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2011 Nissan Juke: Detroit Auto Show Time

January 09, 2012

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Sunday morning at 5:00 a.m. I parked the Juke back in the Edmunds' test garage and caught a cab to LAX, headed for the Monday's Detroit auto show.

How many Juke's might I see in the Motor City? My guess is two or less. And one will be on the auto show floor.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 17,378 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke Owners, Do You Fit the Target Demo?

January 05, 2012

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"I told you I am seeing more women driving these in L.A. I am a woman now," my kid brother IM'd me about his 2011 Nissan Juke. I told him that he was probably just noticing the women more than the men, especially since the Juke is actually marketed to younger males like him.

"No, I always look to see who is driving when I see one. There aren't that many," he replied. So I decided to do a little research. I mean, could he be right that there are more women than men who buy the Juke? Not that that would be so terrible.

But sure enough, I was right. ::Doing Told You So dance:: Last year, Nissan reported that Juke owners tend to be men...of the 59+ persuasion. What did bro say when I showed him that press release? "I knew I should have got the white one to match my iPhone."

But seriously, Juke owners, do you fit the target demographic? (Borrowed this from this Juke forum.)

-- Are you male?

-- Are you in your 30s?

-- Do you lead an active, sporty lifestyle?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Do You Fill In the Blanks?

December 29, 2011

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Since I was the one who took in our Juke for its 15,000-mile service and a satellite radio repair in November, I also was the one who got the customer satisfaction survey from Nissan North America. It arrived Tuesday.

The dealership itself had already called me to make sure everything was OK, but (not surprisingly) Nissan corporate is not just taking a dealership's word for how customers feel they're being treated. To that point, Nissan mails you a paper survey, but asks that you complete it online. I did, giving the service department at Hooman Nissan high marks.

The paper survey also implores the consumer, "Please do not return the survey to your Dealership." I guess a misdirected survey full of "Unacceptable" ratings could find its way into a trash can at an underperforming dealership.

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2011 Nissan Juke: What the Juke-R Sounds Like

December 14, 2011

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I know, I know, the Nissan Juke-R isn't our long-termer (sigh) but if I was the owner of a 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD, I'd be all about the GT-R'd crossover and hearing and seeing news on it. I know my brother, a Juke owner, is obsessed with the high-performance version of his daily driver.

Nissan came out with a bunch of videos detailing the development of the Juke-R. The most thrilling one I've seen is the one which includes the car's exhaust note. Squeee! Hit the jump for that video (exhaust note is at the 0:48 mark) as well as video on the Juke-R hitting the track (exhaust note at 1:35).

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Bird Strike

December 12, 2011

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This weekend our long-term Juke survived a bird strike. The bird? Not so much.

It was on the 105 Freeway westbound, not far from LAX. About 75 mph. A bird swooped down in the Juke's path, hit the car's grille with a thud, grazed its hood and then bounced up and skimmed the top of the Nissan's windshield. I looked in the rearview mirror just in time to see the car behind us drive through a cloud of flying feathers.

It could only be classified as a direct hit. The thud was so loud it caused my kids in the back seat to look up from their video games and ask me what had just happened. "Nothing," I said.

No real harm to the Juke, just some down stuck in its grille. Sorry bird.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 16,506 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: International Consensus

December 08, 2011

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While I was walking in Japan's Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood (which, if you haven't been there, is just what you imagine Tokyo to be like -- lots of people, high-rise department stores, ramen diners, pachinko bars, love hotels) at night last week, I saw three red Nissan Jukes in a 15-minute span.

One of them was driven by a 30-ish woman who was semi-aggressively trying to negotiate a gap in pedestrian traffic with her Juke. I couldn't hear if hers was a turbo; Nissan also sells a naturally-aspirated version of the 1.6-liter in Japan. But she was certainly making use of the Juke's tidy dimensions (well, it's not that small by Japan's standards, but still) and sharp handling to get through traffic.

We've enjoyed using our long-term Juke in city traffic, too. Los Angeles is a different kind of city than Tokyo, but evidently, this very compact crossover is more cosmopolitan than I'd realized.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 16,323 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke versus 2012 Kia Soul

December 07, 2011

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As I walked down to the garage last night to drive the revised 2012 Kia Soul home, I found this sight. "Man, the Soul looks bigger than the Juke," I said to myself. "Yet, the Juke is considered to be an SUVish thing whereas the Soul is considered a hatchbacky Scion competitor. Oh look a penny!"

