Used Car: 2012 Nissan Juke Review
The 2012 Nissan Juke is fun to drive and has a good safety score, but a small cabin and cargo hold may limit its appeal.
The Juke received generally high marks for its performance, and reviewers gave it more praise for its power and handling prowess than most compact SUVs typically receive. Most agreed that the standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes the Juke feel fast, although one test driver wrote that the available continuously variable transmission detracts from the Juke’s fun factor. A six-speed manual is also available. The Juke is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. Overall, reviewers thought the Juke handles very well, with accurate steering and controlled body motions through turns. One critic did note that the Juke’s sport-tuned suspension makes the ride over rough pavement somewhat harsh. The Juke achieves up to 27/32 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. The Juke has a below-average reliability score for the class.
Most test drivers noted that the Juke’s cabin features an abundance of hard plastics, though some said that some colorful trim bits make the cabin appear less dull. Additionally, some reviewers complained about the Juke’s cramped back seat, as well as a lack of headroom up front for taller drivers. However, a couple test drivers also wrote that the front bucket seats are supportive, and offer good bolstering. Cloth seats are standard, and heated front seats and leather upholstery are available. Standard equipment includes a six-speaker stereo, auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth. Available features include a sunroof, navigation, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, push-button start, satellite radio, a backup camera and a USB port. With the rear seats folded, the Juke can hold up to 35.9 cubic feet of cargo, which is very low for the class.
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers said the Mazda CX-7 is one of the more fun-to-drive SUVs in the class, with strong engines and agile handling. The CX-7 also has a more spacious cabin with more cargo space.
Critics praised the Mini Cooper Countryman for its composed handling, as well as the power from its available turbocharged engines. Although it only seats four, the Countryman offers more overall cargo space than the Juke.