2011 Nissan Juke Overview
The all-new 2011 Nissan Juke is the latest model to debut from the Japanese car maker and it becomes the smallest crossover in Nissan’s lineup. It competes against other mini-crossovers like the Kia Soul and Scion xB.
Power comes from a 180-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with 170 pounds-feet of torque, which is a lot of push for a small car. The 2011 Juke comes with a continuously variable transmission standard and a six-speed manual as an option (on SV and SL trims equipped with front-wheel drive). An all-wheel drive system is also available. The Juke is outfitted with Nissan’s Integrated Control (I-CON) system, which allows the driver to select between three driving modes: Normal, Sport, and Eco. The I-CON system changes the throttle response and steering based on which mode of driving is currently engaged. Fuel economy estimates for the Nissan Juke are 24-27 mpg in the city and 30-32 mpg on the highway, depending on choice of transmission and use of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
The most distinctive aspect of the 2011 Juke is definitely its styling. It looks like nothing else ever put on the road by Nissan, or anyone else for that matter. With a super wide black grille, stacked lights, and a pair of circular lamps that flank the grille over the frowning bumper, the Juke has an extremely distinct profile. The greenhouse tapers down sharply once you get over the windshield giving the Juke a forward leaning appearance. Large 17-inch wheels fill out the ballooning fender arches.
Unique styling makes its way to the interior as well. Motorcycle influence can be found on the painted center console, which looks similar to a gas tank, and on the instrument gauges behind the three-spoke steering wheel. The Juke comes with seating for up to five passengers, and the rear seat splits 60/40 and folds for extra cargo space when needed.
The 2011 Juke is also outfitted with a generous amount of standard features, including iPod and Bluetooth® connectivity, air conditioning, keyless entry, and an auxiliary input jack. The mid-tier SV trim adds push button start, power moon roof, and the I-CON driving system. Opting for the top-tier SL trim ups the ante even further, with leather seats, navigation system with touch-screen monitor and RearView camera, and an upgraded stereo with USB connection.
Nissan’s advanced air bag system, including side-curtain and side-impact airbags, helps keep you safe in the event of a collision, while a traction control system, antilock brakes, and electronic stability system help to keep you out of one.
The 2011 Nissan Juke debuts with unique styling inside and out along with plenty of pep under the bonnet, and a host of premium technological features at a low sticker price.