2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Stick Action
December 05, 2011
As has been stated before, the Nissan Juke is a pretty entertaining little vehicle to drive. Truly capable handling via stiff suspension, decent grip from the tires and perky turbo power from the little four-cylinder.
But while I enjoyed my time zinging around in the Juke this past weekend, more than once I found myself wondering: "How good would this thing be with a six-speed manual?"
Unfortunately our all-wheel-drive model can only be had with the continuously variable transmission. In truth it's not bad as far as CVTs go. At least it has a simulated manual shift mode, and it blips the throttle for smooth downshifts. But the lack of a clutch pedal and The Rubberband Effect make it far less engaging than a proper stick.
To me, the Juke's fun-loving nature makes it one of those vehicles that begs to have a manual transmission.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 16,309 miles.