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MSRP: $19,170 - $28,120
Invoice: $18,480 - $26,938
MPG: 27 City / 32 Hwy
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Nissan Juke Interior

Reviewers generally like the 2014 Nissan Juke’s cabin for its innovative design and sporty styling, but a few critics say that the sheer number of different surfaces can make the design feel incoherent. Others note that the use of hard plastic materials makes the cabin feel cheap. Test drivers agree that the front seats offer adequate space, but a low roofline leaves little headroom in the back seat, which is already cramped, they say. Test drivers note that audio and climate controls are generally accessible and intuitive, the navigation system is hi-tech and a premium audio package adds great sound. Though one reviewer points out that the Juke has sufficient room for gear, it has a small amount of cargo space for the class. Another reviewer says that the interior lacks storage compartments for small items.

  • "Downsides include limited rear seat headroom - blame the rakish roofline - and a small cargo area." -- Left Lane News
  • “The modifications are welcome, but they don't mask the innate disjointedness of the JUKE's dashboard layout, and they don't help the hard plastics used on the dash and door panels feel any less thin or cheap. The numerous information screens are all small by 2013 standards, and the whole cabin feels like it was designed in pieces, not as a whole.” -- AutoTrader
  • "If you're into cutting-edge interior styling, the 2013 Nissan Juke SUV is the poster child for the compact SUV segment. From its molded plastic center console that mimics a motorcycle's fuel tank to the multifunction ventilation controls that, with a push of a button, change to become the Sport/Normal/Eco mode throttle controls, the Juke's interior is a visual smorgasbord." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

The Nissan Juke seats five and comes standard with a manually-adjustable driver seat and a tilt steering wheel. Options include heated front seats, sport bucket front seats, faux-suede seat trim, leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Reviewers say the Juke’s front seats are adequately comfortable and supportive and visibility is good. Test drivers report that the rear seats are cramped and lack headroom due to the low roofline. Some are disappointed in the lack of a telescoping steering wheel, saying it can be hard to find a good driving position.

  • "It is none too spacious, either, with even average-sized rear passengers hitting their heads on the black headliner." -- AutoTrader
  • "Front-seat space is adequate for most adults, though very tall occupants might feel cramped. The sunroof's housing cuts slightly into headroom, and knee room on the passenger side is stingy." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The front seats are comfortable, with substantial side bolsters well suited to enthusiastic driving. A steering wheel that tilts but doesn't telescope may make it harder for some drivers to get comfortable, though. A shortage of headroom makes the rear seats best for shorter adults and kids." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "The Nissan Juke's raised driving position, oversized side mirrors and good driver sightlines make it easy to maneuver in all but the tightest confines." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Juke comes standard with a six-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary input, an iPod interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, keyless entry, a security system and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Optional features include a USB port, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, a touch-screen navigation system, push-button start, a moonroof and a rearview camera.

Reviewers say that the Juke’s audio and climate controls are well-organized and simple to use thanks to oversized knobs. Test drivers say the optional navigation system is hi-tech and the premium audio package offers great sound.

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  • "Backlit gauges are clearly marked and unobstructed. Stereo and climate controls are easily accessible.” -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "To its credit, the Juke's controls are large and easy to navigate, and the cabin features lots of thoughtful storage compartments." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • “Cutting-edge audio, navigation and communication options are a welcome bonus." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "The optional upgraded stereo sounds nice, with a thumping, powered Rockford-Fosgate subwoofer in the trunk. Nissan's navigation system works well, too." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)

Cargo

The Nissan Juke has 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use and 35.9 cubic feet with the seats folded. That’s poor for the class, with many rivals offering twice the amount of space. Reviewers are disappointed with the small size of the cargo bay, saying it practically defeats the purpose of buying a crossover. One reviewer points out that though rivals have more space, the overall cargo room in the Juke is sufficient. Another test driver notes that the Juke lacks interior storage compartments for small items.

  • "And a distinct shortage of cargo space hampers this little crossover's utility, which, let's face it, is half the reason to get a crossover over a sedan." -- AutoTrader
  • "To put these numbers in perspective, the Scion xB's cargo capacity numbers are 21 and 70 cubic feet respectively." -- Edmunds (2013)
  • "Don't look for much in the way of cargo space because with only 10.5 cubic feet, there isn't much. However, folding the rear seats flat creates 35 cubic feet of space, more than enough to fit all of your toys." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)
  • "Small-items storage is subpar; there are no cupholders in the rear-seat area, only a bottle holder in each rear door." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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