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2012 Nissan Cube

Starting Price: $14,980
Fuel Economy: Up to 31 mpg
Total Car Score: 75.22

Without doubt, this boxy wagon makes an impression. “There’s method to Nissan’s madness,” says Brauer, “as the small box offers big interior space and versatility, plus an impressive level of standard features.”

Among those standard features on the SL range is the Nissan Intelligent Key, a keyless entry device and remote-control starter. The Cube scores less well for handling, steering, and performance.