It had been hard to think of competitors for the Juke given its size and price, but I think I stumbled upon one last night in the Soul. Follow me for some excellent table-age.

Now, for the purposes of this comparison, let's use a front-wheel-drive Juke since the Soul cannot match our long termer's all-wheel drive. Maybe it should, but it doesn't, and consider that a point for Mr. Toad's Mutant Ride.

I also used the top of the line models of both, though the Soul's price advantage is more evident in its base form (prices and standard features below are indicative of the base Soul with an automatic transmission).

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD Meets Rally Fighter

November 22, 2011

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Check out what me and our 2011 Nissan Juke spotted on the way to work this morning. A Veloster jacked up on monster truck tires.

Actually it's the Local Motors Rally Fighter, which I didn't know when I shot the photo but when I showed the picture to the boys in the office...well, I never heard such giddy screaming. Editor Takahashi called it the "automotive version of Nutella."

Anyway, you hate on the Juke's looks. What do you think of the Rally Fighter's?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 15,979 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: How About a Gamer's Version?

November 16, 2011

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I checked in with my brother, an owner of the 2011 Nissan Juke SL, to see if he was still happy with his car purchase. First words he IM'd me? "Yeah, they already are talking about the new Juke-R and it's pissing me off."

OK, he was half kidding about that but he was irritated how fast things get updated and a la Apple products you're left feeling like your car is already out of date. Since tech-savvy bro is one of those types who suffer from gadget-lust, always wanting the newest technology, he's sensitive to this more than most people. "I wish this car could morph into the next model...every year," he went on.

But how awesome would that be if you could update your car as easily as you could update the software in your iPhone or an online video game? (Reflashing aside, which requires a pro to do it.) Maybe one day. As it is, my brother's suggestion for the next Juke remodel? "I wish they put the car driving modes on the wheel so it would be more like playing video games. It sucks to have to look to push for Sport or Normal, but I've gotten used to it."

Judging by the 18.5 mpg his car is getting (EPA average is 27, Edmunds averages 22.3), sounds like he's driving it like he's in a video game. "I've been driving mostly in Sport mode. Only way to get through these streets!"

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Separated at Birth?

November 16, 2011

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There are two gorgeous auto-related artifacts at the design show, "Living in a Modern Way," at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art: A 1936 Airstream Clipper trailer and a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. I want them both.

The work of art that caught our eye at the museum last weekend, however, wasn't a car image per se. It was an element of a bronze sculpture installation, "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. But if you look at our Juke from a certain angle, you can see a certain resemblance (hit the jump for the reveal).

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever

November 01, 2011

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Everything about the Juke is funky. It's just one of those oddballs you never know quite where to place. In just another illustration of its funksauce, the ignition button is fairly well obscured from view by both the steering wheel and the wiper control stalk. Our tallest drivers boosted up high in the Juke seat could probably spot it, but most folks unfamiliar with the Juke might need a second or two to sort it out.

I'd be tempted to call this poor or indifferent design, but it's just another element that makes the Juke unique and somewhat inscrutable.

Is it a crossover? A mini-SUV? A high-riding Versa? Whatever. It's a fun, unique car and the auto industry needs more of them. It's ugly, it's not. It's got a great personality. Personally, the fewer family sedan clones, the better.

But not sure how I feel about the Juke rubbing off on the new Murano and Versa though, the whole big-hipped quarter panels and blistered lamp motifs. I say keep the Juke weird, like Austin. Don't make everything else weird along with it.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: 15,000 Miles

October 31, 2011

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Our 2011 Nissan Juke hit the 15,000-mile mark on Sunday. It's cost us $543.88 so far (for one minor service and one set of tires), and it's had zero days out of service.

We'll let you know how our 15,000-mile check-up goes.

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @15,029 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: I Shouldn't Like It But I Do

October 19, 2011

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It's styled for styling's sake. It's ugly. Its luggage area is small. There's not a whole lot of rear leg room. It's related to the Cube and Versa. Its fuel economy is nothing special. It has a CVT paired to a turbocharged engine. It's kind of expensive. It rhymes with "puke."

