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in 2011 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $14,904 - $17,763
Original MSRP: $19,570 - $25,200
MPG: 27 City / 32 Hwy
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2011 Nissan Juke Interior

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Given the 2011 Nissan Juke’s small size, its interior isn’t as disappointing as it could be. The front seat is comfortable for adults, but the back seat is a different story. Reviewers say it’s small for two adults and a pinch for three, but if drivers need to fill the second row, they can.

Squished seating aside, the interior is fitted with a lot of hard plastics and an ample serving of features that includes standard Bluetooth, an optional navigation system and iPod interface.

  • "There's a decent cargo area, but you must fold the rear seats to get real carrying capacity. Families with strollers and such might find themselves cramped out of the Juke." -- Car and Driver
  • "Despite a dearth of soft-touch surfaces, Nissan did endow the Juke's relatively spacious and well-finished cabin with unique visual flair and lots of functionality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Nissan's low-price model of its navi screen was washed-out white, while a lower screen displaying power or mileage data presented bright colors. The effect was as if a kid with little budget and less taste bought whatever was cheap in that month's JC Whitney parts catalog and furnished a car." -- USA Today
  • "The interior seemed pretty average for something that's supposed to start around $20,000. It's nice, but not exceptionally so. The cloth front bucket seats have modest side bolsters and offer a range of adjustability that makes the driver's seat comfortable for taller people." -- Cars.com

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Seating

The 2011 Nissan Juke seats five, but only the driver and the front seat passenger will be comfortable. The front seats are well bolstered, and despite the lack of a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, the driver should be able to find a comfortable position.

One of the reasons why seating can be uncomfortable is because of limited headroom. Those over five foot nine should be sure to give the Juke a thorough test drive before they decide to buy the car. The Juke’s exterior styling makes the back seat uncomfortable as well. The roof is low, and once tall passengers get situated in the front seats, legroom is tight. Also, getting out of the back seat is hard due to the Juke’s rear-wheel arches.

  • “Front comfort. Seats looked good, felt good." -- USA Today
  • "[I]t offers a high seating position for a commanding view of the road that's so popular in SUVs and crossovers, along with seating for five." -- Motor Trend
  • "Your 6-foot friend won't be thrilled to ride back there for a long haul, but he's lucky you didn't make him walk instead." -- Edmunds
  • "The front seats are supportive, with enough bolstering to keep passengers in place during hard cornering. Headroom should be good for all but the tallest drivers, and legroom is plentiful, thanks to lots of seat travel. The steering wheel tilts but doesn't telescope, so not all drivers will find their ideal driving position." -- MSN

Interior Features

The Juke has one of the best features lists in the class. The base model gets Bluetooth, power windows and door locks, keyless entry, steering-wheel mounted cruise controls and a tilt steering column. Navigation, XM Nav Traffic, a rearview camera, USB port and push-button start are optional. A few reviewers say the navigation system is difficult to read in the sun.

Most reviewers say Nissan fitted the Juke with a lot of hard plastics, but overall it looks nice and is subdued compared with the Juke’s bold exterior.  

  • "The 2011 Nissan Juke's interior styling is a bit more restrained than the exterior, with pleasingly rounded forms such as those seen on the dash top and the door release levers. Silver accents brighten things up but hard plastics abound." -- Edmunds
  • "Nissan's low-price model of its navi screen was washed-out white, while a lower screen displaying power or mileage data presented bright colors. The effect was as if a kid with little budget and less taste bought whatever was cheap in that month's JC Whitney parts catalog and furnished a car." -- USA Today
  • “Even though the included g-meter is rather gimmicky, the I-CON system is a surprising feature at such a modest price-point, and we dig both its availability and execution." -- Autoblog

Cargo

Offering a meager 10.5 cubic feet with the rear seat up and 35.9 with the rear seat down, the Juke’s cargo hold is one of the smallest available. Despite its petite size and awkward shape that makes loading large items difficult, test drivers say the cargo area is useful, especially if drivers won’t use their Juke for more than trips to the grocery store and weekend getaways.

  • "There's even a useful amount of cargo space without the seat folded (and a surprisingly generous storage bin lurks under the floor of front-drive models just above the donut spare)." -- Autoblog
  • "The angle of the rear window eats into that space, however, precluding loading some larger boxes. All in all, it's a useful cargo area, but small for a crossover." -- MSN

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