- Small, sporty crossover
- Turbocharged, 188-hp four-cylinder engine
- Bold styling inside and out
Though it’s been on the road for several years now, the 2014 Nissan Juke still turns heads with its quirky, bold styling.
With its swept back headlight fixtures over large circular lamps up front, muscled fenders, and squat stance, the Juke is unquestionably one of the most uniquely styled vehicles on the road today. It is also one of the smallest crossovers as well, sitting on a 99.6 inch wheelbase with short front and rear overhangs hint at its sporty nature. Large 17-inch aluminum wheels fill the fenders. Although it looks like a two-door, the Juke actually has four-doors; the door handles for the rear doors are hidden up in the black plastic behind the rear window.
Under the hood is a peppy, 188-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 177 pounds-feet of torque. A CVT is standard (par for the course with Nissan), while a six-speed manual is optional for those who prefer to row their own gears. An all-wheel drive system which can split power evenly between the front and rear wheels (or side to side during cornering) is optional and only offered with the CVT.
Fuel economy checks in at 27/32 mpg city/highway in the most fuel efficient configuration (CVT and front-wheel drive). Opting for AWD drops those numbers to 25/30, while the six-speed manual returns 25/31 mpg city/highway.
Nissan says the Juke’s interior styling, which is just as different and bold as the exterior, is based on a motorcycle. The sunken instrument panel, circular air vents, one-piece dashboard a body colored trim piece between the seats that houses the cup holders and storage compartments all hint at two-wheeled inspiration. Standard features include a 60/40-split folding rear seat, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning, and cruise control. Optional are push button start, automatic climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, backup camera, and a navigation system.
The 2014 Juke performed well in crash tests, getting four out of five overall stars from the NHTSA. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, front side-impact and side curtain airbags, electronic stability system, and active front head restraints.