By most measures, I shouldn't like our Juke. But I do. I like it a lot more than our Mini Cooper Countryman and worlds more than our Outlander Sport. It's hard to say why. In many ways the Juke is like a baby Infiniti FX or BMW X6, two compromised vehicles I've never had much affinity for. But the Juke is just fun. I like getting in it every day and driving it. It's nimble around town. Its suspension soaks up broken pavement. It squirts through traffic. It's anything but anonymous. Other people find it interesting.

Whereas most cars today are designed for everybody, the Juke is a genuine rebel. And it doesn't suck.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: Nice Car ... What Is It?

October 17, 2011

nissan_juke_pizza.jpg Target parking lot last Sunday. Thirty-ish guy, new Detroit Lions hat. (Has the bandwagon started already?) He's getting out of his CR-V.

"How do you like your Juke?" he asks.

I'm a bit taken aback. For the two days prior, nobody seemed to know what it was. But they all seemed to like it. Mostly.

Previous to the Target encounter, I was picking up some BJ's pizza on Friday. I had opted for curb-side delivery. The waiter/runner, after giving me my food, said: "Hey, nice car!"

"Thanks," I said. Pause. Then I waited for it. "Uhh, what is it?"

"A Nissan Juke." I said. Another pause. "Oh. Cool!" he replied back, apparently not knowing what else to say. Still, it was an uncommon compliment for an inexpensive hatchback/crossover thing.

But then there was my wife. I took her out on Saturday night in the Juke for the first time.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Sales Compared to Others

October 14, 2011

nissan_juke_r34.jpg It's safe to say our Juke has been a hit with our staff for the eight months or so it's been in the long-term fleet. But I was curious to know if that's translated to popularity with the general public. So I pulled up sales figures for September along with a sampling of other cars.

Nissan Juke - 3,310
Kia Soul - 6,666
Honda Fit - 4,734
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport - 1,512
Scion xB - 1,415
Mini Cooper Countryman - 1,207
Suzuki SX4 - 997

Big picture, 3,000 units isn't very much. But I'd say it's also pretty respectable given the Juke's niche appeal.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke: Good Morning Eye Candy

October 12, 2011

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A lot of folks think the Juke is ugly. I agree with them to a point. It might be funky, but it's different than the sea of vanilla vehicles out there. That counts for something in my book.

When I walked out the house this morning, I was struck by how cool all the angles on the Juke glistened in the morning dew. I had to take a couple shots to share.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Who Else Wants a Nissan Juke-R?

October 06, 2011

nissanjuker.jpg A couple of days ago, Nissan announced something pretty exciting: the Juke-R, a GT-R-powered Juke! I want one! Our 2011 Nissan Juke is already fun to drive so I can only imagine what an absolute blast it would be with that 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6. Pair that nimble handling with 520 horsepower? Trouble! But the good kind.

Unfortunately they say that this isn't actually for production but a one-off. Bew! It's really cool but what's the point of not making more? I mean, come on look how much fun we had with our long-term GT-R.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke: Hint of Infiniti

October 01, 2011

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A couple nights ago, I took our long-term Nissan Juke out for 10 miles of errands in West L.A. I always forget how much fun this tiny crossover-hatch can be when you're just running around the city. Throttle response is kind of lively, the electric power steering feels quick and the little car likes to change direction.

Another thing I like about the Juke and it's a little thing, is that while you're driving along, you can always see the crescent-shaped auxiliary lighting units that house the turn signals and parking lights. So, you get to enjoy these design elements while your inside the car. This reminds me of driving the G37 coupe and M37/M56, as I've always liked that you can see the curvy hood contours on these cars from the driver seat.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,272 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Innovation & Efficiency

September 30, 2011

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Nissan is an innovative and efficient company. This is embodied by the groundbreaking Nissan Leaf EV, and our long-term 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD.

Maybe you've seen this one already. In another one of my Friday out of left field posts, Nissan was so concerned about efficiency that they designed their own cargo ship.

The awkwardly named City of St Petersburg has a semi-spherical prow which reduces wind resistance and increases fuel-efficiency. It also makes this thing look like a space ship out of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Hit the jump for the interesting video.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 12,300 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Purple

September 28, 2011

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Here's a picture of the giant purple GMC motorhome I saw on the 5 freeway this morning. This guy looked at the Juke like I was the one driving the funny car, which seemed mildly ironic.

