Just Say No To Eco - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Just Say No To Eco

March 07, 2011

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At one point during the weekend, I inadvertently pressed the Eco button in our longterm 2011 Nissan Juke. My life sucked for 21.3 seconds.

Until I realized my folly, the Juke was a slug -- in Eco mode the Juke stubbornly refuses to move until the throttle is practically pinned. Ugh.

They should rename it "Suck". Does anyone actually use the Eco mode of the sundry vehicles thusly equipped? Do these people hate their lives?

On a somewhat unrelated front, I got to thinking that the Juke's puny 1.6 turbo mill would play nicely in, say, a small, mid-engined sports car. It's got to be a featherweight thing, and the transverse layout means the engine (and 6-speed manual, of course) could just be slapped directly into such a car as-is. Okay, sure, throw in a twin-scroll turbo and a little extra pep. I won't complain.

Yeah, maybe I've got too much Alfa Romeo 4C on the brain since I returned from the Geneva show...

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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