a little while to find the one for me as I won't buy an automatic transmission car so I had to hunt for a manual transmission. I got lucky as it only had 40,000 miles on it. I had an out of state funeral to go to and basically took it on a 600 mile test drive. Car did great. I remember the ripple effect on the roof and was surprised that mine doesn't have it, but it does have a sunroof. So happy to find this car. Love the cube!

Kari Delkener on October 18, 2018:

I have a 2009 Cube worst car i have ever owned. 3 CVT later because they put a faulty one in the vehicle to start and it continued to fail 3 times!!!! Just wait til your CVT fails!!!! it will

happen! electrical issues, gas gauge issues. Not to mention steering wheel is cheaply made and wearing down the seats are cheaply made! the vehicle is a lemon!!!

DO NOT BUY A CUBE! THANK GOD THEY STOPPED MAKING THEM BUT DONT BUY A USED ONE!!!

Lorrie on September 23, 2018:

I drive a 2009 turquoise Cube and I love it. I have spent this past year driving through all of the Western states plus back and forth from Texas to Pennsylvania. No problems. I’m headed back across the country in two weeks. Nissan should hire me to blog about my travels. I'm a 72 yr old female. People stop me regularly and ask to look inside. We all have a good laugh over this unique and wonderful car.

Colleen on September 14, 2018:

Had mine for seven years and I never had one mechanical problem. Ready for a new car now and I am afraid to change because it treated me so well. Was always a big car fan but I chose the Cube because my sister was disabled and it was easy for her to get in and the swing door on back made it easy to put the wheelchair in.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on July 08, 2018:

Hi Mike - thanks for sharing your experience! Cool to see that the Cube still has fans in America!

Mike on July 08, 2018:

I have owned two Cubes, the funky red and the last one, a 2014 black)blue. We call it the Bluckberry! The Cube is by far the best, most fun, quirky, and cute car I have ever owned. My wife looked at me as if I was crazy, then she drive it. She lived it! It is very roomy and you can haul a lot in it. It is truly one.of the vehicles you have.to drive to appreciate. I will hold on to mine.forever. Someday I may go to Japan and.import another when I want to replace.it.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on June 04, 2018:

Hi MissMendoza - good luck to your daughter in her search for a Cube!

MissMendoza on June 04, 2018:

Loved the article. I'm doing research on this little car, since my daughter got hearts in her eyes when she first saw this as her first car.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on October 03, 2016:

Very cool, Suzy. Happy motoring!

Suzy on October 03, 2016:

I just bought a used 2011 Nissan Cube. I've had it a little over a month. And...I love this car. It is roomy, quirky, and like your article says, fun to drive. I just ordered my "cubic hair" disc for the dash. I love that term and I will use it. My Cube's name is "Borg", after the square ship on Star Trek TNG. Yep, I am a nerd, and I have a cube named Borg.

Suzie from Carson City on May 09, 2015:

Keith.......The first time I passed this car on a highway, it caught my attention. Must admit it is an eye-catcher. I sort of liked the shape & remember wondering, "Who makes that car?"

Whenever someone was with me and we passed a Cube, I would ask them if they knew what kind of car it was. I was never close enough to read the words on the outside of the car. Finally one day I saw one parked in a lot & the driver was there. I seized the opportunity to talk to him and he was more than willing to tell me all about this car that he loved.....

I firmly believe we should all hope to be able to drive ("experience") any car for at least one day before making a definite decision. Of course this isn't always possible. It depends on the dealer as well as your history with them, but auto sales agents are usually willing to do hand stands to "put us behind the wheel." Interesting and informative Hub. Thanks, Keith. UP+++ pinned

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 20, 2014:

Hi Ryan - very cool! It's been a few years since my experience with the Cube, and to this day, whenever my kids see one driving by, they still point and say "Hey, a Cube! Remember when Dad borrowed one of those?"

Ryan on September 20, 2014:

I bought a maroon/purple/maybe an oddish color brown 2010 Cube back in March. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS CAR!!!! I'm a 33 year old mom of a 3 & 5 year old.

