Dog Is My Copilot - 2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: Dog Is My Copilot

October 11, 2011

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I fired the gardener. As a result, my lawn was becoming over grown and the yard just looked terrible. I had no gardening implements other than a rake, so I resorted to borrowing a push mower and trimmer from a coworker.

When I picked up the gear, I did so in our Fotovan. Plenty of room to swallow up the gear with my dog comfortably resting in the second row. But when I returned it, I was in the Juke. With the dog. Yikes.

cargo_mower.jpg The Juke is small, but I don't think anyone had airs about the dimensions of the vehicle. I folded down the second row and moved my dog to the front seat (safely secured) lest he get tangled/chopped in the mower. The mower barely fit, but barely is just enough to get the job done.

While I dig driving the Juke, this kind of situation does illustrate why it couldn't be an SUV for me. I do stuff that requires more space than I get in the Juke. 10.5 square feet with the seats in place and 35.9 with the second row folded is shy of my personal mark. In this price range, I think I'd look to a Sorento, a RAV4 or a CR-V. All have a cargo capacity (seats in place) that is nearly equal to the maximum capacity of the Juke.

The Juke is a blast to drive. But for me, I'd want an SUV not only for it's fun nature, but also for capacity to carry in additional to a number of other qualities. Barely enough, in this instance, is not enough.

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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