Is This Really Necessary? - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Is This Really Necessary?

November 03, 2011

DSC00096.JPG Monticello may think the hazard button that's smack-dab in the middle of the Juke's dash is well-paced. But it bothers the heck out of me every time I drive the thing. Seems like such an odd place to put it, and aesthetically it sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb.

Sure, the cute ute's cockpit is tight on space. But couldn't Nissan have put in lower in the dash, say, where the poorly placed USB port is located? (Sorry, Ed, but I'd prefer to see it in the center console, where I can more easily store my iPhone in the cubby at the back or in one of the cup holders -- and not in that silly slot at the front, where the device can easily slide into the foot well.)

And if you have to live with that eyesore in the center of the dash, I can think of a couple of things that would be a better and more practical fit for the space.

The Juke's Rockford Fosgate system could use a center-channel speaker.


Or even an analog clock would be better in the space.

juke clock.jpg

Doug Newcomb, Senior Editor, Technology

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