2011 Nissan Juke
2011 Nissan Juke Overview
2011 Nissan Juke Review
(4 Stars) Fun, feature laden, and a real looker
Reviewed by Internet Auto Guide
Part SUV, part sporty coupe, the 2011 Juke brings Nissan into the exploding small-crossover segment, which is the fourth largest in the U.S. and one that continues to grow at an alarming rate. When it goes on sale in fall 2010, the Juke will face other fresh players, including the Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, as well as such established entries as the Scion xB and Kia Soul.
Based on Nissan's global-B platform, which underpins the likes of Versa, Cube, and Renault Clio, the Juke will go to battle armed with an all-new direct-injected 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 that generates an estimated 185 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic (CVT) is standard, with a six-speed manual available on front-drive models.
Of particular note is the Juke's available all-wheel-drive system, which sports torque-vectoring technology. This advanced system splits torque up to 50/50 between the front and rear axles, and, more important, routs torque side to side across the rear axle, which reduces understeer and heightens cornering agility.
- Bodystyle: SUV
- Engine: 1.6L I-4
- Transmissions: 6-speed manual, cont. variable auto
- Models: S, SV, SL
The Juke is brand new for 2011, giving Nissan a standout player in the burgeoning small-crossover segment. Both the Juke's power plant - a direct-injected 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 making 185-horsepower (est) - and its available torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system are firsts for a Nissan crossover in the U.S. Both inside and out, the Juke boasts audacious design - styling Nissan hopes will attract young males.
Inspired by the Qazana concept, the Juke features exaggerated, arched fenders, curvaceous, Volvo C30-esque taillamps, and a rally-style front end with bumper-integrated headlamps. The rear door handles are "hidden" for a coupelike appearance, and 17-inch wheels are standard.
Juke's bold exterior theme carries over inside, where a motorcycle-inspired center console adds spice to standard five-passenger seating, 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone, and USB/iPod connectivity. Options include navigation, power moonroof, and a back-up camera.
Performance & Handling
An all-new direct-injected 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 scoots the Juke quickly down the road, thanks to an estimated 185 horsepower and 175 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic (CVT) comes standard, with a six-speed manual available on front-drive models. All-wheel-drive models get a multi-link rear suspension (FWD gets a torsion beam) as well as a torque-vectoring system that helps rotate the rear end.
Driver and passenger front airbags are standard, along with front side bags and front and rear curtain bags. Additional safety features include front-seat active head restraints, electronic stability control, traction control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.
EPA Fuel Economy
- S, SV, SL FWD CVT: 28mpg city/34mpg highway (est)
- S, SV, SL AWD CVT: 27mpg city/33mpg highway (est)
- SV, SL FWD M/T: 27mpg city/34 mpg highway (est)
- Standout styling
- Turbo power
- Torque-vectoring AWD
- Standard Bluetooth
- Available nav/back-up camera
You Won't Like
- Standout styling
- Tight back seat
- No AWD with manual trans
- Limited cargo
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Fun, feature laden, and a real looker
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