2014 Nissan Cube Review

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • ample passenger space
  • easy to park
  • generous standard features list
  • unique customization opportunities.
  • Below-average fuel economy
  • less cargo capacity behind the rear seats than rivals
  • subpar handling
  • excessive wind noise at high speeds.
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2014 Nissan Cube is a reasonably versatile and spacious little wagon, but various functional drawbacks limit its appeal, even if you've taken a shine to its oddball styling.

Vehicle overview

While many small hatchbacks and wagons promise good fuel economy, usable cargo space and affordable prices, maybe that's not enough for you. Some shoppers want a bit more style, and that's where a funky-looking car like the 2014 Nissan Cube comes in. Indeed, your gut reaction to the Cube's boxy shape and asymmetrical window layout will probably have the biggest impact on whether you decide to buy one.

Apart from its styling, this four-door wagon offers several positive attributes. Base versions of the Cube come equipped with must-haves like Bluetooth, air-conditioning and cruise control, so you don't have to pay for expensive options to make it livable for daily commuting. Further, the rear seats both recline and slide fore and aft, which is useful on days that you're carpooling. Ride comfort is another of the Nissan Cube's strong points, and thanks to its small size, it's highly maneuverable in crowded cities.

However, there are also a few significant drawbacks to the Cube. Fuel economy is disappointing for a car of this size, and that, along with its mediocre handling and noisy interior, detracts from its desirability on road trips. You'll also find that the wagon's seats aren't that supportive on longer drives and luggage space is lacking if you've slid the rear seats rearward to maximize passenger comfort.

If you're not smitten with the 2014 Nissan Cube's design, there are better options in this price range. The redesigned 2014 Kia Soul is an appealing alternative, as it has similarly offbeat styling along with a roomier interior, more powerful engines and sportier handling. The Scion xB is a long-time Cube rival, and although it doesn't fare any better in the fuel economy department, it's more desirable if you need space more than anything else. Finally, for shoppers who don't mind something more conventional, the Chevy Sonic and Ford Fiesta are great options, as they're both more fuel-efficient and more fun to drive, and have nicer interiors to boot.

2014 Nissan Cube models

The 2014 Nissan Cube is a small, five-passenger wagon that's offered in two trim levels: S and SL.

The entry-level S model's list of standard features includes 15-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, driver and front passenger armrests, cruise control, a leather-wrapped tilt-only steering wheel, full power accessories, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack.

Stepping up to the SL gets you 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, automatic climate control and rear heating ducts (under the front seats). More importantly, the SL can be upgraded with the Preferred package, which includes foglights, a 5-inch touchscreen navigation system, a rearview camera and a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system with satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

A variety of personalization accessories -- including an aerodynamic body kit, distinctive wheels, accent lighting and a shag-carpet dash-topper -- are available on both the S and SL.

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2014 Highlights

The 2014 Nissan Cube carries over unchanged.

Performance & mpg

The front-wheel-drive Nissan Cube is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 122 horsepower and 127 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on S models. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission, and is optional on the S and standard on the SL.

In performance testing, a Cube with the CVT went from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, an average time for a subcompact car. EPA-estimated fuel economy, however, is pretty mediocre for a subcompact at 28 mpg combined (27 mpg city/31 mpg highway) with the CVT and 27 mpg combined (25 mpg city/30 mpg highway) with the manual.


The 2014 Nissan Cube's list of standard safety features includes antilock brakes (disc front, drum rear), stability and traction control, front-seat side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. A rearview camera is optional on the SL trim.

In Edmunds testing, the Cube came to a stop from 60 mph in 124 feet -- an average distance for a subcompact.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Cube earned the top rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its seat/head restraint design was also rated "Good" for whiplash protection in rear impacts.


On the road, the 2014 Nissan Cube isn't exactly a powerhouse, but aided by the available CVT, its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is lively enough to satisfy most buyers. The suspension is tuned for a comfortable ride, but the trade-off is so-so handling that borders on sloppy compared with the newer wagons and hatchbacks in this price range. Another downside is its wind noise at highway speeds, which can grow tiresome on a long trip.


If you believe different is good, you'll like the Cube's cabin. From the ripple pattern embossed into the headliner and speaker grilles to the available 20-color mood lighting, the interior is nearly as unique as the exterior. What's more, all this attention to form doesn't get in the way of function, with gauges and controls that are easy to see and intuitive to use.

Up front, the seats are fine for daily use but their comfort fades on long trips. The high roof line does open up enough head- and legroom so that even tall adults can get comfortable in the backseat. At just 11.4 cubic feet, cargo space is tight when those rear seats are occupied. Fold down the 60/40-split rear seatbacks, though, and you get a cargo hold with a fairly flat load floor and a total of 58 cubic feet of room.

