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2011 Nissan Juke: One, Maybe Two

January 18, 2012

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I know the Juke has four doors and can technically hold five people, but as my recent trip to Vegas to cover CES showed, I don't think the Juke could hold the bags of more than two people.

As I went to photograph the absolutely massive convention for two days, I packed a normal sized duffel bag, a camera bag, a pair of boots and a gear belt. Looking at the picture shows that not much of the trunk remains. Any other bags would have wound up in the back seat.

Is that the end of the world? Hardly. But, if you're in the market for a little adventure vehicle, it would be wise to lay out the stuff you, and possibly your companion, bring along and imagine having to stuff it all inside the Juke. Maybe you don't need to bring the big cooler after all...

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 17,877 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Hauls a 13-Foot Tree

December 13, 2011

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No problem.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief

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2011 Nissan Juke: The Kid Needs a Desk

November 09, 2011

11 nissan juke desk kid Who knew that kindergarten kids had so much homework?! What happened to a whole year of eating paste and watching bean plants grow in styrofoam cups (if you didn't stuff your bean up your nose)? Ah well, times change.

When you're a kindergarten kid with a toddler brother who is really good at getting into your stuff, you need a real desk, all your own, that the brother can't reach. We didn't have such a thing. But Savior of After-school Sanity Michael Jordan had a desk for me in his garage. A really nice one. Plus, he kindly offered to load it into the Juke and drive it all the way from his house to my house this weekend in the rain. We don't live close. I just won the busy parent jackpot.

Read Michael's notes from the experience (plus see a photo of the disassembled desk in the back of the Juke) after the jump.

Thanks again, Mr. Jordan.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 15,362 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: Words of Wisdom

October 11, 2011

cargo_roller.jpg My dad was a clean freak. He had three rules when it came to cars:

1) No dogs

2) No sand

3) No eating

I broke his three rules in one go this past weekend.

Los Angeles county allows dogs off leash at one beach and my dog loves to swim. If he doesn't get enough exercise, he'll drive us nuts at night. A happy dog is a tired dog. After dropping off the gardening gear at my coworkers house, I headed south to Long Beach.

After two hours running and swimming, I rinsed him off in the public showers, placed a multilayer blanket/towel sand barrier in the back and secured him with a seat belt harness for safety. After stopping off to grab some tacos, I rolled north. My dog slept most of the way back so I hoped any sand that remained on him would be kept in one place.

When I got back home, I learned why my dad those rules. First, there was a blob of hot sauce on the front seats. Dog hair had gotten into the fabric of the cargo area and then there was the sand. The stuff is insidious. I spent about 45 minutes vacuuming out the nooks 'n crannies the sand seemed to thrive in. The hair took 10 sheets of a sticky roller to get out. I'm glad I took my dog to the beach but what a pain in the butt!

Pops and I didn't always see eye to eye. But his rules on this matter I think are going to stay in place for the time being. I say that because if I get an SUV, I'd have to get one of those heavy duty rubber mats for the cargo area that's lipped to keep water and sand in place. Hopefully.

Do you have these rules or do you let the dog run the show? How do you keep your vehicle clean?

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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2011 Nissan Juke: Dog Is My Copilot

October 11, 2011

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I fired the gardener. As a result, my lawn was becoming over grown and the yard just looked terrible. I had no gardening implements other than a rake, so I resorted to borrowing a push mower and trimmer from a coworker.

When I picked up the gear, I did so in our Fotovan. Plenty of room to swallow up the gear with my dog comfortably resting in the second row. But when I returned it, I was in the Juke. With the dog. Yikes.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: What's Under The Floor

October 03, 2011

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Our longterm 2011 Nissan Juke's high-bustle cargo area got me curious -- why such a tall floor in such a little kumquat of a car? (Excuse the bits of detritus in the cargo area; the lead pic was taken pre-wash)

And you know what happens when my curiosity is stoked -- stuff gets taken apart.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Stick It Anywhere

September 23, 2011

IMG_0517.JPGThis, apparently, is a Nissan thing. Perhaps you remember a similarly sticky situation in our long-term Infiniti M56. In that car the manual is huge and would consume the entire glove box. The Juke, however, has a smaller owner's manual and a larger glove box.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Cargo in the Open

September 06, 2011

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There's one thing I'd like to see added to our Nissan Juke: a cargo cover. I don't like having my stuff out in the open, especially when that stuff is expensive (camera bags, the spoils of shopping, Faberge eggs, you get the idea).

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Tidy Storage Nooks

August 26, 2011

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In order to preserve the environment, several communities in Southern California have recently banned grocery stores from supplying plastic shopping bags. Some places also instituted a ten-cent charge for a paper bag. That means that shoppers now have one more thing to schlep around in our cars.

