Our new book

Nonabelian algebraic topology: filtered spaces, crossed complexes, cubical homotopy groupoids,
EMS Tracts in Mathematics vol 15 http://pages.bangor.ac.uk/~mas010/nonab-a-t.html

uses mainly cubical, rather than simplicial, sets. The reasons are explained in the Introduction. In strict cubical higher categories we can easily express

*algebraic inverse to subdivision*,

a simple intuition which I have found difficult to express in simplicial terms. Thus cubes are useful for local-to-global problems. This intuition is crucial for our Higher Homotopy Seifert-van Kampen Theorem, which enables new calculations of some homotopy types, and suggests a new foundation for algebraic topology at the border between homotopy and homology.

Also cubes have a nice tensor product and this is *crucial* in the book for obtaining some homotopy classification results.

I have found that with cubes I have been able to conjecture and in the end prove theorems which have enabled new nonabelian calculations in homotopy theory, e.g. of second relative homotopy groups. So I have been happy to use cubes until someone comes up with something better. ($n$-simplicial methods, in conjunction with cubical ideas, turned out, however, to be necessary for proofs in the work with J.-L. Loday.)

See also some beamer presentations available on my preprint page.

Here is a further emphasis on the above point on algebraic structures: consider the following diagram:

From left to right pictures subdivision; from right to left pictures composition. The composition idea is well formulated in terms of double categories, and that idea is easily generalised to $n$-fold categories, and is expressed well in a cubical context. In that context one can conjecture, and eventually prove, higher dimensional Seifert-van Kampen Theorems, which allow new calculations in algebraic topology. Such multiple compositions are difficult to handle in globular or simplicial terms.

The further advantage of cubes, as mentioned in above answers, is that the formula $I^m \times I^n \cong I^{m+n}$ makes cubes very helpful in considering monoidal and monoidal closed structures.