The BMW X6 Connection - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: The BMW X6 Connection

June 13, 2011

2011_nissan_juke_f34_lt_127111_815.jpgBrought the Nissan Juke home this weekend because the son of a friend of mine is thinking about one.

Predictably a big hit. Looks great. Drives better than any other small thing from Nissan. And it is so the opposite of what the Honda CR-V is about.

But it makes me wonder why it’s okay to like the Juke – which is basically a sport-ute slimmed down to a coupe-style package — and yet we fear and despise grow-up Jukes like the Acura ZDX and BMW X6?


It’s as if the word “sport-utility” triggers associations with massive Suburbans of the distant past, packed to the roof with seven people and all the paraphernalia of a summer vacation, plus pulling a boat besides.

What is the obsession we have with the back seat – a place where no one wants to sit no matter how big it is? After all, does anyone wring their hands over a coupe like the Dodge Challenger, which is as big as a school bus but can’t really carry anyone in the back seat whose age exceeds their hat size?

Can a crossover utility vehicle be about all-wheel drive, enhanced cargo utility and useful towing capacity without having a back seat? Can it be about grown-ups instead of a family vacation to grandma’s? Can it be about combining sporting driving enjoyment with utility features rather than just rear-seat headroom?

The Nissan Juke tells us that it can.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, @ 6,677 miles

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