Yes we get a TON of looks and odd faces. But my car is a conversation starter. The first week I had it, 6 neighbors all approached me at once to "see what this new car is about". It's funny! The fun thing is seeing others with a Cube. It's an odd bonding experience. We roll down windows or honk and wave at each other.

I love my little Cube!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 02, 2014:

Cool, thanks for the support!

swilliams on September 02, 2014:

I think these are cute cars! I Nissans last for a very long time! Great article voted up tweeted out! Very useful information!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on August 24, 2014:

Hi colorfulone - it's been awhile since this one won HOTD, but it's still nice tobe appreciated. Thanks for stopping by.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on August 24, 2014:

It does look like a cube on wheels. This is a fun hub to read.

Pretty cool that you got HOTD, congrats!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on January 21, 2013:

Yes indeed, it was kind of like driving around in a fishbowl. Everywhere I went in the Cube, people were looking at it like "What the heck is that thing?" Haha

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on January 21, 2013:

Wow, that’s an interesting experience! You are right, the first people will notice in this car is it’s very odd shape. It is absolutely impossible to ignore this car.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on January 04, 2013:

Hi Shiley - I agree, it's a unique car and it's definitely not for everyone!

Karen Shiley from Washington on January 04, 2013:

My friend owns one of these and is very happy with it. I think you definately need to have a sense of humor to go with it!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on October 23, 2012:

Very cool! I hope you enjoy your "Cubic" experience!

LGolden on October 23, 2012:

Great review. I just purchased one in the same color.

I was calling the shag circle a soul patch, but I love the name cubic hair.

Too funny.

I love my box and can't wait to go camping in it.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on August 14, 2012:

Glad you found it useful, NicChick. Thanks for stopping by!

NicChick on August 14, 2012:

My husband and I were looking at Cubes recently and the more I research them, the more I like them. Thanks Freddy for a fun & informative article.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on May 25, 2012:

Thanx for the kind words, vespawoolf!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 25, 2012:

I enjoyed reading about your Cube experience! My husband is also 6'6" so finding a car roomy enough is always a challenge. What a surprise to find a roomy interior in a compact car. Your writing style makes for pleasant reading. No wonder this is a popular hub!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on April 19, 2012:

Thanx for the kind words Sherri. I hope you check out some of my other geeky nonsense and find it to your liking....

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on April 18, 2012:

It's not often that you see a car review this entertaining, I see why you got HOTD with it. Maybe I'll try some of your horror movie / metal band reviews, even though I don't ordinarily go for those things much.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on February 15, 2012:

Thanx Simey...it's been a while since my week with the Cube ended, but the memories will last forever! Haha

Simon Cook from NJ, USA on February 15, 2012:

Gotta say that I haven't even wanted to drive this out of curiosity! However, now I know about the random piece of carpet I may just change my mind!! Great Hub!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 29, 2011:

Awwwww c'mon, 4sadie... you gotta keep the shag rug on the dashboard so it doesn't catch cold! Haha.

4sadie on September 22, 2011:

I got a 2010 Cube back in March and just love my cute little car. I got mine because I have a Great Dane and she can stand on the backseat and not hit her head. We are always getting very strange looks from people when they see her get out of the backseat. Most of the time I have people ask can they look at it or ask me a bunch of questions.

I have not seen a commercial in my area just for the Cube, and I have not seen that many of them on the road in Eastern N.Carolina. For that matter we drove it to Oklahoma in July and we only saw two other Cubes,(one on the hwy and one in OK).

I don't use my shag rug, because my husband thinks it is useless and I do also, all though I have been thinking of using it just for the looks and questions that I know I will get.

mytmax98 on September 15, 2011:

You should be happy with it. I have had 10+ Nissans with no major problems. I drive them very hard and they can take it. I have only had so many because I keep finding a new one I want! I trade up too often! ;)

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 15, 2011:

Thanx for your comment, mytmax. Sounds like your experience was similar to mine... it's a fun car to tool around in but not something I'd want on a permanent basis.

