Cubism traditionally refers to an early 20th-century style of art, popularized by Picasso, in which artists abandoned traditional perspectives in favor of the interplay among geometric shapes, interlocking planes and collage motifs. The Nissan Cube, one of the latest additions to the growing segment of compact, blocky hatchback wagons, is dressed up with an eclectic blend of curved styling cues, an asymmetrical rear window and ovoid front-side windows. Picasso would’ve dug it.
Offered with a manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT), the four-door Cube has a smooth four-cylinder engine and an airy cabin with ample headroom and legroom. Its real-world cargo-carrying ability is disappointing, though. This deficiency, plus the Cube’s overly soft handling, relegates it to midpack status among compact wagons.