2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: The BMW X6 Connection
June 13, 2011
Brought 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 its 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?
Its 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 cant 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 grandmas? 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, Edmunds.com @ 6,677 miles