I Shouldn't Like It But I Do - 2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: I Shouldn't Like It But I Do

October 19, 2011

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It's styled for styling's sake. It's ugly. Its luggage area is small. There's not a whole lot of rear leg room. It's related to the Cube and Versa. Its fuel economy is nothing special. It has a CVT paired to a turbocharged engine. It's kind of expensive. It rhymes with "puke."

By most measures, I shouldn't like our Juke. But I do. I like it a lot more than our Mini Cooper Countryman and worlds more than our Outlander Sport. It's hard to say why. In many ways the Juke is like a baby Infiniti FX or BMW X6, two compromised vehicles I've never had much affinity for. But the Juke is just fun. I like getting in it every day and driving it. It's nimble around town. Its suspension soaks up broken pavement. It squirts through traffic. It's anything but anonymous. Other people find it interesting.

Whereas most cars today are designed for everybody, the Juke is a genuine rebel. And it doesn't suck.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor


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