Pros *Compact, yet versatile and broadly competent.
*Good power / weight ratio.
*Handles well / minimal roll.
*Great AWD system.
*Interesting interior and exterior.
*Innovative center stack controls.
*Better visibility than expected.
*Nice std. features.
Cons * Suspension might be too firm for older people.
* Recommended premium fuel might annoy cheapskates.
* Back seat is no place for a tall person on a long trip.
* Not for shy people. Strangers will quiz you about it constantly.
* Hard plastic interior.
Summary Perfect all purpose runabout! The AWD works extremely well in the snow and inspires confidence on dry pavement while cornering. Generous ground clearance insures the pleasingly short front and rear overhangs are nearly impossible to scrape on parking blocks or steep ramps, etc. Small footprint and tight turn radius make for easy parking and city maneuvering. CVT makes passing on the freeway easy and pleasant. It also keeps revs in the power band so the turbo never goes off-boost during acceleration at any speed. Fixed gear ratios of the CVT in sport mode come in handy for hilly terrain or spirited driving. I-CON has a lot of MPG information. It logs weekly averages for the last five weeks, daily averages for the last five days, the last five times you drove the car, plus five you can reset manually. Car also has 3 trip computers (two with elapsed time and one with elapsed time plus average MPH) and gauges for real time MPG usage, torque distribution per wheel, miles til empty, and others. Everything you need, like a true temperature control, and lots of stuff that you don't that's cool anyway, such as the 2 axis g-force meter. It has the same interior space as our old Honda Civic coupe, but the hatchback body style makes the space more useful by allowing larger items to be loaded. The back doors are hidden so it's coupe-like good looks aren't spoiled by it's sedan functionality. Well illuminated controls. Ergonomic steering wheel mounted controls. Hands-free bluetooth works well. Stereo automatically increases volume to adjust for road noise. Side mirrors are large and provide good visibility. At night, you can see your front and rear turn signals blinking from the driver's seat. Weird, but surprisingly useful. You will never get a ticket for a turn signal bulb being burned out and it's impossible to drive with your blinker on by accident. Plus the marker lights on the fender provide a good point of reference for tight maneuvering. Traction control is not heavy handed and when it's off I think it's actually off. Brakes work well and have ABS and brake assist as well as brakeforce distribution. The brake overrides the accelerator. Intelligent key is awesome, my key has never left my coat pocket to open doors or start the car. Handles like a dream with miles of grip and minimal body roll. Ride is firm but long travel keeps it from being too harsh and copes with potholes/speed bumps very well. Thickly sculpted doors and narrow side glass give protected, almost armored, feeling. High seating position gives commanding view of the traffic ahead. Steering wheel seems to be the exact same one as in the 370Z, nicely shaped and sized for sporty feel. Comes standard with actual alloy rims. And on and on and on! This car definitely destroys it's competition when it comes to value for the money. The only area it comes up a bit short on is interior space, but hey, small on the outside, small on the inside. No surprise there, but could use an inch or two more headroom in the back. Interior materials aren't great but aren't unattractive. Other than that, the car is perfect. Love it!
Clutch feel and 6MT precision
keyless entry/ignition ("Smart Key")
Cons Some cheapness (plastics; some switches)
Seats average comfort
Summary If you're going to criticize a product due to its lack of "cabin tech", then at least be aware that there's another trim level above that addresses nearly all your complaints by adding a lot more content. To do otherwise is dishonest or ignorant.
You have the middling trim level. What do you expect?
Pros gas conserving while being taller for those of us who would rather, due to being older or because of medical problems, be able to 'fall' out of a car rather than having to 'climb' out of it.
Cons sounds a more 'bare bones' than I would like
Pros Fast, fun, small on the outside, feels bigger on the inside.
Amazing acceleration and handling in all driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco).
Nav is fully functional and helpful. Easy to read screens.
The dual-use buttons for driving mode/climate control is
Cons No middle armrest
too fun to drive to worry about the mpg's (oops)
Summary I was about to buy a similarly equipped MINI Clubman S when I came across this car. The MINI is very nice and peppy, but felt constrained and normal while driving it. I also hated looking up at traffic. The Juke sits high, and feels fun when driving. It has the level and feel of a quality Nissan product (i.e. didn't feel cheap). I can find an aftermarket armrest to fix my only real issue (already scoped a few out). All in all, I am very pleased so far with this Crossover.was easily able to acquire and add the UK version armrest...still too fun to drove to worry about mpgs, but getting mid 20's ;)
Updated on Jun 16, 2011
Pros Great Power, Style, Unique, IPod Integration, Handling, back seats fold down providing lots of room
Cons Fuel Economy, Rear Center seat is, well, small.
Summary My experience with the Juke SL is great. If you don't like the front, see it in person, and it'll grow on you. In darker colors, the front is more subdued and doesn't grab your attention as agressively. The editor is mis-informed. The SV is available with Navigation, on cars with a CVT. It's standard on SL trim with both a manual or CVT.
The 6-speed manual is great in this car, although it takes a bit of getting used to. The clutch feel, as well as the steering at extremely slow speeds, are really light and the best way to describe it is effortless. Coming from a Mini Cooper, the turning radius, interior space, and suspension are comparable. It's definitely a SMALL car. No getting around that, but it has more room than you think. Also has a buttload of power.
the I-CON system is much more useful than i though it would be. And the ECO and Sport modes really tweak the car in either direction, providing noticible gains or losses in fuel economy and performance. Some say the suspension is rough but it's not nearly as bad as some say it is. It's supposed to be a small sporty crossover thing and it does that just right. The suspension is well suited.
I hate this little quirk where if you have the front seats all the way back, the back seats won't fold down completely because the back headrests hit the backs of the front seats. Although this is an easy fix, just pull the front seats forward and back again, it's a pain in the butt. Once again, it's a small car.
Intellegent key system works well, and basically prevents you from locking your key in the car. Pretty cool.
Navagation unit is very intuitive. Gripes? well, the screen size is small, and the voice guidance only speaks the names of freeways, not streets. Voice recognition and bluetooth work well but only for bluetooth. There's no way to use voice recognition to control the actual navagation system.
Rear backup camera is cool.
Audio system is a bit high on the treble, but this can be fixed with the bass-mid-treble adjustments in the head unit.
Overall, the Juke is a great little car. I highly recommend it.
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