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2011 Nissan Juke - Review


2011 Nissan Juke

2011 Nissan Juke

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The beltline rises toward the rear, and with bulbous fender arches and the rear door handles hidden in the black trim of the roof pillar, the Juke combines design cues that make it a sort-of-tall-crossover, sort-of-coupe, sort-of-hatchback. It's definitely not trying to be a mini-truck, though, which is a good thing.

We decided the Juke was probably the love child from a one-night stand between a Nissan Murano crossover and a new, young, nubile Nissan Leaf electric car. Regardless, our toll collector and garage attendant (both young men) already knew what it was, and asked a lot of questions about it--so it must be hitting its target.

Inside, the trim is largely black plastic, with a mix of soft and hard surfaces but overall, a more upscale look than we'd expected. The shift-lever surround is a contrasting glossy plastic--in our car, scarlet--meant to evoke a motorcycle gas tank, Nissan says--and the same material sets off the door inserts.

Bright red inserts livened up the black cloth seats and the whole cabin. Given all the red and black, we were tempted to nickname the little Juke "Spiderman". We liked the effect, though it might be less loud in the silver tone that's also available.

Zippy, sporty, and fun

All models of Juke are fitted with a 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter direct-injected and turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It's peppy, although it has to be revved to get the best performance out of it.

A six-speed manual gearbox is available only on the SV trim level, but most Jukes, including ours, will come with Nissan's continuously variable transmission (CVT), which varies engine revs and an infinite number of gear ratios for the best tradeoff between performance and fuel economy.

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Comments (4)
  1. I personally like the way the juke looks. I cant believe it gets low gas mileage. My 2010 Murano gets 23 or more on the highway.

  2. This MPG insanity has to stop! You need to look at reality!
    Subaru Outback Sport - 20/27 claimed.
    Toyota Matrix S AWD - 20/26 claimed.
    Suzuki SX4 Crossover - 23/29 claimed.
    Since these are consistent with what Juke owners report, I did not verify if the real world mileage was as good as the claim.
    Nissan Juke - 25/30 claimed.
    Owner's forum posts indicate most people are getting slightly less, at worst, consistent with the claimed mileage of vehicles above (in mostly cold weather).
    Mini Countryman - 25/31 claimed.
    The Countryman is a new release as well. In their owners forums, there are many posts like this one.....
    "I have about 700 miles on my Countryman S All4 and I'm a little concerned I'm avg. 20 MPG, city driving. I think it should be closer to 30. Any ideas as to the "Why". I love my Mini and enjoy driving it, but 20 seams very low."
    There are very few American Countryman owners, but the complaints are numerous among UK owners as well. Is seems as if the Countryman is getting about the same mileage as the Juke. The same as the stated mileage on the cars I listed at the beginning of this post (or slightly better). In short, totally reasonable and predictable mileage.

  3. I recently test drove and purchased a Juke SL with AWD to commute in. I had to order mine and it has not come in yet. I am currently driving a 2000 subaru outback AWD. I live in snow country in northwest Montana. My point here is that I think the Juke will do just fine in 6" of snow or on an icy driveway if you had the appropriate tires for the condition you are driving in. I run studded snows in the winter because the all seasons don't perform very well in the slush and ice. Perhaps also the weight of the vehicle might also add to the lack of performance but I really am convinced that studded snows will resolve the majority of winter driving wows. As for the poor gas mileage threads I have read seem to indicate using non ethanol fuel to improve the mpg's.

  4. @Albert: I would agree that the stock tires are not the best for snow. The Juke has 7.0 inches of ground clearance, which is pretty good. But, note that studded tires are illegal in many, many parts of the country because of how badly they tear up asphalt road surfaces.

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