Battle of the Boxes: Nissan Cube VS. Kia Soul

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(Kia Soul: Starting at $13,300)

(Nissan Cube: Starting at $13,990)

Gee, it's hard not to notice the similar pricing of these two cubes on wheels. They are especially impressive considering the Scion XB starts at 3 grand more. How that is possible when the Scion XB is the only boxy car styled to the point of frumpiness that even Mrs. Garrett from The Facts of Life would tell it that it needs a serious makeover.

If you are a fan of bizarre styling and standing out in a crowd the Cube is really an excellent choice. If you like your uniqueness to have a hint of tailored stylishness about it then head on down to the Kia dealer. Its that simple right? Right? Unfortunately it isnt.

While the Cube is down a bit on power with only 122 horsepower it is perfectly adequate when equipped with the CVT or manual transmission to keep up with city traffic. Freeways are more taxing but this car was designed for suburban or urban missions and not cross country travel. Although freeway passing is difficult the interior is so comfortable that as long as you are patient long distances aren't completely out of the realm of possibility.

The Soul when equipped with the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder is a little bit faster but not by much. Both of these cars are about efficiency and can manage over 30 miles per gallon on the highway. While the outside of the Soul is stylish and the interior is well built someone went crazy with the fabric and plastic colors.

The base and + models are pretty Spartan and basic but whoever decided that the wallpaper from Mr. Furley's apartment in Three's Company made a good seat fabric style for the ! model needs to be fired. Don't even get me started on the harlot red in the Sport model. These details ruin the Soul for most mainstream buyers entirely.

Looks like you are the winner here Nissan Cube.

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