That's all I have to say about that.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2011 Nissan Juke: Atonement

September 12, 2011

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I didn't drive our long-term Juke anywhere this weekend. It sat in front of my house looking forlorn, so I promised we'd get Primo's doughnuts today to make up for it.

It's not my fault the Juke can't eat doughnuts.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 11,433 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Pontoon Front Fenders

August 30, 2011

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Because of its short overall length, you would think that our long-term 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD would be easy to park. And for the most part, it is. However, it's hard to tell where the front end of the car is when parallel parking due to the pontoon-like front fenders. With the Juke's front visibility, I have difficulty figuring out where the corners of the car are.

And on top of that, it's just plain weird to see the marker lights -- which really look like headlights -- when you gaze out over the hood and the fenders.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 11,060 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: Pretty by Comparison

August 30, 2011

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After the baseball clinic on Sunday, we all piled into the Juke to hit a Canadian-themed diner near Redondo Beach. While there was quite a bit of snickering about four dudes in a Juke, I got a bigger kick out of this PT Cruiser that parked next to us.

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2011 Nissan Juke: The Hitchhiker

August 25, 2011

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"Warning. Film may cling to nose and mouth and prevent breathing."

It looked to be the size of a grocery bag when I picked it up, but when I pulled over two hours later for gas, I found out it was a just a little bigger than that. I hoped it might help the aero a little bit but according to my calculations, it did absolutely nothing to help the Juke's morbid highway fuel economy - more on that later.

Where was I going, you ask? I was on my way to Monterey (sick of the road trip to Monterey posts yet?) for the weekend to cover some of the events and let you guys see some of what goes on up there.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Don't Juke About Style

August 24, 2011

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Nissan revealed a new special edition Juke for the Euro market, and after reading some of the comments on the news story, I was interested to see owners still defending the Juke's styling. There was even an Aztek comparison.

Yes, it's different, but Aztek?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke: +12

August 23, 2011

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Ten thousand twelve miles. We're supposed to photograph odometers at major milestones, like this one, on the dot. But this is how I stick it to the man. Take that, man.

Actually, I missed the all important mileage mark because I was stuck behind a slower car. Click ahead to see what caused the holdup.

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2011 Nissan Juke: The VehiCROSS Connection

August 15, 2011

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“What is it?” Jim Poste asks me. “You can’t tell if it’s coming or going.” This is the usual smart remark about the Juke, only it has some irony since it comes from a guy who has owned so many Porsche 911s, a car that you really can’t tell if it’s coming or going.

Everyone is eager to diss the Atomic Frog, our 2011 Nissan Juke. It took me a long time to get it what it's about, but finally enlightenment came to me when I thought of Shiro Nakamura, Nissan’s chief designer.

Because it was Shiro Nakamura who brought us the Isuzu VehiCROSS.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Where to Look First

August 03, 2011

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There's a neighborhood in Long Beach, California called Naples, built on a series of islands located in the Alamitos Bay. Naples consists of three separate islands, divided by canals (complete with gondolas for hire) which open into the bay. There you can find an astounding number of different styles of architecture all within a half-mile, old craftsmans snuggled next to glassy ultra-moderns.

Oddly reminds me of the Nissan Juke. All those smooth, straight and curvy lines, all wrapped up into one interesting melting-pot design.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 7,950 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: Yes, I'm Still Interested

August 02, 2011

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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

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: I Want That Plate

July 29, 2011

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Spotted this license plate on the way in today while driving our 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD. It would have been more fitting on an M3 or a white VW GTI but still one of the best (funniest) "I like to go fast" vanity plates I've seen.

By the way, I'm currently in the middle of a move and for some reason (brain fart) picked the Juke as my supplemental moving vehicle to transport the odds and ends that I didn't want the movers to deal with, like potted plants, picture frames and liquor bottles. I completely forgot about editor James Riswick's post about its small trunk and its current annoying problem with trunk closure. I don't know how many times I've had to pull over to re-slam the trunk lid. I already feel like I'm doing it too hard but apparently not hard enough. Argh. I don't want to break the car. Anyway, Donna speculated it might be because the rubber trim isn't meeting properly while editor JayKav said it might be that "the striker plate is too far inboard and the weatherstripping is acting like a spring." In any case, nope, we didn't get it fixed yet.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: On the Weird List

July 21, 2011

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The other day, I started to realize that weird cars hold a special place in my psyche. And the Juke is one of those weird cars.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Setting World Record on Two Wheels

July 12, 2011

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What fun things are people doing with the 2011 Nissan Juke? Last week during the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Nissan wanted to set a new record so, since driving a Leaf at 90 mph in reverse on the Goodwood course was deemed too risky, the carmaker had stunt driver Terry Grant break the record for "fastest four-wheeled machine to climb the entire course on two wheels"! He did it effortlessly in the Nissan Juke, circling the track in 2 minutes and 55 seconds and claiming the Guinness World Record. And this Juke wasn't tweaked for this stunt, unless you count its new Yokohama production tires.

