January 09, 2012
Sunday morning at 5:00 a.m. I parked the Juke back in the Edmunds' test garage and caught a cab to LAX, headed for the Monday's Detroit auto show.
How many Juke's might I see in the Motor City? My guess is two or less. And one will be on the auto show floor.
Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 17,378 miles
January 05, 2012
"I told you I am seeing more women driving these in L.A. I am a woman now," my kid brother IM'd me about his 2011 Nissan Juke. I told him that he was probably just noticing the women more than the men, especially since the Juke is actually marketed to younger males like him.
"No, I always look to see who is driving when I see one. There aren't that many," he replied. So I decided to do a little research. I mean, could he be right that there are more women than men who buy the Juke? Not that that would be so terrible.
But sure enough, I was right. ::Doing Told You So dance:: Last year, Nissan reported that Juke owners tend to be men...of the 59+ persuasion. What did bro say when I showed him that press release? "I knew I should have got the white one to match my iPhone."
-- Are you male?
-- Are you in your 30s?
-- Do you lead an active, sporty lifestyle?
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
December 29, 2011
Since I was the one who took in our Juke for its 15,000-mile service and a satellite radio repair in November, I also was the one who got the customer satisfaction survey from Nissan North America. It arrived Tuesday.
The dealership itself had already called me to make sure everything was OK, but (not surprisingly) Nissan corporate is not just taking a dealership's word for how customers feel they're being treated. To that point, Nissan mails you a paper survey, but asks that you complete it online. I did, giving the service department at Hooman Nissan high marks.
The paper survey also implores the consumer, "Please do not return the survey to your Dealership." I guess a misdirected survey full of "Unacceptable" ratings could find its way into a trash can at an underperforming dealership.
December 14, 2011
I know, I know, the Nissan Juke-R isn't our long-termer (sigh) but if I was the owner of a 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD, I'd be all about the GT-R'd crossover and hearing and seeing news on it. I know my brother, a Juke owner, is obsessed with the high-performance version of his daily driver.
Nissan came out with a bunch of videos detailing the development of the Juke-R. The most thrilling one I've seen is the one which includes the car's exhaust note. Squeee! Hit the jump for that video (exhaust note is at the 0:48 mark) as well as video on the Juke-R hitting the track (exhaust note at 1:35).
December 12, 2011
This weekend our long-term Juke survived a bird strike. The bird? Not so much.
It was on the 105 Freeway westbound, not far from LAX. About 75 mph. A bird swooped down in the Juke's path, hit the car's grille with a thud, grazed its hood and then bounced up and skimmed the top of the Nissan's windshield. I looked in the rearview mirror just in time to see the car behind us drive through a cloud of flying feathers.
It could only be classified as a direct hit. The thud was so loud it caused my kids in the back seat to look up from their video games and ask me what had just happened. "Nothing," I said.
No real harm to the Juke, just some down stuck in its grille. Sorry bird.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 16,506 miles
December 08, 2011
While I was walking in Japan's Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood (which, if you haven't been there, is just what you imagine Tokyo to be like -- lots of people, high-rise department stores, ramen diners, pachinko bars, love hotels) at night last week, I saw three red Nissan Jukes in a 15-minute span.
One of them was driven by a 30-ish woman who was semi-aggressively trying to negotiate a gap in pedestrian traffic with her Juke. I couldn't hear if hers was a turbo; Nissan also sells a naturally-aspirated version of the 1.6-liter in Japan. But she was certainly making use of the Juke's tidy dimensions (well, it's not that small by Japan's standards, but still) and sharp handling to get through traffic.
We've enjoyed using our long-term Juke in city traffic, too. Los Angeles is a different kind of city than Tokyo, but evidently, this very compact crossover is more cosmopolitan than I'd realized.
Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,323 miles
December 07, 2011
As I walked down to the garage last night to drive the revised 2012 Kia Soul home, I found this sight. "Man, the Soul looks bigger than the Juke," I said to myself. "Yet, the Juke is considered to be an SUVish thing whereas the Soul is considered a hatchbacky Scion competitor. Oh look a penny!"
It had been hard to think of competitors for the Juke given its size and price, but I think I stumbled upon one last night in the Soul. Follow me for some excellent table-age.
Now, for the purposes of this comparison, let's use a front-wheel-drive Juke since the Soul cannot match our long termer's all-wheel drive. Maybe it should, but it doesn't, and consider that a point for Mr. Toad's Mutant Ride.
I also used the top of the line models of both, though the Soul's price advantage is more evident in its base form (prices and standard features below are indicative of the base Soul with an automatic transmission).
November 22, 2011
Check out what me and our 2011 Nissan Juke spotted on the way to work this morning. A Veloster jacked up on monster truck tires.
Actually it's the Local Motors Rally Fighter, which I didn't know when I shot the photo but when I showed the picture to the boys in the office...well, I never heard such giddy screaming. Editor Takahashi called it the "automotive version of Nutella."
Anyway, you hate on the Juke's looks. What do you think of the Rally Fighter's?
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 15,979 miles
November 16, 2011
I checked in with my brother, an owner of the 2011 Nissan Juke SL, to see if he was still happy with his car purchase. First words he IM'd me? "Yeah, they already are talking about the new Juke-R and it's pissing me off."
OK, he was half kidding about that but he was irritated how fast things get updated and a la Apple products you're left feeling like your car is already out of date. Since tech-savvy bro is one of those types who suffer from gadget-lust, always wanting the newest technology, he's sensitive to this more than most people. "I wish this car could morph into the next model...every year," he went on.
But how awesome would that be if you could update your car as easily as you could update the software in your iPhone or an online video game? (Reflashing aside, which requires a pro to do it.) Maybe one day. As it is, my brother's suggestion for the next Juke remodel? "I wish they put the car driving modes on the wheel so it would be more like playing video games. It sucks to have to look to push for Sport or Normal, but I've gotten used to it."
Judging by the 18.5 mpg his car is getting (EPA average is 27, Edmunds averages 22.3), sounds like he's driving it like he's in a video game. "I've been driving mostly in Sport mode. Only way to get through these streets!"
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor
November 16, 2011
There are two gorgeous auto-related artifacts at the design show, "Living in a Modern Way," at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: A 1936 Airstream Clipper trailer and a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. I want them both.
The work of art that caught our eye at the museum last weekend, however, wasn't a car image per se. It was an element of a bronze sculpture installation, "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. But if you look at our Juke from a certain angle, you can see a certain resemblance (hit the jump for the reveal).