|Sporty/performance car; Built in Japan|
|Good condition price range: $15,300 – $23,000*|
2011 Nissan Juke Front
2011 Nissan Juke Profile
2011 Nissan Juke Rear
2011 Nissan Juke Interior
Radical styling, a peppy turbocharged powertrain, nimble handling, and available all-wheel drive give Nissan’s Juke a distinct, sporty personality that stands out among similarly-sized subcompact and sporty/performance cars. Those bonuses place Juke on our Recommended list. Despite its SUV-influenced design elements, Juke gives up some practicality in exchange for its expressive attitude in that it’s not as space-efficient as many small hatchbacks. Combined with relatively high prices when new, that makes Juke less compelling than most subcompacts, but likely a good used-car value when compared with many sporty/performance models.
Introduced for 2011, Nissan’s Juke was a new subcompact car from this Japanese automaker, built on the global-B platform. Specifically, Juke was a four-door hatchback with seating for five and boldly aggressive styling that blended sports-car and compact-SUV elements. Three trim levels were offered: base S, mid-level SV, and top-line SL. Each came with either front-wheel drive or Torque Vectoring all-wheel drive. The sole engine was a 188-horsepower, direct-injected, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. All Jukes could have a continuously variable transmission (CVT) that behaved like an automatic. The front-drive SV and SL could be equipped instead with a six-speed manual gearbox. The gearshift lever sat atop a center console, said to be inspired by a motorcycle’s fuel tank. An Integrated Control selector offered three throttle/transmission/steering-response settings: Normal, Sport, and Eco.
Standard safety features included all-disc antilock braking, traction control, an antiskid system, curtain side airbags, and front side airbags. Standard wheels held 17-inch tires. Among the available features were a wireless cell-phone link, keyless access/engine start, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a navigation system. Though its distinctive design almost placed the Juke in a class by itself, it competed against such subcompacts as the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit, Mini Cooper, and Volkswagen GTI.
Except for a couple of minor revisions to option groups, plus new body colors, no significant changes were made to the 2012 Nissan Juke.
The 2013 Nissan Juke lineup saw the addition of a performance-oriented NISMO version. Other Jukes received only minor changes–the SV model’s optional navigation system now included a rear-view camera, a center armrest was added to the options list, and a Midnight Edition appearance package that included black wheels and trim became available.
The 2014 Juke lineup added two new paint colors–the imaginatively named Red Alert and Bordeaux Black. Midyear, a higher-performance NISMO RS model debuted.