2012 Nissan Juke

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2012 Nissan Juke Review

A bold, fun to drive crossover

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Overview
The Nissan Juke made its debut in 2011, and as a result there are no significant changes for the 2012 model year. The compact crossover features a combination of bold styling and performance you might not get on other small SUVs. The Juke is built on Nissan's B-platform, which also underpins the Versa and Cube. This crossover has an aggressive front end, as well as a coupe-like roofline. Nissan's Juke is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that produces 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. A surprising option is the available advanced torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system. This system splits up torque to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels, and can also split torque from side to side across the rear axle, which helps reduce understeer and enhance the vehicle's cornering feel. The interior is just as aggressive as the exterior, with its wide instrument panel and unique center console that was inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank. A high-mounted shift lever is located on top of the council for sporty driving. The Juke is also equipped with an abundance of technological features such as push button start and XM NavTraffic.

The Range

Body Style: Crossover SUV
Engines: 1.6L, I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, continuously variable transmission (CVT)
Models: S, SV, SL

What's New

The Juke made its debut in 2011, so there are no significant changes for 2012. The Juke's debut gave Nissan a formidable opponent in the crossover SUV class. The Juke may be smaller inside than the compact Rogue crossover, but its bolder styling is likely to appeal to a different buyer.

Exterior

The Juke is built on Nissan's B-platform, a platform that is also featured on the Versa and Cube. The exterior is extremely bold and unique, with its coupe-like roofline and intricate lines. It also features hidden rear door handles, as well as turn signals integrated into the side fenders. The Juke sits on 17-inch wheels.

Interior

The interior is much like the exterior-aggressive. It features a wide instrument panel and a center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank. In the rear, the seats fold down 60/40, providing extra cargo space. Available options include leather seating, a rearview monitor, and a navigation system with XM NavTraffic.

Performance & Handling

The Juke is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that produces 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. Nissan offers two transmissions; a six-speed manual transmission and a continuously variable transmission. An available torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system is offered. This system splits torque up 50:50 between the front and rear wheels and can also split torque from side to side across the rear axle. This helps reduce understeer and enhance the vehicle's cornering feel.

Safety

The Juke is equipped with six airbags; dual threshold front airbags, roof-mounted curtain-side impact airbags, seat-mounted driver and front passenger side impact supplemental airbags. Other safety features include front-seat active head restraints, vehicle dynamic control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

EPA Fuel Economy

FWD (CVT): 27 mpg city/ 32 mpg highway
FWD (manual): 24 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway
AWD (CVT): 25 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Bold Styling
  • Torque-Vectoring AWD
  • Adequate power

You Won't Like

  • Bold Styling
  • Tight back seat

Sum Up

A bold, fun to drive crossover

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