2011 Nissan Juke

The 2011 Nissan Juke is yet another excellent product from the automobile giant Nissan. Much has been said about this subcompact hatchback. And most of it is focused on its unique looks. In fact, many have described this model as a sort of bionic frog.

There are a lot of features to love in this model. For instance, a great number of satisfied customers love its regard for comfort and efficiency with its comfortable front seats and all-wheel drive. In the same manner, its excellent performance and sporty handling are also a great hit among many users and reviewers.

On the other hand, some customers are dissatisfied with the styling of this model which seems to be polarized. Reviewers and users also find the head room in the rear seat to be limited and hard plastic seems to be too much in the cabin.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Compact Hatchback Base Price: $19,570.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gallons (49 liters) Miles Per Gallon: 27 city / 32 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 162.4 in. (412.5 cm) Width: 69.5 in. (176.5 cm)
Height: 61.8 in. (156.9 cm) Wheel Base: 99.6 in. (252.9 cm)
Curb Weight: 2959 lbs (1342 kg) Ground Clearance: 7 in. (17.7 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 10.5 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGâ„¢) DOHC 16-valve turbocharged 4-cylinder Displacement: 1.6 liter
Horsepower: 188 HP Max RPM: 5600 RPM
Torque: 177 lb-ft @ 2000-5000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed CVT
0-60 mph: 7.4 seconds 1/4 Mile: NA seconds
Available Trims & Engine
Option:SV FWD MSRP: $21,380; MPG: 27 city / 32 hwy
Option:SL FWD MSRP: $23,700; MPG: 27 city / 32 hwy
Option:SV 4WD MSRP: $22,880; MPG: 25 city / 30 hwy
Option:SL 4WD MSRP: $25,200; MPG: 25 city / 30 hwy

Performance

Under the hood, you will find that the Nissan Juke is fully equipped with a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine that is actually turbocharged. It can give you as much as 188 horsepower and 177 pound-ft of torque. In fact, a lot of reviewers and customers like the performance of this baby. It is way better than the Mini Cooper but almost at par with the Volkswagen GTI. These models are the competitors of the 2011 model of the Nissan Juke when it comes to handling and performance. Needless to say, this model is really powerful. However, when it comes to fuel economy, the Juke falls short of expectations.

Exterior & Interior

And in terms of the exterior, one thing is for sure: you will definitely get second looks if not stares when you drive this model out on the road. Well, it can really be odd-looking. Some users and reviewers say that in time, the look will grow on you. But others say that the Juke looks ugly.

Originally, the manufacturers want the look to be similar to that of a crocodile which is sitting just below the water’s surface while its eyes are peeking. While it is still uncertain if this has been achieved, its flared fenders do make it look hippy.

As for the interior, the styling is a bit tamer compared to the exterior. But it is definitely packed with a lot of technological features. For instance, there is a standard Bluetooth connectivity which can be used as an optional navigation system as well as an iPod interface.

It has a seating capacity for five people. However you will find the headroom to be a bit limited. The roof is also low. The cargo area is also among the smallest ones available. In the same manner, the steering wheel, although covered with leather, still does not have a tilt and telescopic feature. But the front seats are bolstered.

Safety & Reliability

Since the Nissan Juke has just been released to the market, the federal government and insurance industry has yet to conduct their safety tests for it. However, even without the results, you can still be assured of your safety when using this model because of its standard safety features.

For instance, there are six airbags available as a standard. There are two dual-stage supplemental side-impact as well as front air bags. In the same manner, there are driver and front-passenger side-impact air bags as well as roof-mounted curtain side-impact air bags. This model also comes with a Traction Control System as well as an Anti-lock Braking system.

Finally, when it comes to reliability, this model just got a total of 6.0 in a total of 10 in the Predicted Reliability rating administered by the J.D. Power. It also comes with a basic warranty of 36,000 miles or3 years as well as a 60,000-mile or 5-year power-train warranty. In the same manner, the 2011 Nissan Juke also has a 5-year corrosion coverage with no mileage restriction.

Overall Rating
66 out of 100

What others say:

“The 2011 Nissan Juke is fun to drive, pleasant, and well-equipped. You’ll buy it despite the lousy gas mileage and because of—or despite—its unique looks.”Car Connection

“Thanks in part to a fairly wide track (distance between wheels on the same axle) and standard 17-inch tires, all Jukes have sporty, nimble moves.”Consumer Guide

“Lively performance; sporty handling; comfortable front seats; available all-wheel drive.”Edmunds