Sloping roof means headroom is limited for rear seat passengers
Ruling: The Nissan JUKE may have a style that you love or hate, but its sporty character will inspire you to drive more and more.
The all-new 2011 Nissan JUKE is a crossover with a bold design and sports car-like attitude. Performance is inspired by a 188-hp 1.6-liter direct injection turbo 4-cylinder engine and advance torque vectoring all-wheel drive system. Nissan brought together the qualities of a sports car with the advantages of an compact SUV into a package that is distinctly unique.
The JUKE offers generous ground clearance with its sporty driving position, dynamic handling and powerful turbo engine. The element that distinguishes the JUKE is the Integrated Control (I-CON) system drive mode selector which enables the driver to choose three different throttle/transmission/steering response settings - Normal for everyday driving, Sport for stepping up the performance meter, and Eco for maximum fuel efficiency.
Two transmissions are offered – Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only).
Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg City and 32 Highway for JUKE FWD models equipped with the CVT and 24 mpg City and 31 Highway for JUKE FWD 6-speed manual transmission equipped models. JUKE AWD CVT models are rated at 25 mpg City and 30 mpg Highway.
Only one option package is offered – the Navigation Package, which includes a Secure Digital (SD) Card-based Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch screen display and XM NavTraffic® capability (XM® subscription required, sold separately), upgraded speakers and Rockford Fosgate-powered subwoofer and USB connectivity (iPod® compatible).
Verdict: From a rational, criteria driven point of view, the Juke doesn’t make much sense, but take this spunky little crossover out for a spin and we promise you’ll end up with a smile on your face. Sometimes what makes no sense can be the most rewarding, especially if you’re looking for something fun.