2011 Nissan Juke SL: Makes an Excellent UAV
September 19, 2011
When I moved out here (L.A.) from the east coast, I expected smooth roads given the temperate climate and all. Back in New England, an annual bumper crop of potholes and frost heaves is a right of spring. Temps there can range from sub-zero in winter to triple digits in summer. Throw rain, sleet and snow into the mix and you've got a recipe for asphalt upheaval.
Yet the roads out here in L.A. (I'm looking at you Pico and La Cienega) are just as bad if not worse than some of New England's finest. Perhaps the state not having two nickels to rub together has something to do with it.
But the Juke takes all the bumps and ruts in stride, absorbing them without a shudder. And thanks to its minimal front overhang, it doesn't require you to take deep dips (seen around some intersections here) at a 45-degree angle to avoid scraping its chin. Those attributes, along with its sprightly nature and compact dimensions (which make getting around inattentive traffic zombies and parking much easier) make the Juke one of my top picks for an Urban Assault Vehicle.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 11,754 miles