The Daihatsu The Tanto is Kei’s latest funky car to hit the market, and it’s already creating a buzz with its unique styling. The Tanto takes its inspiration from the Nissan Cube, but adds its own twist to the classic shape. The result is a lively and stylish car with a land style. In fact, some people have even compared it to the Nissan Cube, and it’s easy to see why. At first glance, the Daihatsu Tanto may look like a copy of the Nissan Cube. But on closer inspection, it becomes clear that Tanto is a completely different animal, far from being a copycat. It has a distinctive style compared to other Kei cars on the market. No wonder its latest fourth-generation model has been one of Daihatsu’s best-selling models for years! Let’s take a closer look at the Daihatsu Tanto and Nissan Cube to see what all the fuss is about!


Practicality: spacious interior for its size

Daihatsu Tanto side profile with doors open

The Daihatsu Tanto and Nissan Cube may be compact cars, but the Tanto is the clear winner when it comes to practicality. The Tanto’s boxy shape and tall height create a much more spacious interior than the Cube, making it ideal for larger items or groups of people. Plus, with its stylish flair and sassy attitude, the Tanto will turn heads wherever you go. It can also carry a lot of stuff when the rear seats are folded down, something the Cube can’t do. For convenience, the seat next to the driver can be folded into a table. The Tanto goes even further, adding more storage space and advanced safety features such as keyless entry, air conditioning, airbags and power windows. All in all, the Daihatsu Tanto is the perfect car for those who want something a little more attractive than the Nissan Cube. It has stylish hinged doors that set it apart from the competition and it comes with some great features like mobile phone storage compartments.

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Design and styling: A boxy but stylish Kei car

Since his debut, Tanto has been a formidable opponent Cube Nissan. It resembles a chic, stylish box on rings and is a classic example of how to make fun of the competition. While the Tanto borrows a lot from the Nissan Cube in terms of design and styling, it takes it up a notch with a more interesting interior design and color scheme. Its dashboard has been enhanced with orange accents and upgraded upholstery. More colors such as green, red and beige have been added to the exterior of the new models. In addition, the Daihatsu van has a unique front fascia and upper grille that looks more like an SUV bumper. The grill also has an aluminum guard bar and a more durable construction, making it more durable. On the other hand, the plastic feel of the interior of the Nissan Cube is decidedly non-standard. In addition, its front grille is very aggressive and borrows the window design from a bulldog in sunglasses – very cool if you like your bull in the shade!

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Performance: Not too shabby

Daihatsu Tanto engine shot

The Tanto is powered by a 658cc three-cylinder engine that produces 64 horsepower and 52 lb-ft of torque. It’s available in both front- and all-wheel drive, and comes standard with a CVT. While the Tanto’s performance isn’t mind-blowing, it’s more than adequate for daily driving and commuting. Plus, with the bonus of a CVT transmission and optional two- or four-wheel drive, the Tanto is a versatile car that can handle a variety of driving situations. The Tanto’s main competitor, the Nissan Cube, may have a 122-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, but its performance is on par with the Tanto. In other words, the Cube’s engine is more powerful, but doesn’t matter much in real-world driving. The Daihatsu Tanto has an unsurpassed fuel economy of 24 km/litre (56.5 mpg). By comparison, the Nissan Cube returns just 17 km/liter (40 mpg). The Tanto can go from 0 to 62 mph in just 16 seconds; more than five seconds faster than the Cube. So, if you want fun and good gas travel, Tanto is your best choice.

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Cost and Value: Tanto is more affordable

Daihatsu Tanto interior photo

At the current exchange rate, the price of the Daihatsu Tanto is around 1,386,000 Japanese Yen, which is around $9,555 at the current exchange rate. That’s significantly cheaper than Nissan’s base Cube S with a manual transmission, which starts at $17,500. The CVT adds $1,000 to the price.

Production: limited edition

A shot of the front of a red Daihatsu Tanto

The Nissan Cube, a boxy and angular car, is practically a work of art. And yet, due to weak sales, a poor yen/US dollar exchange rate, and impending government regulations, this amazing little car will never see the light of day in the United States. Unfortunately, the same goes for the Daihatsu Tanto. It’s a Kei car, so you can’t import it into America until a sensible import law goes into effect. But, even if you could import it, the costs would be too high to keep up, especially with American safety standards. So, unless you’re lucky enough to live in Japan, you may never experience the joy of driving a Fun Cross Diatsu Tanto.

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A cool little car that deserves attention

The Tanto is the obvious choice if you’re looking for speed and agility. And while the Nissan Cube may be suitable for small errands and getting around town, the Tanto will leave the Cube in the dust in a real performance challenge. Also, its powerful turbocharged engine gives it more style and panache than the Nissan Cube.