Who Drives in Eco Mode? - 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Who Drives in Eco Mode?

March 21, 2011

In a previous post, Engineering Editor Jay Kavanagh said of our 2011 Nissan Juke's Eco mode: "They should rename it 'Suck.' Does anyone actually use the Eco mode of the sundry vehicles thusly equipped? Do these people hate their lives?" So when I was talking to my brother, a brand-new Juke owner, about his recent purchase I relayed Jay's opinion about the Eco mode.

However, bro was quick to disagree, saying that he found merit in the fuel-efficient mode. "I'd use it to save gas on road trips. And I'm sure people who are trying to save money probably appreciate it," he said.

He has a point. But I mistakenly figured that anyone who buys the Juke would be looking to have fun driving it. And it just seemed odd that a zippy car like the Juke would even have such an option. However, I suppose Juke owners are just happy to be presented with either choice of fun or frugal.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 3,091 miles

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