Pricing for the base 2010 Nissan Cube remains unchanged from the 2009 model, but opt for the S, SL, or Krom trims and you'll be paying a bit more than last year.

For 2010, the S model sees a $340 price increase, but comes with a number of useful upgrades including steering wheel controls, Bluetooth, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Radio Data System, six speakers (up from four), and speed-sensitive volume control. $14,710 will get you into the driver's seat of this asymmetrical boxy compact, or $15,750 for a Cube 1.8 S.

The 1.8 SL trim is also $340 more than it was in 2010 at $17,850, but this year Sapphire Black is an optional color. The high-end Krom edition gets a $750 price increase, though this year a 4.3-in. color audio display with USB connectivity and RearView Monitor is standard. Nissan's Intelligent Key and a Push Button Ignition also are now part of the Krom package. For $20,870, you'd really have to want a car as boldly styled as the Cube, but the pricing is comparable to that of the Scion xB and Kia Soul.

All Cubes are powered by a 122-hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine mated to a CVT or six-speed manual transmission. In October, the Scion xB sold 1782 units (with a much higher base price than the other two), Kia sold 2063 Souls, and Nissan sold 2097 Cubes.

All Cube prices include a $720 destination fee.

Source: Nissan