2011 Nissan Juke Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality
The front seats sit high in the 2011 Nissan Juke, as does the car, which eliminates some of the vulnerability that a low seating position can induce in a small car surrounded in traffic by SUVs and trucks. And the driver's seat is adjustable for height, as well as back-rest angle, making it possible to get exactly the right position.

The rear seats are tight, although a pair of six-foot-tall passengers will just fit. The rear seat cushion too sits higher than in most subcompacts, meaning their knees won't be up under their chins. With front seats a couple of notches forward, it's possible to carry four adults in the Juke--though the rear passengers don't have much of a view out the narrowed rear window openings. And the sunroof cuts at least a couple of inches off headroom both front and rear.

Without folding down the split rear seat-back, the rear load bay doesn't look particularly large. Its 10.5 cubic feet turn out to hold more than you'd think, but to carry anything of size--that is, to carry what would fit in the trunk of a subcompact sedan--you have to fold down the seat. The Honda Fit has twice the Juke's load-bay volume.

It’s far from the most spacious or versatile subcompact, but the 2011 Nissan Juke holds four and has more than its share of useful features.
Nissan's designers have given the Juke several nice features we didn't expect. One we'd like to see in every car: a rubberized cell-phone tray at the bottom of the center stack. Although why couldn't they have made it large enough to hold two phones?

The driver's window has not only auto-down but auto-up as well, a godsend when pulling away from toll booths.

The Juke did have one notable omission: No center cubby for enclosed storage, meaning that stowing cameras out of site required putting them either in the glove box or under the seats. That also meant there was no rest for the driver's right elbow.

The headliner material looks cheap and feels very lightweight. Worse, our early-production car had both a cold-weather creak in the dashboard--it vanished once the car warmed up--and an intermittent buzz deep behind the console.

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