2015 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: For 2015, the Nissan Juke gets a minor facelift that includes revised front and rear fasciae and new headlights and taillights, both with LED accents. The standard-equipment list is expanded to include keyless entry and starting, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and NissanConnectSM with Mobile Apps. The base NISMO models now make do with the base 188-horsepower engine, but the NISMO RS (a mid-2014 addition to the line) gets an upgraded engine with 215 hp with front-wheel drive or 211 with all-wheel drive. 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 SL and NISMO models 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.

The Facts
Class Subcompact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Nissan
Nation of Manufacture Japan
Base Prices S: $20,250
AWD S: $22,100
SV: $22,300
AWD SV: $24,150
SL: $25,240
AWD SL: $26,940
NISMO: $24,830
AWD NISMO: $27,230
NISMO RS: $28,020
AWD NISMO RS: $30,020

Base Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
188
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-34

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
215 (FWD NISMO RS) or 211 (AWD NISMO RS)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual (FWD NISMO RS)
Avail. Transmission
CVT (AWD NISMO RS)
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-31

2015 Nissan JUKE NISMO RS (European specification shown)
2015 Nissan Juke NISMO RS