Johnny 5 Looking at Me - 2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: Johnny 5 Looking at Me

May 10, 2011

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Hmm...I wonder if the designer of the Juke ever saw the movie Short Circuit? I mean, clearly the odd looking instrument panel hood is an homage to Johnny 5 right? There's already a whole website, why not an instrument cluster?

So back to the Juke. I'm still liking the way it drives. It's quick enough, feels good through fast corners and is generally easy to get along with. I agree with Oldham that it would benefit from a standard automatic transmission. The CVT isn't the worst I've ever experienced, but like all CVTs, it's never really that great either. Too many instances where you want a "downshift" and it just kind of sits there in the wrong ratio.

The seats are surprisingly good too. I haven't done a long trip in it yet, but from my limited seat time they feel well bolstered and nicely shaped. The adjustment controls are easy to use too, a good thing in a car with a manual controls.

Ed Hellwig, Editor @ 5,655 miles

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