What Mine Would Look Like - 2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke Long-Term Road Test

2011 Nissan Juke: What Mine Would Look Like

April 21, 2011

Gun Metal Juke.jpg I really like our Nissan Juke. It's nimble, fun to drive and has more than enough room for my needs. If I were to buy one, this is what mine would look like: I like my cars heavily optioned, so I'd choose the SL trim level, like our test car. This trim starts at $22,930 (plus $760 destination) and adds automatic headlights, fog lights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an upgraded audio system, a backup camera and navigation. I don’t need all-wheel drive, so I'd be saving $2,000 that I would spend on other options.

I don’t want a manual transmission because I always drive in heavy traffic. Opting for the CVT transmission adds about $500. I would choose is Gun Metallic for the exterior, because it looks --and sounds -- cool. I'll pass on the red interior trim and instead choose silver, because I want something more understated.

Next there are a few packages to choose from. I like accent lighting in cars, so I'd choose the Interior Illumination Package for $490. This adds illuminated Juke kick plates and 20 other lit pieces. The Sport Accessory Package is pricier ($1,300), but it adds 17-inch gunmetal wheels (which would look good with the matching paint), stainless steel exhaust finisher, and a rear roof spoiler. Lastly, I'd get a set of floor mats -- a must for any car -- for $175.

This brings the total MSRP to $26,165. That's only $275 more than our long-term Juke. But I wouldn't pay MSRP. The TMV value of this car is $25,102, which is about $500 over invoice. I'd probably start the negotiation at $100 under invoice and work my way up from there.

If you were interested in a Juke, how would you configure yours?

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 5,154 miles

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