Hit the jump to see the video of Grant cruising by on two wheels. Fun!

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: The Other 911 GT3 RS

July 08, 2011

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Is That a Kia?

June 14, 2011

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So I brought the Nissan Juke to the neighborhood and the guy up the street who knows a little something about cars asks me, "Is that a Kia?"

This is no diss to the wacky guys at Nissan who designed the Juke (if indeed their design studio is even on this planet). As much as we make jokes about the Juke's cartoon-like resemblance to an atomic frog, we all like it.

Instead it's a surprising recognition that it is Kia and Hyundai that have become known for design experimentation, not the Japanese labels. Just think of the way the car world has changed so that Kia would come up in a casual discussion about car design with an everyday American.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: The BMW X6 Connection

June 13, 2011

2011_nissan_juke_f34_lt_127111_815.jpgBrought the Nissan Juke home this weekend because the son of a friend of mine is thinking about one.

Predictably a big hit. Looks great. Drives better than any other small thing from Nissan. And it is so the opposite of what the Honda CR-V is about.

But it makes me wonder why it’s okay to like the Juke – which is basically a sport-ute slimmed down to a coupe-style package — and yet we fear and despise grow-up Jukes like the Acura ZDX and BMW X6?

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: No, No, No, Wait, Maybe?

June 08, 2011

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I am not, nor have I ever been a member of the tuner community. Body kits and "go-fast" stickers make me laugh -- especially when I lap overly modded cars in whatever stock vehicle I might be driving. Impul, a Japanese tuner, came out with the hideous monstrosity you see above. Personally, I think that rear wing can be classified as a hate crime. The grille isn't as bad, though, and I quite like the dark wheels. But hang on, there's something going on here that's more than skin-deep.

There's a new ECU that promises more power and improved response, an upgraded throttle body, stiffer shocks and springs, better brakes and a stainless exhaust. Okay, I'm intrigued. What do you think? Would you keep it stock or rice this baby out?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: IIHS Top Safety Pick

May 26, 2011

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The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) released data on a number of small cars that got "Top Safety Pick" by their team of crash testers and amongst them was the 2011 Nissan Juke.

To win the Top Safety Pick designation, a car needs to get a good rating in front, side, rear and rollover protection and have stability control -- as optional . Stability control in the Juke is standard.

There's a video after the jump provided by the IIHS. Juke crashes at around the 0:08 second mark.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Nissan Juke: What Do the Kids Think?

May 24, 2011

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I've been wondering what the kids (well, kids compared to me anyway) think of the Juke. So...just an informal poll here for you guys and gals.

But please, despite how young you may look and/or feel, only respond if you're 18 to 24 years old ; )

a) Do you think the Juke's styling is OMG ugly, funky cool, or arrestingly handsome?

b) Have you driven a Juke?

c) If you've driven it, would you consider buying a Juke?

d) What other car(s) would you consider in the $20,000 to $25,000 price range?


John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 6,002 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: There Is Another

May 21, 2011

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I finally saw another Nissan Juke on the road. What do you think of it in black? Have you seen any out and about?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Some Owners Getting $400 Back

May 18, 2011

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So it turns out there was a little typo (they happen) on the original equipment list for the 2011 Nissan Juke AWD. Early product information had it listed as having a 13.2 gallon fuel tank like the FWD Juke. Unfortunately, it doesn't. It's got an 11.8 gallon tank. The error was corrected, and Nissan has recently sent out apology letters.

That's not all, though, they're giving Juke AWD owners who may have been put out by the error a check for $400. A copy of the letter can be found at Consumer Search.

Still no word from Ford if there will be a refund for Mustang GT owners who bought the Brembos thinking they were getting two-piston sliders in the rear.

