Say Thanks to the Box - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Say Thanks to the Box

March 01, 2011

2005 Scion xB Series 2 by Toyota.jpg

Probably we should say thanks to the Box.

If you’re wondering where the Nissan Juke came from, look no further than the original Scion xB. The counterculture Toyota broke the mold of conventional automotive styling -- you know, the one that old designers use to bash the proposals of young designers until they fall in line.

Old designers hate it when someone reshapes the mold. It makes them run around with their hands in the air like old grannies, wailing about the impending decline of Western Civilization.

Once the mold has been broken, it’s finally okay for a young designer to make a car look exotic. That’s what the Scion xB really was — exotic. And that’s what cars like the Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, Mini, Smart Fortwo and the Juke want to be. They each succeed or fail on their own merits, but it’s really about being experimental, and it’s not about being cute or retro or like that.

The look of the Nissan Juke is totally not for me. It makes me want to run around wailing with my hands in the hair like an old grannie myself. But I like the way it’s pressing forward, something that too few cars do these days.

Meanwhile, Scion is sitting around, wondering which way everybody went. Wherever it is that things are happening in car culture, Scion is far away. It’s just too bad that the cars that original Scion xB made possible are all at other car companies.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, @ 2,264 miles

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