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The Nissan Juke is a five-passenger crossover SUV. As one of the more unusual crossover SUVs on the market, some find the Juke's styling downright bizarre, while others praise its very sophisticated powertrain. In any case, it receives attention wherever it goes, which is something that can't be said for many vehicles in its class. The Juke is a rival for vehicles like the Kia Soul and Fiat 500L... Read More Below »
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Side Exterior View - 2016 Nissan Juke 5dr Wagon CVT S FWD

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The Nissan Juke is a five-passenger crossover SUV.

As one of the more unusual crossover SUVs on the market, some find the Juke's styling downright bizarre, while others praise its very sophisticated powertrain. In any case, it receives attention wherever it goes, which is something that can't be said for many vehicles in its class.

The Juke is a rival for vehicles like the Kia Soul and Fiat 500L tall hatchbacks, the MINI Countryman, and probably the slightly larger Subaru XV Crosstrek hatchback. In the past year or so, however, the segment expanded further to include the Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, Chevy Trax, Mazda CX-3, and Honda HR-V. The Juke was one of the first to enter the segment, and its unique styling may help it against those more traditionally styled offerings, but competition is certainly increasing.

MORE: Read our full review of the 2016 Nissan Juke

Despite a platform shared with the tall Cube and last-generation Sentra, the Juke is built to be a sporty car. The engine, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four, may not always produce all the power that its 188-hp rating suggests—drivers have to learn to rev it—and it's far from quiet, but the acceleration is strong once you get there. We prefer the six-speed manual to the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), even though the latter comes with simulated "gears" that you can click between. All-wheel drive is available, but comes only with the CVT.

For a relatively tall car, the Juke performs well, and all will agree that what it does provide is good handling, along with a sharp, athletic driving experience. On the road, we noticed that impact harshness can be an issue in the Juke over some surfaces, although our editorial team is mixed overall on how well the Juke rides.

One serious downside that we—along with most other reviewers—have noticed is the Juke's surprising thirst. While EPA ratings land at 28 mpg city, 32 highway, 30 combined with the front-wheel-drive CVT model and 24/32/30 with the manual gearbox (or 26/31/28 with AWD), we haven't seen higher than about 24 mpg across a wide range of conditions. Turbocharged engines often do not do as well in the real world as they do under EPA test conditions, and that appears to be the case here. 

Despite its underpinnings, the quirky, brash, bug-eyed Juke doesn't offer nearly the interior space of the Sentra or the bygone Cube. The Juke's size makes it a fun and interesting alternative to compact hatchbacks, but it doesn't have the packaging to back up its crossover-esque looks. Four adults can fit, but the cabin is somewhat narrow, rear legroom is tight, and there's limited headroom in the rear because of the dipping roofline. The front seats could use some more support, and their placement up high blocks the view of rear-seat passengers. Those in back are at least treated to adjustable seat-back rake, which can alleviate some height issues, but it also eats into the Juke's modest 10.5 cubic feet of cargo room. That said, the Juke is more an urban fashion accessory than a utility vehicle.

For the 2011 and 2012 model years, the Juke was offered in three trim levels, with the base model including Bluetooth connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack, power accessories, keyless entry, and 17-inch wheels. Mid-range SV models added push-button start, satellite radio, a moonroof, and automatic climate control; while top-of-the-line Juke SL models got Rockford Fosgate audio, a USB port, and a small-screen navigation system.

A handful of minor changes arrived for the 2013 model year, but the hotter Juke NISMO took until 2014 before arriving. That Nissan Juke NISMO got a bit more power from its turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, along with an even more firmly tuned suspension to go with its specially-developed torque-vectoring system. Nissan also added the slightly more aggressive Juke Nismo RS to take the little crossover another step into performance land with even more power.

The Juke received its first major update for the 2015 model year. The front and rear styling was revised, with LED accent lighting at both ends as well as new projector headlamps. Inside, the interior received a modest redesign, and Nissan added more standard equipment than before. All Jukes now include a rearview camera, pushbutton start, and the NissanConnect infotainment system, which is operated through a 5.0-inch touch screen and offers phone-to-car audio streaming, Bluetooth, a USB port, and iPod connectivity. Jukes can also be customized through the dealer with the Juke Color Studio, which offers 12 accessories in eight different colors, allowing customers to make the interesting looking little crossover truly unique, or perhaps weirder looking. It's all in the eye of the beholder.

Nissan has made only one change of note for 2016 by adding Siri Eyes Free iPhone control to all models.

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The Nissan Juke launched in 2011 looks like no other car on the road, from the bug-eyed lights on top of the hood (they’re turn signals) to the exaggerated fender lines. It’s a subcompact five-door hatchback with available all-wheel drive, and it’s a style statement as much as it is practical transportation. It’s also surprisingly fun to drive, but be prepared for public comments. Standard and automatic transmissions and a variety of options offered a lot of different combinations.
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