Would you be upset? Clearly this impacts range, but most people don't run that far between fillups anyway. ( I do.) And if you would be upset, if $400 enough to ignore it?

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor

(Autoblog via Consumer Search)

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2011 Nissan Juke: Johnny 5 Looking at Me

May 10, 2011

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Hmm...I wonder if the designer of the Juke ever saw the movie Short Circuit? I mean, clearly the odd looking instrument panel hood is an homage to Johnny 5 right? There's already a whole website, why not an instrument cluster?

So back to the Juke. I'm still liking the way it drives. It's quick enough, feels good through fast corners and is generally easy to get along with. I agree with Oldham that it would benefit from a standard automatic transmission. The CVT isn't the worst I've ever experienced, but like all CVTs, it's never really that great either. Too many instances where you want a "downshift" and it just kind of sits there in the wrong ratio.

The seats are surprisingly good too. I haven't done a long trip in it yet, but from my limited seat time they feel well bolstered and nicely shaped. The adjustment controls are easy to use too, a good thing in a car with a manual controls.

Ed Hellwig, Editor @ 5,655 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: Fungly

May 09, 2011

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I like fun cars (who doesn't?). I also like attractive cars. Every now and then, there's a fun, but ugly car that I like. The Juke is one of them. This became clear to me this weekend on a 180-degree freeway onramp when a Porsche Cayenne driver had a decent grasp on the idea of acceleration, but not handling. He blasted past the Juke without any problem, but he hit the brakes far too early and far too hard going into the sweeping curve. I broke much later and trailed it into the bend, leaving him far behind in my mirrors.

The whole time, I was using my play-by-play commentator voice. "And Takahashi passes him on the outside! A masterful pass for the leeeeeeeeead!"

My girlfriend called me a dork.

I gave the Juke a little congratulatory pat on the dash, as if to say, "good car, good car."

And that got me thinking about that word, "Fungly." If this Juke had more power and a manual gearbox, I'd consider buying one -- looks and all. And there are only a few other cars that I'd be willing to do that for. Foremost in my head is the BMW M Coupe (1998 - 2002), Porsche Panamera Turbo and most second-generation Subaru WRX STi models.

What do you think? Are you willing to drive something as controversially styled as the Nissan Juke for performance? Are there some fungly cars on your list?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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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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2011 Nissan Juke: Who's This Car For?

April 20, 2011

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Since the 2011 Nissan Juke arrived in our long-term test fleet, my boyfriend and I have started informally keeping track of other Juke drivers we see in our travels. We've seen quite a few, both in Southern California and during a recent trip to Georgia. But to date, we've only seen one man driving a Juke (one man not employed by Edmunds that is). That Juke was black. Of course.

I'd like to say I'm surprised, given that at least initially Nissan officials said they were positioning the Juke as a crossover SUV that would appeal to men in their 20s. But I'm not.

However, just like with countless ugly-duckling Subarus, the real appeal of the Juke comes into focus once you're inside the vehicle and unable to see the sheetmetal.

I've already gone on about how the Juke is actually pretty good to drive -- good acceleration, respectable handling -- and it rides well, too. Whereas our Mini Countryman can feel wound up over LA freeways, the Nissan is reasonably compliant and relaxed over the rain-grooved slabs.

I'm also liking the cockpit ergonomics, which sets up a 5-foot-10 driver up for a good seating position; although, the reach to the steering wheel is a bit too long. A telescoping steering wheel would be nice to have.

Finally, I'm finding more and more situations where the Juke's 35.9-cubic-foot cargo max perfectly suits my needs. For example, after a late night coffee (it's dark at night, hence the inelegant use of my point-and-shoot's flash) with friends last week, I gave one friend with a bike a lift home. I know I'm not the official "does the bike fit?" tester here, but her normal adult-size Schwinn just fit into the Juke with the seats folded... the liftgate just closed.

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2011 Nissan Juke: The Four-Cylinder Cute-Ute Hits Its Stride

April 19, 2011

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It's hard to believe it was 15 years ago that the first compact crossover SUVs appeared on the market. These have always been and, likely, will always be strong sellers due to their ever compelling combination of utility, ride height, maneuverability and affordability -- but with rare exception (turbo Forester), I have never liked driving them and that includes most of the current-day models. Invariably, they're too slow, too clumsy-handling, too plasticky or some combination of those three.

