2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: Did I Win?

January 26, 2012


So when I last left you, I was about to leave Primm, Nevada for home, on the west side of Los Angeles. Instead of my "get the hell to Vegas as quickly as I can" approach that I used on the first leg of my trip, this time, I'd be in full conservation mode.

Before I left, I engaged ECO (aka SUCK), made sure the Juke was firmly in 2WD and promised to lock the cruise control to the posted speed limit. Unlike the trip to Las Vegas, the majority of the trip home would be downhill. I figured my chances of matching the EPA number of 30 mpg, as well as beating our in house personal best of 28.2 mpg, would be a piece of cake.

A little less than four mind-numbing hours later, I arrived home.

Numbers, along with the name of the lucky reader who guesstimated the closest to the actual MPG, is but a click away.

255.5 miles driven. 9.017 gallons used. 28.335 miles per gallon.

Not even close.

I knew I could beat our in house number, but I thought for sure I could match the EPA's number of 30 mpg. I figured the elevated speeds, a posted 70 mph limit, wouldn't be the most efficient but I thought the 2,000 plus feet of descent would more than cancel out the higher speed. Plus, the winds were light and the roads were empty. How empty? So empty that other than lowering my set speed to 65 mph once I hit the outskirts of Los Angeles, I did not touch the cruise control for four hours. You don't get a better opportunity than that.

So what gives?

Maybe it has to do with the CVT. Maybe is has to do with the frontal area of the Juke - remember, just because it's curvy, doesn't mean it's aerodynamic. Maybe it has to do with the small-ish four cylinder engine running a fair amount of boost even under light loads. Maybe it's all of the above. Whatever it is, I just don't think 30mpg is very realistic. Ever.

PS. Congratulations to elgac! You were 0.135 off my recorded MPG. Scary.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 17,997 miles

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