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My Nissan Cube Experience

Updated on May 30, 2016
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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!" | Source

or, "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 -- 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 till 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!" | Source

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 counter-act 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? | Source

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 4 and 9 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. | Source

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.

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      BRIAN MARSHALL 5 years ago

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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      theJOKERiv 5 years ago

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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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.

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      BRIAN MARSHALL 5 years ago

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

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      @ 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.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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.

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      Kitty 5 years ago

      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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      bgee 5 years ago

      he4llo

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Hey I like it. Thanks for the great review.

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      cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      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!:)

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      My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

      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.

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      Billrrrr 5 years ago

      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.

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      alvinalex 5 years ago

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

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      J Yoder 5 years ago

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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!

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      Textured Ideas 5 years ago

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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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." :)

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      amymarie_5 5 years ago from Chicago IL

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      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.

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      Brianna 5 years ago from East Coast

      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.

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      bluebird 5 years ago

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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      Thanks all!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      gopiatweb 5 years ago from Chennai

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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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. :)

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      Jason Menayan 5 years ago from San Francisco

      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).

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      The Blagsmith 5 years ago from Britain

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      Thank you, sir.

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      Suzette Walker suzettetaos 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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.

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      MercyGrace 5 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Knightheart 5 years ago from MIssouri, USA

      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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      @ 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!

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      HouseSeller 5 years ago from Glasgow

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      Thanx HouseSeller!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      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.

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      MercyGrace 5 years ago from USA

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

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      MercyGrace 5 years ago from USA

      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)

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      Infinite712 5 years ago

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

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      Carrie Smith 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      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.

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      Zach 5 years ago from Colorado

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

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      Thanks everyone. Seems like everyone loves that shag!!

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      Hezekiah 5 years ago from Japan

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      Fred0804 5 years ago

      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

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      Rain 5 years ago

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      Thanx for the comments, Fred and Rain.

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      mytmax98 5 years ago

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

      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. :)

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      mytmax98 5 years ago

      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! ;)

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      4sadie 5 years ago

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      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!

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      Keith Abt 5 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      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.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      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!

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      Thanx for the kind words, vespawoolf!

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      NicChick 4 years ago

      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.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      LGolden 4 years ago

      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.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

      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!

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      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.

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      Keith Abt 4 years ago from The Garden State

      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

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      Susie Lehto 2 years ago from Minnesota

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

      Pretty cool that you got HOTD, congrats!

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      Keith Abt 2 years ago from The Garden State

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

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      Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

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

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      Keith Abt 2 years ago from The Garden State

      Cool, thanks for the support!

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      Ryan 2 years ago

      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!

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      Keith Abt 2 years ago from The Garden State

      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?"

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      Keith Abt 22 months ago from The Garden State

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      Paula 22 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      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

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      Suzy 5 months ago

      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.

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      Keith Abt 5 months ago from The Garden State

      Very cool, Suzy. Happy motoring!

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      John 2 months ago

      Jeep was "dead" at the mileage of 135K? And that seems normal, even something to be proud of?

      I drive an older Ford Taurus with 230k miles on it, it shows no signs of quiting anytime soon (I do not live in the rust belt, so no issues there). Even if it did, 230k is well past its life expectancy. 135k is not. I'd be ashamed to admit I bought a modern vehicle who's mechanical life was over at less than 150k miles. If it was a 1974 car (or a 2000s or older Kia/Hyundai), yeah, 135k sounds like a great time to thank your lucky stars it lasted that long, then dump it and run, but a newer/better car? I think I'd avoid Jeeps from then on. That's rather pathetic.

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