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Nissan Juke Review

The 2015 Nissan Juke ranks 7 out of 9 Affordable Subcompact SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Nissan Juke, as well as reliability and safety data.

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The 2015 Nissan Juke impresses reviewers with its peppy engine, agile handling and excellent fuel economy, though they say it has a cramped interior and small cargo area.

Test drivers think the Nissan Juke's standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers plenty of power and fast acceleration. However, the standard automatic transmission (CVT) shifts too slowly, some reviewers write. The two performance-oriented Nismo models are available with a six-speed manual. The EPA estimates that the 2015 Juke gets up to 28/32 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Keep in mind that the Juke uses premium gas, which is unusual for a mainstream SUV. Auto writers praise the Nissan Juke for its exceptionally sporty handling. They note that its steering is sharp and responsive, helping the Juke manage confidently through high-speed corners. Some reviewers also point out that models equipped with all-wheel drive deliver even sharper handling.

The 2015 Nissan Juke's cabin has lots of hard, low-rent plastic materials, according to auto journalists. While some testers feel the Juke's interior design looks disorganized, most think it's stylish and unique. The Juke lacks a telescoping steering wheel, and test drivers think that makes it hard to find a comfortable driving position, though they note that the Juke's front seats are sufficiently supportive. A few report that the rear seats can be difficult to get into. Critics are disappointed in the lack of headroom in both rows. The Juke has significantly less overall cargo space than many of its competitors. Standard features include Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a hands-free text messaging assistant, push-button start, satellite radio and a USB port. Available features include a six-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system, Nissan's Around View Monitor camera system and a NissanConnect infotainment system, which includes navigation, mobile app integration and a 5.8-inch touch screen. Auto writers appreciate the Juke’s large, easy-to-use audio and climate controls and its well-marked gauges.

  • "I'm sure a good portion of the Juke's ‘engaging driving experience’ is the psychosomatic effect of the styling, but in this segment the idea of speed is all you really need to sell ‘sportiness.’ As long as you don't have much stuff to lug and you won't be wandering too far from town, the Juke would like be a cheerful sparkle in your 9-to-5 existence." -- Jalopnik
  • "Nissan's funky compact CUV features polarizing styling that elicits strong opinions but never comparisons to other cars, and its ‘sports sedan trapped in a crossover body’ personality also sets it apart from the competition. Cramped rear seats and limited cargo space mean the Juke isn't for everyone, but those who like the styling and prioritize driving enjoyment should take a close look." -- Left Lane News
  • “On one hand, the JUKE offers the functionality of a hatchback. On the other, it delivers a fun-to-drive experience, thanks to a turbocharged engine, precise steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Add a nice dose of cutting-edge electronic features and you have a crossover that's perfect for a more youthful driver." -- AutoTrader
  • "Going into 2015, Nissan hasn't really made major changes, but there are a host of smaller improvements on hand to make it a more well-rounded vehicle than ever before." -- Autoblog

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Kia Sportage impresses reviewers with its nimble handling and strong optional turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which they say delivers abundant power. Test drivers report that the Sportage’s cabin is stylish and well-built.

According to reviewers, the Chevrolet Equinox’s cabin is exceptionally quiet and features high-quality materials and spacious seating in both rows. They also like its comfortable ride, and the Equinox has much more cargo room than the Juke.

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Details: 2015 Nissan Juke

The 2015 Nissan Juke seats five and comes with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The Juke comes in five trims: S, SV, SL, Nismo and Nismo RS. All models have a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, but the Nismo RS has more power than the others. A continuously variable transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available on both Nismo models. The Juke was introduced for the 2011 model year and sees few changes this year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 through 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/25/15

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