How About a Gamer's Version? - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: How About a Gamer's Version?

November 16, 2011


I checked in with my brother, an owner of the 2011 Nissan Juke SL, to see if he was still happy with his car purchase. First words he IM'd me? "Yeah, they already are talking about the new Juke-R and it's pissing me off."

OK, he was half kidding about that but he was irritated how fast things get updated and a la Apple products you're left feeling like your car is already out of date. Since tech-savvy bro is one of those types who suffer from gadget-lust, always wanting the newest technology, he's sensitive to this more than most people. "I wish this car could morph into the next model...every year," he went on.

But how awesome would that be if you could update your car as easily as you could update the software in your iPhone or an online video game? (Reflashing aside, which requires a pro to do it.) Maybe one day. As it is, my brother's suggestion for the next Juke remodel? "I wish they put the car driving modes on the wheel so it would be more like playing video games. It sucks to have to look to push for Sport or Normal, but I've gotten used to it."

Judging by the 18.5 mpg his car is getting (EPA average is 27, Edmunds averages 22.3), sounds like he's driving it like he's in a video game. "I've been driving mostly in Sport mode. Only way to get through these streets!"

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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