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in 2012 Affordable Compact SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $15,684 - $19,221
Original MSRP: $19,990 - $26,080
MPG: 27 City / 32 Hwy
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2012 Nissan Juke Interior

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Given the Juke’s petite size, its interior isn’t as disappointing as it could be. Reviewers say it’s a uniquely-designed cabin, and most drivers will be comfortable in the front seat. However, the back seat is tiny. Squished seating aside, some test drivers also complain that the Juke’s interior is noisy on the highway. Additionally, critics dislike the expanses of hard plastic used in the Juke’s interior. Still, the Juke’s long list of standard features make it a compelling choice among affordable small cars.

  • "It's a little noisy on the highway." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Juke's interior styling is as bold as its exterior, though some cost cutting is evident. The headliner is budget grade, and some plastics are lackluster. However, some satin-finish trim and the high-gloss console and door trim add visual interest." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The interior combines high-grade printed fabrics with the ignominious plastics of Wal-Mart lawn chairs." -- The Wall Street Journal 
  • "In fact, there's little we don't like about the Juke's interior." -- Autoblog
  • "Though plenty of hard plastic surfaces line the Juke's cabin, a few colorful details enliven what could have been an otherwise ordinary space." -- Popular Mechanics

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Seating

The Nissan Juke seats five, but only the driver and front-seat passenger will be comfortable. The front seats are well bolstered, but some reviewers note that tall drivers may want more headroom. Additionally, the Juke lacks a telescopic steering wheel, which could make it difficult to find a good driving position.

The Juke’s exterior styling makes the back seat uncomfortable as well. The roof is low and legroom is tight. Also, getting out of the back seat is hard due to the Juke’s rear-wheel arches.

  • "Tight back seat." -- Car and Driver 
  • "Some drivers also complain about not being able to get comfortable due to the pedals being too close and the steering wheel too far away. A telescopic steering wheel would help, but this feature is unavailable." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The tiny rear seats would decapitate yard gnomes." -- The Wall Street Journal 
  • "The Juke's firm front bucket seats offer good lower back and thigh support, and look particularly inviting when covered in leather." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The backseat folds flat, usefully extending the high-bustle rear end's cargo volume. 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." -- MSN

Interior Features

The 2012 Nissan Juke’s clearly-marked gauges and straightforward controls earn high marks from reviewers. Additionally, the base model comes with a long list of standard features that includes Bluetooth, power windows and door locks, steering-wheel mounted cruise control and a tilt steering column. Navigation, satellite radio-based traffic updates, a rearview camera and push-button start are optional, but not on the base trim. Most reviewers didn’t critique the navigation package, but a few say its display is sometimes washed out by sunlight.

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.  

  • "Backlit gauges are clearly marked and unobstructed. Stereo and climate controls are easily accessible." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Our one gripe with the Juke's layout pertains to the USB port at the front of the center console. When connected, an iPod or similar device sits on a shallow-edge shelf where it can easily slide off during a sharp turn and is clearly visible to prying eyes." -- 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
  • “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, some 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. Small-item storage is also minimal, as the Juke lacks an armrest/storage bin in its center console.

  • "Small cargo area." -- Car and Driver 
  • "We wish for a covered storage bin/armrest in place of the small open tray at the rear of the console. The leading edge of the console has a handy tray with a grippy rubberized surface that's intended for stowing a cell phone or MP3 player." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Don't look for much in the way of cargo space because with only 10.5 cubic feet, there isn't much. Of course, if the ride includes just you and one other person, the 60/40 split-folding rear seats can be laid flat to create 35 cubic feet of space, more than enough to fit all of your toys." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "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
  • "Ask yourself why you'd bother with a tiny utility vehicle that only has 36 cubic feet of cargo space in the first place. A Versa holds 50 cubic feet, while the refrigerator-box Cube offers a maximum of 58 cubic feet. Maybe the answer is that you don't actually need more." -- Edmunds
  • "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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