2009 Nissan Cube Krom

Don Sherman Jeffrey Jablansky

Like many others at Automobile Magazine, I'm not so keen on the exterior Krom package add-ons. In my mind, the body cladding, chrome grille and trim, and other miscellaneous sporty bling clash with the geeky, "living-room-on-wheels" idea of the Cube. It's like putting racing stripes on a La-Z-Boy. It just looks wrong. I prefer the Cube in its most basic form where it even looks good with plastic wheel covers...how many vehicles can you say that about?

On the inside, though, this Krom-ed Cube, which also includes the interior designer package, has some attractive and useful features, from the superhip metallic-looking, geometric-patterned seat fabric (which is possibly even cooler than the plaid print in our Four Seasons Volkswagen GTI), to the adjustable rubber-band-like ties on the door arm rests, to the rainbow of possible ambient lighting choices. The shag carpet patch on the dash completes the funky theme, but because it's angled toward the windshield, I'm not sure it's the safest place to store items while driving.

Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor

Krom is a god worshipped by Conan in those movies and books. I can imagine Schwarzenegger saying "By Krom!" right now.

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