What's the Difference? - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: What's the Difference?

March 30, 2011

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So there's this button on the lower left side of the Juke's dashboard labeled as you see above. I've never touched the thing until today when I noticed it has three settings: 2WD, AWD-V and AWD.

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It's not immediately obvious what the difference is between the Juke's AWD-V and AWD modes. So I looked it up. This didn't clarify much.

If I had to speculate, I'd say the difference is that AWD-V mode utilizes torque vectoring on the rear axle and that AWD mode does not. Note the use of the word "slippery" in the AWD description. And note its absence in the AWD-V description. Also note that the 50:50 front/rear torque split is called 4WD in the AWD mode yet in AWD-V mode the 50:50 split is called AWD. These are subtle differences which don't offer much explanation about the torque distribution strategy, so it's hard to be sure.

We've got a call in to Nissan on this. Perhaps the PR team can clear it up.

In the mean time, what do you think?

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor


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