I'm now driving a 2005 Nissan Frontier (just picked it up this afternoon) so the Cube may be gone but I'm staying in the Nissan family. :)

mytmax98 on September 15, 2011:

My wife bought a cube. I was a bit concerned about her interest in it. I have a Nissan Titan LE and she had an Altima Hybrid. She traded in the Altima (I liked this car). However, I have to admit, while my truck is incredible, I do love to drive the cube on occasion. It is very easy. I love my truck. It is incredible in every way. But something happens when you get in the cube. It is carefree and easy going. Good on gas too. I drive it for a few days, and then decide that I need more power and a louder stereo. Hers does have the Rockford Fosgate stereo, which is nice, but mine has the Rockford Fosgate stereo too, but with higher wattage and more speakers. To sum up, I would never buy the Cube for myself, but I love driving it. It is definitely a great car for my wife. Many people would truly love it. I am a gear head and am particular about my cars. I still like it!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 13, 2011:

Thanx for the comments, Fred and Rain.

Rain on September 13, 2011:

I own a 2010 Nissan Cube. I got it in April as a anniversary present. I have to say the reason I even looked at the thing on the lot is because a friend of mine got it a few days before and i thought it was the most hilarious looking car ever. After a test drive i was sold on the little toaster. The only downside is the never ending rock chips from the way the window is shaped. it sits at the perfect angle for any thing that hits it to chip it.

Fred0804 on September 11, 2011:

My post on cube forum describes my 7,000 mile trip in a cube around our country. I titled it "what a car" Im 6'4" and never had to adjust the seat. I must say I'm surprised by the amout of people and yourself so into "is it macho enough for me" "what will others think" etc. who cares, it's an amazing car with safety and engineering built in that isn't in any other car under 30k

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 10, 2011:

Thanks for giving us the Japanese perspective on the vehicle, Hezekiah.

Hezekiah from Japan on September 10, 2011:

I live in Japan, I can say that the cube is a very popular car here, people are still driving the old models around. Japanese house wives like the side opening back door. Many women in Japan are too short to reach the normal raising back doors.

The only complaints in the low kilo/litre. And in Japan, summers are a killer with up to 40degrees and 100% humidity so you need the A/C on strong. This really puts a strain on the engine and can struggle up a hill with the A/C full (from zero momentum).

How every the Japanese see it as a good all around reliable car.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 10, 2011:

Thanks everyone. Seems like everyone loves that shag!!

Zach from Colorado on September 10, 2011:

That ripple around the lights is pretty trippy. and the shag, I'm liking the shag. Congrats on the hub of the day.

Carrie Smith from Dallas, Texas on September 09, 2011:

Congratulations on being the Hub of the day! I owned a Scion XB which is basically Toyota's version of a Cube. The XB and Cube are fun little cars to drive, with surprising room inside for being so small and "cute" looking on the outside. I'm glad you enjoyed your experience. Thanks for sharing.

Infinite712 on September 09, 2011:

I've seen this car before. Very unusual looking.

MercyGrace from USA on September 09, 2011:

According to a review I just read, the rug is something quirky to make it stand out. Even the Nissan ad said it had no use. Did you notice the windows are asymmetrical as well?

Here is the quote from the review:

"The dash-topping shag rug is one way drivers can personalize the Cube. But don't expect to get any use out of it."

(Credit: Nissan)

MercyGrace from USA on September 09, 2011:

I will but I still can't find the answer. Did you ask them at the rental place?

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 09, 2011:

Congrats on getting hub of the day! I appreciate your honest feedback. I've always been a little skeptical of the boxy cars myself. I prefer the classic, boring shape of something like a Camry or Civic. We tend to laugh at my mother-in-law who thinks her PT Cruiser is really cool...It's good to know that this is a decent vehicle, though.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanx HouseSeller!

