Boxy charm in a practical package
Nothing yet, but it is very new.
The shape of these cars is downright polarizing. Some people, like my wife and I, love the car. We think it is cool, and quirky. Other folks, not so much. The first weekend we had the car, we parked it at the zoo. When we cam back, someone had spit right in the center of the driver's side window. (It was clearly spit -- I'm not being paranoid.) That is something about this car that some folks will deal with, FYI.
For our part, we love the car. That big window in the back makes parallel parking a snap. In fact, it was difficult getting used to how much better you could see when parking, a different kind of problem, really.
The seats are incredibly comfortable for such an inexpensive car. Also new for me was the fact that the rear seat adjusts front and back and reclines a bit for comfort. The car looks small, and it is, but feel spacious inside. I was surprised at the accessibility -- getting in and out is easy for my 6 foot 2 carpool buddy, who does prefer the front seat. He remarked though that even he can't reach the windshield while sitting.
The most interesting feature is the CVT (continuously variable transmission). From a standing start, to getting on the freeway, say, you feel like you're in one gear -- there is no discernible gear-shifting. At first, that lack of tangible performance feels weird, but you get used to it, and come to enjoy it, in my case, rather quickly. The 1.8L 4 cylinder is peppy, but the car isn't going to win any races. However, you won't feel like you are under-powered either unless you were looking for a 5 series BMW and settled on this.
Two things I don't like about the car: First, up here in North Dakota, we get a heck of a lot of wind. On the highway, the vehicle's high-profile toes mean you catch a bit more of that than I’d like. In strong sidewinds, the car drifts more than most cars we’ve owned, and means you should use extra caution on very windy days.
Secondly, I hate hate hate the sun visors in this car. They are just completely inferior. They block most of the sun through the windshield, but as for the door? Forget it. They are about 8 inches too short, which is annoying. I wish there was something that could be done about this, but I’m sure not.
Finally, I would say we looked at a lot of cars before settling on the Cube. We liked the Xb, Camry and Element, too, but the Cube offered most of what those vehicles had at a more reasonable price. Looking back, I would make the same decision again. I’ll check back in a year or so and try to give an update on this vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st October, 2009