But after five days in our long-term 2011 Nissan Juke, even I have to admit that this is a pretty darn nice vehicle to drive, cute-ute or not.

To start, the Juke is just not slow. It runs a 15.5-second quarter-mile, which is a half-second slower than the current Forester XT. The Subaru, however, has an outdated four-speed automatic, whereas the Nissan has a well-calibrated CVT, and once you adjust to its way of doing things, it's your friend in freeway traffic. There's a bit of lag from the 1.6-liter turbo (as there should be, it's a turbo), but even with a not-quite-full-throttle input, the Juke gets up to 70 mph smoothly. And it's easy to get back into the boost when you step out to pass.

Of course, there are plenty of other small crossovers that are decently quick (most with a V6), but most of them don't handle well (RAV4, I'm looking at you). Here again, the Juke is a pleasant exception. Its electric-assisted power steering actually has good on-center feel and adjusts the effort level appropriately as you add input to its compact steering wheel. Turn-in response feels quick to the point that you actually look for opportunities to toss into a corner instead of avoiding them. Brake pedal feel is good, too.

Finally, there's my complaint about the plastickyness of small SUVs. Now, the Juke is not a bit posh. But none of the plastics the cabin feel overtly cheap. Everything looks good. And except for the silly liftgate issue, the fit and finish is good inside and out.

Seemingly, the Juke is immune to all the things I usually dislike about cute-utes, and amidst my post-Mazdaspeed-3 delirium tremens, I am starting to fall for it.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 5,004 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: 5,000-on-the-Button Milestone

April 18, 2011

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I went on vacation last week, and I secreted away our 2011 Nissan Juke, thinking it would offer a best-of-both-worlds combination of warm-hatch performance and reasonable utility (more reasonable than our Countryman, anyway). As I rolled into the office this morning, the Juke's odometer clicked 5,000 miles exactly.

In honor of that, I checked the oil.

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2011 Nissan Juke: Engine Transplant Part 2

April 07, 2011

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Yesterday, Brent suggested that Nissan stuff its big V8 into a special 560Z model. Today, I'm going to suggest another Nissan-related engine transplant.

The Juke's turbocharged 1.6-liter engine is a real riot and every time I dip into its super boosty goodness I think to myself, "Self, it seems like a waste to have such a neat little engine in such a weird, ugly, tall, hatchback, SUV, alien space pod thing." It should be in a sporty car, and no, some version of the next-generation Versa doesn't count (as has been recently leaked).

No, I want a new Nissan 160SX. The original 240SX was one of my favorite cars when I was a wee lad, and I know that Miss Riches would probably be on board as well. Erin had second-generation 240SX that used to sit under a layer of dust and cat prints down in the editorial graveyard (picture thereafter). It's not there any more, but I'm not sure if she sold it or if the dust's just so thick now that it blends into the concrete.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Which Ones Are the Headlights?

March 22, 2011

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Some of you had asked about our 2011 Nissan Juke's headlights.

From a previous Juke post ed341 asked: "What do the lights on the hood actually do? Just indicators, or nifty driving lights?"

Even though editor Mark Takahashi did a really cool post explaining the lights, even going so far as to Photoshop how he'd like them to look instead, I figured it couldn't hurt to show you what the owner's manual said about them.

In any case, with the headlights, clearance lights/turn signal/front side marker lights and the fog lights on different levels of the car's front end it just makes it seem like a whole lot of lights. Couldn't Nissan have consolidated them and saved some space instead?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Now I Want One

March 21, 2011

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I had our 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD all weekend and I don't mind saying that I am now so in love with it. Sure, it's not conventionally attractive but so what? It's got quirky funkiness, more on that later, and a lot of character to keep it interesting long after its looks have faded into dated territory. I love the feel of its steering, its handling, and yay for Sport mode and get-up-and-go. I just love driving it, and bonus that it can actually tote a couple of passengers and some cargo in the back, too.

This weekend I used it for everything, from hauling groceries to toting my dog around (with seatbelt harness) and to negotiating Rainpocalypse 2011. It turned every mundane errand into a fun excursion. I'm really jealous that this is my brother's daily driver. Pout.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Spotted in the Wild

March 18, 2011

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I know many of you said that you've seen lots of 2011 Nissan Jukes out and about, but in LA I haven't been as lucky. So when I was taking the dog for a walk around the neighborhood and spotted this Gun Metallic Juke, I had to take a picture.

