The Nissan Juke is a cross between a sporty compact and a tiny SUV. Juke is charming, unique and engaging, and it accelerates in lively fashion. Its ride quality can be a little disconcerting, depending on where you drive. If mileage is a crucial consideration, a buyer can do better for less. The Juke will play well with those who put a premium on shout-out styling and visceral excitement. Those who put a premium on refinement and smooth ride might look elsewhere.
Sam Moses reported from Vancouver, British Columbia; with J.P. Vettraino reporting from Detroit.
Model Line Overview
Nissan Juke S ($19,770), S AWD ($21,420); Juke SV ($21,080), SV AWD ($23,230); Juke SL ($23,400), SL AWD ($25,550)
front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full-cabin head-protection curtains, vehicle dynamic control (VDC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Nissan Juke SV FWD ($21,080)
manually adjusted front seats with Suede-Tricot cloth upholstery, automatic air conditioning, I-CON system with sport and economy modes, six-speaker audio with single CD, XM satellite radio with three-month subscription, auxiliary input and Bluetooth connectivity, power windows, mirrors and locks, proximity key with pushbutton start, cruise control, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, overhead map lights, one 12-volt power point, 60/40 fold-flat rear seat, cargo light, rear privacy glass, 17-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Sport Package ($1,310) includes rear-spoiler, Gunmetal wheels and stainless-steel exhaust finisher; carpeted floor mats ($175)
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 24, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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