2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Rush Hour Tamer
October 28, 2011
A couple of nights ago I was tasked with having to drive to Placentia in Orange County, some 46 miles and five different freeways away. Might not be a big deal to most but it's a downright PITA when you have to do the drive during rush hour at night, when I swear Angeleno drivers just go on auto-pilot.
When the sign-up car list came my way and I saw that the 2011 Nissan Juke was available, I didn't hesitate to claim it. With its sharp handling, turbocharged engine and automanual shifting, I knew it would make the black-and-red snake of death (aka stopped traffic as depicted on Google Maps) bearable. And I was right. Five freeways? No problem. I especially love using the automanual during stop-and-go traffic.
That wind noise that editor Brent Romans mentioned in his post wasn't that much of an issue to me since I just happily tuned into my fave satellite radio stations.
And another great way to pass the time during stopped traffic? Returning calls via Bluetooth. Loved being able to catch up with my family which helped me not sweat the wall of red taillights so much.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor