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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
By 3andg on
Vehicle2011 Nissan Cube 1.8 S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
ReviewWe purchased this car as a third car for commute purposes. The styling is polarizing - my wife loves it, I hate it. Regardless of the style, the car is a paragon of packaging efficiency - lot of room in a small package. The car moves well and keeps up with traffic on both the city and highway. The car is very smooth, but there is a tradeoff in handling due to the smooth ride and tall structure. The S has very useful comfort features standard - including bluetooth and iPod connection. Up to about 70 mph, the car is pretty quiet; however, there is a noticeable increase in noice after 70. This is a great car if one needs a practical commuter car.
Best FeaturesCavernous interior - the interior really does have a lot of room. The tall dimensions make it feel much bigger on the inside. The rear seats slide forward and backwards to increase luggage or passenger space. Unique, Funky Styling - My wife fell in love with the car at first sight. Useful Power - The CVT and engine are well matched. Even though it has a 0-60 time of nearly 10 seconds, one never feels that the car is slow and always keeps up in city and highway traffic. Useful Features - The Cube S comes standard with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. Gas Mileage - The car averages around 28 in the city and about 31 on the highway.
Worst FeaturesReflections in Windows - At night, the large windows effectively become mirrors. As a result, you'll get reflections from the interior dash and from cars as they pass by. Tippy Handling - This is a tall (very tall) car, so the center of gravity is pretty high. Moreover, the car is tuned for a smooth ride. As a result, there is significant body lean in corner and it is in no way a corner carver. Flat Seats - The Cube is essentially a rolling lounge. As a result, the seats are more like sofas and have no side bolstering. Weird Styling - I don't like the way it looks, but my wife loves it. Now I'm worried, since she also fell in love with me at first sight.
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