Consumer reviews

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Great little car
1.8 SL 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
This is my second Nissan Cube. It's a quirky car that get compliments and jokes from strangers for its appearance. It looks a bit like a child's drawing of a car. Best thing is that it's the most comfortable car I've driven. The seats are high up and solid. There is plenty of leg room for the rear seat. I have a bad back but have driven this from New Mexico to Washington State and back with no medical issues. It is easy to get into and out of...especially with my back problems. There is an amazing amount of headroom which friends over 6'6" have commented on. The windshield and windows are large and high giving ideal views. There is plenty of room to store things inside. The Bluetooth is excellent. The XM Radio is a great. A good selection of audio options Upgraded sound system with subwoofer. The Navigation system could only be improved if it were voice activated. Keyless ignition is a plus. The rearview camera is superb. The rear door opens to the side like a refrigerator door rather than lift up which I prefer as I'm tall and don't hit my head on the door. Oh, and the car is a lot of fun to drive. Steering is accurate. Breaking is sure. Acceleration is poor from a stop. It accelerates fine on the open road. Fuel economy averages about 33 MPG between city and highway driving. It strains a bit on steep hills. I've driven it up mountains, along deserts, on open roads, in congested city driving in Seattle, Portland, and Denver. In other words, I really enjoy driving this car. Storage is fine with the back seats down. It's a bit cramped with the seats up but I have added a rack and carrier for when I need more storage. Wind noise can be a problem at high speeds although I got it up over 110 driving through Wyoming and didn't notice any issues. Crosswinds can be a problem as the car is a boxy and a bit top heavy. It drives fine in the snow. The heater is excellent. The air conditioning has kept the car very comfortable in Phoenix heat. The car looks like a toy but it's tricked out with serious car details and accessories. If anything, it's my adult toy car. I've had this car for two years now. In the past year, I've driven from Albuquerque to Las Vegas driving a very large loop through Zion National Park on the way there and Phoenix on the way back. Also, just drove to Salt Lake City on a route through Moab, UT and back via Colorado Springs, CO. This car handles well. It can keep up with traffic. It is not a muscle car or a truck or a cruiser. It is just a practical car that reminds me how much fun it can be to drive. This car does just fine around town with plenty of room for groceries and other shopping. It holds its own on the open road. It won't win any prizes for speed but it's gotten me everywhere I want to go. I am so sorry Nissan isn't importing this to the States any longer. I understand there is an AWD and an electric version in Japan. The AWD would be ideal here in Northern New Mexico. Three and a half years with this car and my review remains the same. Other than an occasional long trip, I don't drive that much. The car's mileage has recently improved a bit. Sometimes, I would like a bit more storage room inside my cube but it's no reason to start looking for a new car. The interior has held up well in the desert sun. The white pearl paint holds up well, too. It is nimble to drive. The turning radius is small. It suits my needs ideally. I hope this lasts a long, long time. This car in into its fourth year now. I'm commuting to work daily now with a mix of surface streets and freeway. This little underpowered wonder gets me wherever I need to go. Have only needed standard maintenance on it so far. It's holding up very well. There are a good number of Cubes in Albuquerque but this white one still turns heads. Maybe it's because it looks like a miniature ice-cream or milk truck. Whatever the reason, it's easy to find in a parking lot. The interior has held up very well. It looks almost like new. The seats remain comfortable. My back can still tolerate long drives in this. I'm not so fortunate when I'm a passenger in friends' cars and we go for long drives. Then, my back is fairly stressed and I'm in some pain. I've no idea what Nissan did with these seats but they should be the ones used in all their cars. I'm very happy with my purchase.
I still love this car after ten years.
1.8 SL 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl CVT)
Our Cube is a 2009 SL. It is comfortable, good high position for night driving, and we love the side swing rear door for short people or those with arthritic shoulders. The sound system rocks! People may think it's odd looking but we love the styling. The keyless entry is a great safety feature for when I used to work nights. I don't want to have to trade it, unless it's for a 2014 Cube. Why are there so few Cubes on the used car market? Because owners don't want to let them go!
10* For Design
1.8 S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M)
I had a Scion, which I loved , but the Nissan Cube is the ride I wanted for the same assets. Namely, it is small on the outside, but LARGE on the inside. Plus it is boxy, an has the wrap around window. Inside, I love the colored lights, and the little sagg on the dash. MAJOR, it is soooo easy to get in and out of. Best of all, it does NOT look like a. boring sedan. Negatives, it is air noisy, mainly because I added windshields over the front door windows. Also the seat slants down on the right and needs a half pillow to be comfortable. This little van is GREAT. SO MUCH SO, IT GETS A 10, in spite of two or three minor room for improvement details. Who decided to eliminate. This auto in lieu of all those generic looking boring sedans.........


NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.4%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Used 2014 Nissan Cube Overview

The Used 2014 Nissan Cube is offered in the following submodels: Cube Wagon. Available styles include 1.8 S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl CVT), 1.8 SL 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl CVT), and 1.8 S 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 6M).

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Should I lease or buy a 2014 Nissan Cube?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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