I'm a big believer in keeping a tidy car interior, lest I become that person who drives around in what looks like a recycling center. I don't like the idea of having bags flopping around on the back seat or in the trunk -- particularly in a hatchback. So I scouted the Juke for places in which I'd store a collection of grocery bags if this car were my everyday driver.

The front-door pockets are the first logical place for bag storage, but in real life, they'd probably fill up with an antique CD or two, tissue packets, a change pouch and maybe an old-fangled map. Three folded bags also would also fit in the glove compartment -- until the service records took over.

After more inspection, I decided that the perfect place would be the three niches under the lift-up trunk floor. I don't know what they're really meant for, but they make great grocery-bag caddies.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor, @10,971 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Hatch Hitch Redux

August 01, 2011

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There's user error, there's unfriendly design and there's fitful fitment. My problem this morning with the Juke's hatch might have had a helping of each.

As Jason and Donna have noted, the Juke's hatch needs a mighty slam to close completely. I apparently didn't whap it hard enough this morning, so I was rewarded with the non-specific "door ajar" light. I got out and pressed the rubberized button that (I thought) was the latch release. The hatch wouldn't open. But it wasn't completely closed, either. It was locked in limbo.

Mike Schmidt has been keeping an eye on the hatch problem, which appears to be an intermittent issue. He'd noted it on the sign-out sheet, but I didn't think much about it. Just my luck, I thought this morning, that it would go 100 percent failure on my watch.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Trunk Closure

July 11, 2011

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I used the Juke's cargo area quite a bit this weekend. When I got back into the driver seat, there was a warning light on the dash that said a door wasn't closed properly. And I had to get out and open and close the hatch again.

The warning light doesn't tell you which door is ajar. It was showing a door open on the left of the car. But since I had never opened the left rear door and had just closed the driver door, I knew it must be the trunk.

This also happened at the car wash today. When I got in the car after the wash, the warning light was lit again. So, it's not just me and my closing skills. The car washer had the same issue.

I wonder if it has anything to do with the rubber trim at the bottom center of the photo. See how it is not meeting properly.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 7,155 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Camera vs. Trunk Release

June 09, 2011

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Yesterday I explored this issue on our long-term Kia Optima. The problem is balancing the need to place the rear-view camera near the middle of the car vs. the fact that most people are going to search for a hatch/trunk release in the same location.

Here you can see how Nissan handled the problem on the Juke. My hand is on the release.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Does The Bike Fit?

June 06, 2011

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Temporarily forgetting about the Juke's styling, it's time to address its usefulness as an everyday vehicle. For me, one of the first questions I ask is: "Will I be able to fit my mountain bike in there this weekend?"

I mean, the Juke is pretty dang tiny. I actually wasn't 100-percent sure.

Yep, it can be done, and without taking the rear wheel off or lowering/removing the bike's seat. Obviously the Juke's hatchback and folding rear seats help greatly here.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Practically Useless Trunk

April 25, 2011

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I once called the Nissan Juke "the new face of ugly," and I still think that. But styling is ultimately not my biggest beef with the Juke. Unlike the Mini Countryman, which has a sliding back seat that allows for a useful trunk or a useful back seat, the Juke has a fixed back seat that doesn't really allow for either.

There is zero room behind me when I drive, and as for the trunk, that paltry amount of items was too much for the Juke as the tailgate failed to close. Now, compare that above picture to the one of our VW GTI after the jump. Different items to be sure, but they were larger and more voluminous.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: Small Cargo Area

February 22, 2011

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Small car = small cargo area? Not always.

With the rear seats in place, the Nissan Juke offers 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Yes, that's small. But for me, it was plenty room for my grocery run.

Maximum cargo capacity is 35.9 cu.ft. Not bad for a little tike.

See the full specs on Edmunds.com.

DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 1,995 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Slam That Hatch

February 15, 2011

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Turns out latching our longterm 2011 Nissan Juke's hatch requires a pretty serious slam. Even when you think you're giving it plenty of gumption it may not be enough.

It's deceptive because when the hatch is flush with the bodywork (above left), it is not actually fully latched. I learned this when the hatch rattled immediately when I set off after having just tossed something in the cargo area.

Once you really whing the hatch down -- or give it the ol' double-tap where you close it and then lean on it with your body weight -- will it catch for real (above right). Note the hatch is misaligned with the surrounding bodywork when it is well and truly latched.

Could be a simple adjustment issue where the striker plate is too far inboard and the weatherstripping is acting like a spring.

Any other Juke owners notice this, or is it isolated to our longterm example?

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke: Maxing Out the 10.5-Cubic-Foot Cargo Bay

February 08, 2011

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Yesterday afternoon my latest Zappo's order was delivered to our office. Getting the 32 inches long by 22 inches wide by 18.5 inches tall box down to the garage was an adventure on its own. And when I arrived at our 2011 Nissan Juke, the box was just a touch too wide and tall to slide into the cargo bay.

But not to worry.

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