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2012 Nissan Juke - Review


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The 2012 Nissan Juke five-door hatchback is an unusual beast: an upright but divisively styled subcompact crossover, with available all-wheel drive and some very cool technology inside. People either love the Juke or hate it. There's no middle ground.

Unfortunately, while subcompacts generally get good gas mileage, the 2012 Juke is the exception to that rule.

Its highest EPA ratings comes from the front-wheel drive model with the CVT--27 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, for a combined rating of 29 mpg--our road test of an all-wheel drive model returned real-world mileage between 24 and 27 mpg.

That's below the EPA combined rating of 27 mpg for that model (25 mpg city, 30 mpg highway), and some publications have gotten as little as 22 mpg. Adding to the evidence, Juke owner forums are full of complaints about the car's startlingly low fuel efficiency, regardless how economically it's driven.

These days, the low 20s would be lousy fuel economy for a mid-size sedan, let alone a subcompact like...

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