Pros Very roomy for such a small outside footprint. Speed and acceleration is just fine for my needs, both street and freeway.
Cons Not enough electronics; had to replace radio with an Alpine. I would love an outdoor thermometer readout in the middle model. The horn sucks. I plan to install a two-tone like I had in the Mini and put into the Smart. Why the peepy little horn?
Summary Had a SmartCar, which while great for 95% of my business driving, just too small to be my only car. I saw the Cube last year as a product placement in a TV show and was immediately attracted.
Two months ago I got one, not the highest-end model, and I am generally happy, although I would have liked some other options, like the Smart's heated seats.
My mileage is around 24 mostly in town and driving is completely comfortable. I like the transmission a lot better than the Smart's semi-automatic 5-speed, but the CVT still feels odd compared to normal auto. Since the clock went away when I replaced the radio, I put a cheap but attractive battery clock on the dashboard. The Alpine, which I have had in 2 cars before (including a MiniCooper S) does great for iPod integration; the iPod lives in the glove compartment. A proper iPod-integrated radio should be standard in all car radios now.
Once I get a proper horn installed I plan on being happy for the next 2 years when I may trade it in for the smaller, less practical Nissan Leaf Electric.
Pros Great fuel mileage; comfortable ride; spacious feeling to interior; great value. It sure doesn't look like anything else.
Cons Interior illumination doesn't extend to area left and below steering wheel -- hard to find the fuel lid lever at night. Big windows and bright sun don't work well together, so had to get movable screens for side window shade.
Summary I wanted a basic vehicle with reasonable gas mileage for short commute and utility vehicle to haul golf gear or photo gear on short trips. Expected low price options to be tinny and cheap, but when test drove the cube I found it steady, sturdy and comfortable and had to buy it (SL with CVT).
Finding dash mileage calculator off (high) by 2 to 3 mph, but even so have averaged 30 actual mpg for my first 1800 miles with mostly very short urban drives with a/c off. Weather turned very cold recently which has driven mileage down to 26 due to using defrost and probably winter gas additives. Expect that summer a/c might do the same. Instant economy on freeway at 70 with 3 in car on cruise was 35 mph, and over 40 mpg on steady rural roads when going 40 to 50.
Have rear storage compartment for golf or photo gear. I like the flat surface this provides when seats are down. I lay down one or both rear seats for golf clubs or other gear. Big rear door is great, and height of platform suits my sitting needs for shoe changes.
Not a single regret over this purchase. I bought a little utility car and got much more than I expected.
Pros I found the car to be zippy at 90% of the time. Plenty of room for 4 adults. Decent gas milage.
Cons The iPod interface leaves something to be desired when you have 100's of artist. A storage area between the driver and passenger seat is needed.
Summary Fun little car to drive; it has always had the power when I have needed it.
Gas mileage is decent, but my 2001 all-wheel drive was just as good. Wish they would have brought the all-wheel drive Cube to the states.
Steering wheel controls are nice, but why no pause or mute? Also the stereo is nice with Satellite but why no HD?
Pros Good price if not overloaded with options---excellent city gas mileage---probably the best CVT on the market---funky, but functional styling, inside and out.
Cons No "colorful" interior options-only grey and black---rear seats don't fold flat---no sunroof option
Summary I have the S model which has what I want, AC, cruise control, and a radio good enough to listen to NPR. Normally I would get a manual transmission in a smallish car with a smallish engine, but with the Cube, the CVT beats the manual in fuel economy, so that's what I got. I got a white car because it spends a lot of time parked outside in Florida, but I wish I could have gotten a red or red/black interior like you can get in a smart or Soul. In the end, the cube won me over the smart because it has a lot more space for only a little more money. Also, the cube's CVT works much better than the smart's 5-speed DSG. The cube won out over the Soul for me, mainly because of the better fuel economy.
Pros Purchased it for a work car. Been to Denver, Tombstone, and all over the place. Like the room and gas mileage. I am a big person and don't have to grease up to get in it.Definatly an attention grabber. We call it the "booger" because it's Moss Green.
Cons Not really anything I don't like about it. Rides well and gets about 32 MPG. I would like to see a passenger arm rest.
Summary If you are looking for a car that is economcal and roomy this is it. Handles well in and out of town. I have a Ford F-150 and got this car because I was putting too many miles on the truck. With gas prices the way they were I needed something to lessen the mileage and cost of gas. I can fill up for about 25.00 at 2.50gal and travel the same distance the truck did for much less then half the price.
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