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

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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