Box Car Comparison: 2009 Scion xB, 2009 Kia Soul, 2009 Nissan Cube

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2009 Nissan Cube

We've been keen on the Nissan Cube ever since we drove the previous generation Japenese domestic market car in 2008. After driving a U.S.-spec model around Ann Arbor, we can make it official: the Cube is the new king of hip squareness, and is the box-car of choice for anyone trying to turn heads.

The asymmetrical styling has all the eccentric, distinctly Japanese appeal of a Tamagotchi pet and draws plenty of approving, "What is that?!" stares. Even the X-design wheels are unusual and eye-catching.

The fashion statement continues inside, where sofalike seats and rippled surfaces establish Nissan's desired, lounge-on-wheels effect. It's also spacious and comfortable, though there's less cargo room with the rear-seat up than in either the xB or Soul.

You wouldn't think the Cube would be much of a driver's car, what with its 122-hp four-cylinder and CVT automatic, and you'd be right. Instead, the Cube makes for a comfortable city cruiser, with effortless steering, a well-damped ride, and tight turning circle.

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