2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: Mister Fuel Economy

January 23, 2012


That's not my name.

I drive to get from point A to point B. And when Point B happens to be work related and also happens to be located on the other end of 280 plus miles of Interstate, I do my damndest to get there as quickly as possible. So with the Juke packed with gear, I rolled out of the local gas station and hit the road.

On a round trip to and from Las Vegas, the outbound leg out of Los Angeles is not going to deliver the best fuel economy. Just climbing over the Cajon Pass (3,800 feet) causes big-block levels of fuel consumption, not to mention the Halloran Summit, the usual swirling winds and elevated speeds you encounter on the 15.

That being said, I still got all scientific and stuff with the fuel mileage just to see how the Juke would fair under these conditions. Click on through for the numbers.

My first tank took me from the Westside of LA to Baker; home to a Greek restaurant, a bunch of gas stations and a tall thermometer.

198.6 miles driven. 8.979 gallons of fuel used. 22.118 miles per gallon.

The second leg took me from Baker to Las Vegas, around Las Vegas and then back to Primm, where I gassed up before my trip home.

142.5 miles driven. 6.528 gallons of fuel used. 21.829 miles per gallon.

Hardly stellar, but these were not ideal conditions for maximum economy. It should be noted that I did this driving in 2WD with Sport mode engaged.

Riveting, I know, but this is the part where you come in. On the drive back I was asked to try and maximize the mileage from the Juke. No high speeds, no Sport mode, no AWD and no traffic. Any guesses as to what I managed to wring out from our Juke? Do you think I managed to meet the EPA numbers?

Stay tuned.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 17,742 miles

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