July 13, 2024

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Text and photos by Cor Steenstra.

The 2012 Nissan Cube never seized to amaze me. Here I was thinking the Cube was already getting long in the tooth, with a styling first show quite some time ago already, and after a long delay was it put on the US market. Time seemed to ave caught up with this Nissan, the newness of the asymmetry was certainly gone, the uniqueness of the refrigerator design was also quite past it’s expiration date.

So when this Nissan was delivered I was quite skeptical if we should even mention this one again. Then I got into the car, with a lot of ease, for the car still s uniquely high, with exemplary ease of access. Aside from that weird rug Velcro-ed down on the center dash, with no apparent function to execute safely while driving, the rest of the interior has withstood the test of time quite well, to my big surprise.

Driving the Cube, I was struck by how many people, including my 11 year old daughter, find the Cube really cute and, as she called it adorable. She doesn’t say this easily, and certainly was no fan of the latest VW Beetle when we had that a while ago. Yet here she was being all lovey DaVeY about what I perceived as an aging design. Something still is current with the Cube. Very much so.

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