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Top Safety Pick
Outward visibility is great (once you get used to looking past those alligator eyes sticking up out of the hood)
Visibility through the upright windshield is excellent
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hasn't yet tested the 2012 Nissan Juke, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has--and it's given the pert little crossover its Top Safety Pick award. We'll update this review when more data is available from the federal agency.
The Juke is equipped with the usual, mandatory safety gear, including dual front, side and curtain airbags; and anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control. Tire-pressure monitors are standard as well, and in the Juke, when a tire is low, the horn sounds, alerting drivers.
Rearward visibility isn't as bad in the Juke as we expected. Despite short side windows and thick rear pillars, the view to the rear is okay, and the rear-seat headrests don't block much. The rear window isn't the biggest--it's shallow and arched--but the rearview mirror gives ample warning of what's behind you on the road. However, new safety gadgets like a rearview camera and blind-spot monitors aren't offered.
The IIHS has good things to say about the 2012 Nissan Juke, but the Feds haven't checked in yet.