2014 Nissan JUKE

Pros: Available all-wheel drive; one-of-a-kind characteristics; high ride height means easier entry/exit and better rough-terrain tractability than sporty small cars

Cons: Polarizing styling; disappointingly tight back-seat space; less cargo versatility than one might expect; engine noise; relatively stiff ride

CG Says: Nissan literature refers to Juke as a “rebel” intent on “breaking barriers.” In that regard, it succeeds. Aggressive styling, a peppy turbocharged engine, athletic handling, and available all-wheel drive give Juke a sporty and distinct personality. Subcompact shoppers may find Juke too pricey (the SV and NISMO start in the mid-$20K range), and SUV buyers will likely be turned off by the cramped rear seating and the paucity of cargo space. Yet Juke may appeal to those who are looking for a unique sporty/performance car with loads of character. Nissan introduced the sporty Juke NISMO in the spring of 2013, but as a 2013 model. There is nothing new for model-year 2014 except for new paint colors–the imaginatively named Red Alert and Bordeaux Black.

2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO
2014 Nissan JUKE NISMO