2011 Nissan Juke: Yes, I'm Still Interested
August 02, 2011
Not sure what it is just yet, but I still find the Juke strangely satisfying to drive. I say strange because it doesn't have any of the hallmarks of a typical sportscar.
It's not a particularly fast, it doesn't sound cool and it has a CVT. In other words, on paper it's a dud.
On the road, though, it's another story. The Juke feels light, tossable and plenty quick. There's something about the way you sit up a little higher combined with the view over the hood that makes it feel more capable even if it's not. The idea of the Juke as a mild, street legal rally car isn't all that far off.
I have a feeling that any off road excursions would result in some bent metal on this lightweight, but it's the idea that often counts more than the actual follow through.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com