2012 Nissan Juke vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Juke AWD 5dr Wagon I4 CVT SV Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Choosing competitors for the Juke is more psychology than marketing.

We think the Suzuki SX4 is close in size and mission, and the small and cheerful all-wheel-drive SX4 is reasonably capable--but it's also old, noisy, and not very well equipped.

The Honda Fit is way more flexible than the Juke, but it doesn't offer all-wheel drive and it doesn't have anything like the Juke’s street presence.

The Mazda3 handles very well, and has more practical packaging, but no all-wheel drive.

We'd say the Kia Soul captures some of the Juke's funky spirit without its objectionable weirdness, but the Soul isn't as grippy or as zippy as the Juke, though it's far more spacious and comfortable and even better equipped.

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Quick Specs
7.0
Scant room and lousy gas mileage probably don't even matter--if you're into the 2012 Nissan Juke's crazy styling, you'll probably love its zingy powertrain and its dino-skin cockpit.
8.0
The 2012 Honda Fit is peppy and fun to drive, and its interior is incredibly space-efficient; but some might be turned off by its rather utilitarian look.
8.2
The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
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With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
7.0
The 2012 Suzuki SX4 remains the lowest-priced car with all-wheel drive, and it's one of the best small-car values for the money.
MSRP From    
$19,990$15,325$13,900$15,200$13,849
Gas Mileage    
25 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas Turbocharged I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Small Station WagonSmall Station WagonSmall Station WagonCompactSmall station wagon
Style Name    
5-Door Wagon CVT S FWD5-Door HB Manual5-Door Wagon Manual Base4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan Manual FWD
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Crossover5 Door Hatchback5 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
CVTManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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