2011 Honda
Element EX
vs. 2011 Nissan
cube

2011 Nissan cube

9.6

starting from

$15,500

Reasons to buy the Nissan cube

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Less chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
4 stars
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Good city fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Good highway fuel efficiency
30 mpg
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Child door locks
Standard
2011 Honda Element EX

9.6

starting from

$23,745
"It provides a durable and practical way to move your stuff."
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"Useful and innovative cargo options."
usnews.rankingsandreviews.com | talking about the Element's storage

Reasons to buy the Honda Element EX

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OK brakes
Disc
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Cruise control
Standard
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Best suspension
Independent
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Lengthy braking distance from 60mph
140 ft
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.6
2011 Honda Element EX Winner: Element EX
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  • The Element EX's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Element EX has 5 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 7 vs 2
Safety Features 8.5 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan cube Winner: cube
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  • Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the cube ; optional upgrade on the Element EX
  • The cube has 1 more airbag (including Rear Curtain), 5 vs 4
Practicality 9.4 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan cube Winner: cube
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  • The cube 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Element EX
  • The cube has 4 more cupholders, 11 vs 7
  • Room for 1 more person, 5 vs 4
Cost 9.7 vs 10.0
2011 Nissan cube Winner: cube
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  • Gets around 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 25 mpg vs 20 mpg
  • The best price we've seen is $8,245 cheaper (more than 30% less), $15,500 vs $23,745
Performance 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both vehicles can make tight turns
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Both Element EX and cube are sluggish relative to their competitors
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither offers a leather interior
  • Neither has a power seat option
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
Missing information
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Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.6 vs 9.6

Entertainment System

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Element EX
2011 Honda Element EX
2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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Number of speakers 7 vs 2 The Element EX has an OK number of speakers, while the cube has very few
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Element EX has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Safety Features

Honda
Element EX
2011 Honda Element EX
2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 4 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Drum The Element EX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the cube ; optional upgrade on the Element EX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Practicality

Honda
Element EX
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2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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Passengers 4 vs 5 The cube has the usual number of seats, while the Element EX has very few
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Highway driving range 398 miles vs 396 miles Very limited highway range
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Cargo space 74.6 ft3 vs 58.1 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 58.7 ft3 vs 54.6 ft3 Both average size front seats
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folding rear seats Not Available vs Standard The cube 's standard folding rear seat will get you extra cargo room; not available on the Element EX
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 7 vs 11 Both have a good number of cupholders but the cube is particularly good
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Cost

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Element EX
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2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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MSRP $23,745 vs $15,500 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 20 mpg vs 25 mpg The cube has great city mileage and the Element EX is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 36,000 mile Shorter basic warranty
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 3 year Shorter-lasting basic warranty

Performance

Honda
Element EX
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cube
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Horsepower 166 HP @ 5,800 RPM vs 122 HP @ 5,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Element EX's automatic transmission is convenient for stop-and-go traffic
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 21.3 lb/hp vs 22.7 lb/hp Both Element EX and cube are sluggish relative to their competitors
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.9 ft vs 33.4 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Luxury Features

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Element EX
2011 Honda Element EX
2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Honda
Element EX
2011 Honda Element EX
2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 4 stars The cube is 1.7x safer than the Element EX
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Honda
Element EX
2011 Honda Element EX
2011 Nissan cube Nissan
cube
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0-60 mph 10.4 seconds vs 10.0 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 140 ft vs 149 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 78 mph vs 17.7 s @ 79 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.77 g vs 0.8 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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2011 Nissan cube 2011 Suzuki SX4 cube vs SX4

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