HouseSeller from Glasgow on September 09, 2011:

My aunt owns this car and I never really looked at it from the angle you're portraying. Very interesting, I might put this as my would be next car to buy. Good hub.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

@ MercyGrace - if you ever do find out what the rug is for, please let me know!

@ Knightheart - no offense taken. Even if you don't care for the Cube's looks, I hope you enjoyed reading the article anyway!

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on September 09, 2011:

No offense, but the Cube is the ugliest vehicle I have even seen...topping the Kia Soul and the earlier box from Scion. Sorry, just don't like shoe boxes with wheels and no aerodymanics...like pushing a barn door into the wind. To each their own...I prefer my Hyundai Genesis. Sleek, refined, and VERY comfortable. Enjoy your box. LOL

MercyGrace from USA on September 09, 2011:

I thought it was an old car at first. Very interesting but now I'll go crazy trying to find out what the rug is really for.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanks for your comment, Suzette. The shag carpet thingy remains a mystery. Believe it or not, I took a look underneath the "rug" today and there's a warning label on the bottom that tells you not to place any items on it, because "unsecured items can be a danger while the vehicle is in motion." So maybe it's just there to provide "character." Haha.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on September 09, 2011:

What a funny, delightful review of a car. I have seen them on the road and I have wondered about them and what they are all about. I love the round shag carpet thingy. Who knows what it is for. Aren't you glad you got to experience one. Congratulations on being Hub of the Day!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thank you, sir.

The Blagsmith from Britain on September 09, 2011:

This hub compelled me out of curiosity and I enjoyed reading it immensely. It is no surprise then why the Hub team awarded it: Grats on a HOTD.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanx for your comment, livelonger. Nice to know that the "Cubic Hair" does serve some sort of purpose after all. Haha.

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on September 09, 2011:

We have one of these! We've had it for a year and absolutely love it. We got a tremendous deal on it, buying it during a Labor Day sale, and have not regretted it once. My partner is 6' 5" and also fits without a problem. And as for the "Cubic Hair" - perfect for holding sunglasses in place, or our Fastpass (transponder for paying bridge tolls electronically).

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanx - I've been reviewing a lot of movies and CDs but this was my first time doing something a little out of the norm for me and it looks like it paid off. :)

gopiatweb from Chennai on September 09, 2011:

Hey. That was a really nice piece of article. You should be writing more reviews - on anything & everything,,

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanks Stephanie - I surprised myself by actually *writing* a hub about a car, as I'm not a gear head at all. Haha.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on September 09, 2011:

Congratulations on being named Hub of the Day! Your Cube Hub was so funny and interesting that I surprised myself by actually reading a hub about a car all the way to the end -- and enjoying it! Thanks for a fun read! Voted up, useful, funny and interesting!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanks all!

bluebird on September 09, 2011:

Reminds me of a modern version of the Flintstones car! Good hub, congrats.

Brianna W from East Coast on September 09, 2011:

This Hub really made my morning...thank you! I found it quite funny, especially the "cubic hair". I have always found that this car reminds me of a toaster. I am just waiting for any day that the owner is just going to pop out of the top. LOL. Congrats on Hub of the Day! Voted up.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on September 09, 2011:

great hub , , ,I like this car, I think it is cool and dependable based on Nissan's reputation. If it were available back in '07 I would have opted for it instead of my Honda 'Fit,' yet I am very happy with it.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanx amymarie. Yeah, I guess it is kind of "girly"...unfortunately I'm not a girl, so it isn't exactly "me." Haha.

Apparently boxy little cars like these are all the rage in Japan, but I wonder if they'll ever catch on big here in the U.S. Somehow I doubt it.

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on September 09, 2011:

omg, my first reaction was: this car is totally cute! Definitely girly! I'm a jeep girl so I don't know if I'd ever get one though! Loved reading about your experience!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanx T.I. -- yeah, it's an unusual looking vehicle for sure. Although I passed another one on the road just yesterday, first time I'd seen one. The driver of the other Cube actually beeped his horn and flashed his lights at me as if to say "hi." :)

Textured Ideas on September 09, 2011:

I've never seen a vehicle quite like that before, it looks really fun! Oh and big congratulations on being 'Hub of the day'!!! =)

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 09, 2011:

Thanks for all the comments, everyone. It was a pleasant surprise to wake up this morning and find that this had been picked as a Hub of the Day!

