The 2011 Nissan Juke small crossover is a one-of-a-kind vehicle. Its extroverted styling, turbocharged engine, and comfortable interior go a long way toward giving this five-door hatchback a jolt of pizzaz that no subcompact economy car could dream of.
Once you're past the styling, it's full of clever details. We especially liked the I-CON control system, for example, which remaps several of the center-stack control buttons and the full-color secondary display screen that shows vehicle operating data. The default is to use them for Climate control, but push the "D-Mode" button and the orange buttons change to white, offering a new set of options: Normal, Sport, and Eco modes.
It rides and handles well, makes a comfortable distance car for two people (and a tolerable one for four), and the high seating position makes it feel larger inside than it actually is. The Juke's main drawback, in our view, is absymal gas mileage for such a small car. We didn't even see 23 mpg over a 300-mile...
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