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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Is That a Kia?

June 14, 2011

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So I brought the Nissan Juke to the neighborhood and the guy up the street who knows a little something about cars asks me, "Is that a Kia?"

This is no diss to the wacky guys at Nissan who designed the Juke (if indeed their design studio is even on this planet). As much as we make jokes about the Juke's cartoon-like resemblance to an atomic frog, we all like it.

Instead it's a surprising recognition that it is Kia and Hyundai that have become known for design experimentation, not the Japanese labels. Just think of the way the car world has changed so that Kia would come up in a casual discussion about car design with an everyday American.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com

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