J Yoder on September 09, 2011:

I always wondered how the Cube drives and looks inside. I've said I could see myself drive one but I've never drove one or read any reviews on it because I'm not needing a new car yet. (Hope my Matrix holds out a bit longer. It's got 170,000 miles on it, but I really like it. ;) ) Truly an informative hub!

alvinalex on September 09, 2011:

Simply Great Hub! Congrats to selected your hub as hub of the Day. and thanks to share Nissan Cube Experience.

Billrrrr on September 09, 2011:

Buy American. My Dodge Caravans always get better than 150,000 trouble free miles. One of them went over 300,000 and was passed down through the whole family and finally on to a non family member. If you have to 'get out of Dodge', get a Ford. PS that Cube looks just too silly.

Maude Keating from Tennessee on September 09, 2011:

Interesting and funny Hub. I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee that is over 165000 miles and it is still going strong. I hope it never dies. The Cube would be to low for me, I have a bad back which makes it hard for me to get in and out of shorter cars.

cheerfulnuts from Manila, Philippines on September 09, 2011:

What an interesting review! I'm a girl who is not a big fan of cars, but this hub caught my attention. Cube looks cute. I've never seen one in my country though. Voted up!:)

chamilj from Sri Lanka on September 09, 2011:

Hey I like it. Thanks for the great review.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 08, 2011:

Hello to you too. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 07, 2011:

Thanks for your comment, Kitty. Sounds like you're gettting maximum enjoyment from your Cube! Very cool.

Kitty on September 07, 2011:

I got my Cube a few months ago and LOVE it to death (though the Unique car is me, it's replacing a car that was COVERED in bumper stickers. the shag is useless for anything other than getting to say the words "cubic hair"! I have the '09 model and I am so happy I got it. slide the back seat forward and the moderate "trunk"space will suddenly hold 6 of the plastic tubs I get at walmart.

My favorite use of the cube is for Yard Sales though. I go bargon hunting every week and and am shocked at how much I fit in it. plus I can get it in and out of spots that the biggers cars have no hope of (I can pull right in where someone else would have to parallel park). It's my dream car and I love it

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 07, 2011:

Glad you liked it Simone. As I said, I didn't even notice the "ripple" ceiling till one of my kids pointed it out to me. He thought something was wrong with it. Haha.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on September 07, 2011:

I've always wondered what the inside of Nissan Cubes looked like... the ceiling is trippy! This was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 07, 2011:

@ Brian - hell no, it's a rental! Haha.

@ Alastar - I've been calling the shag circle a "Cube Toupee." Though I must admit, "Cubic Hair" is funnier.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on September 07, 2011:

Hey FatFreddy, the mysterious shag circle kinda looks like pot instead of "Cubic Hair" HaHa! Interesting and funny experience with your 'Cube' adventure my friend.

BRIAN MARSHALL on September 07, 2011:

Try seeing if that dashboard carpet mat will hold a hot cup of coffee.

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 07, 2011:

I still have yet to see any commercials on TV for the Cube. Maybe they concentrate their advertising in certain markets/areas, or I just don't watch the right channels. I would imagine that this car is aimed at a younger, hipper demographic and I certainly don't fit into that group anymore. Haha.

theJOKERiv on September 07, 2011:

Nice post!!!! BTW - all the ads I see are for the Nissan Cube - lol!!!!

Keith Abt (author) from The Garden State on September 07, 2011:

If I had an iPod, I'd try it out. It certainly didn't work too well at holding my cell phone in place.

BRIAN MARSHALL on September 07, 2011:

Is the shag centerpiece there to hold an iPod so it doesn't slide around while driving?

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