2011 Nissan Juke: Highway Driving Quality
October 24, 2011
I've done a couple four-hour drives in our Juke. Most of it was highway driving. Following are some observations on how the Juke does on long distances.
On the positive side, the turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and CVT are pretty responsive. It's easy to pass or climb steep grades. The Juke also rides pretty well even though its suspension is tuned to be fairly sporty.
However, I've noticed that wind noise can be distracting. The major culprit seems to be the Juke's big side mirrors that push a lot of air. Then again, our as-tested decibel reading for our Juke at a steady 70 mph is 65.8 db. Our Mazda 2, which is also pretty loud, checked in with 77.1 db. The Fiat 500 is 72.5 db. So maybe I'm just imagining it. The other issues I've noticed are mediocre fuel range (the longest we've ever gone on a tank of fuel is 270 miles, but low 200s is more typical) and iffy comfort at times due to the non-telescoping steering wheel and sun visors.
It's all pretty minor. I wouldn't have a problem taking our Juke cross-country. But it also seems to me that the Juke is best suited for urban driving.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,587 miles