I dunno, it looks really "grown-up" in this color. Too serious and almost like an Infiniti EX, not that that's a bad thing, but it mutes the funkiness, I think. I like our Cayenne Red but would be interested to see what the Electric Blue looked like in real life. What color do you like for the Juke?

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: Why My Brother Bought One

March 15, 2011

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The above cell phone photo is of my brother's new 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD. Woo hoo! He had been in the market for a car for awhile. Initially he was looking for an SUV since he was tired of "getting bullied" on LA streets. But I had told him that he was going about it the wrong way and instead should get something small with great handling and decent power to get around bullies. But he still needed a car with enough space to tote his camera equipment and lights (he's a producer/director).

Through the course of his many months of car researching, I tried helping him out by sending him Edmunds reviews of cars I thought would be up his alley. Nothing really struck his fancy.

But as soon as I got behind the wheel of our own Juke SL I emailed him a link to our long-terms right away. "You should get this one!" I hadn't heard back from him regarding that since January. Until last night when he texted me the above photo.

"Wait, are you getting that?"
"Got it."
"OMG u did? That's perfect for uuu!"

And he called me this morning. "I calling you from the car!" he was excited. So why did he decide on the Juke?

"I like how fast it turned around the curves and love its power and I love the technology," he gushed. I knew that car would be up his alley, especially for the fact that he's a technogeek."Did you see the 'magic' climate control and driver mode buttons?" I was so excited for him.

Also, he said that the dealer told him that because of the recent devastation in Japan the stock at Nissan dealerships is low and "will be kaput for the next 120 days, as the docks have been wiped out." So he had to act on it now. Yeah, don't know if that was a dealer tactic but it's plausible, I guess. He had had a bronze Juke bought right out from under him so he went with the above red one.

In any case, he's happy with his purchase.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: Our Favorite Caption

March 11, 2011

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Thanks to ergsum for this week's favorite caption. Here are the others that flipped our lid:

Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (ergsum)
I knew the juke had cargo space but dang! (chirsch3)
I may be slow, but I'm ahead of you. (good_2_go)
Whatever's in the trunk will be gone in 60 seconds. (vt8919)
As the Italians say, "What's behind you isn't important!" (technetium99)
Quick, hide in here. They'll never find you. (elgac)
The Toad Warrior (ergsum)
The Hatchback of Willow Springs (ergsum)
Worst application of a pop-up spoiler ever. (drhorrible)
And Rex thought that mooning a Cobra was a good idea.... (technetium99)
GET IN MA BELLY!!! (jacton)
Oil slick? check! (cantdrive92)
Hatch release, sport button ...who can keep track? (ms3omglol)
Never bring a Juke to a snake fight. (ms3omglol)
The Juke's on us. (ms3omglol)
Takahashi's Great Escape. (stovt001)
FULL MOON!! (gxp_mike)
Can someone please change the track on the Juke-box? (questionlp)
Willow Springs gets juked on. (robert4380)
Playing a practical Juke on the Mustang. (ergsum)
Juke of Hazzard (ergsum)
Pull over, I think I'm going to Juke! (ergsum)
Airbrake FTW. (opfreakx)
Spoiler alert! (shaddai)
Takahashi has taken his trunk fetish too far this time. (technetium99)

What was your favorite?

To the winner:
You can select one of these three prizes:

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2011 Nissan Juke SL: You Write the Caption

March 11, 2011

juke_willow_1600.jpgAssociate Vehicle & Content Coordinator Rex Tokeshi-Torres sent me this photo of our Nissan Juke at The Streets of Willow Springs.

What is your caption?

We'll post our favorite this afternoon.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

P.S. We have more Top Gear gear in stock for prizes.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Looks Like...

March 10, 2011

Nissan Juke.jpg Just one glance at Nissan's Juke and everyone forms an instant opinion. Quite often that opinion isn't overly flattering. It's fair to say Nissan went a little whacky with the Juke's styling. Whether it's bad whacky or good whacky is completely subjective, and we're not all going to agree.

But it seems too easy to just make a blanket statement that the Juke is ugly. We can be more creative than that, can't we?

For instance, a passerby once commented to me that the Juke looked to her "like the largest mosquito ever to escape from the Amazon Forest." Now there's a good analogy.

So what does the Juke remind you of?

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,714 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: More Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Spots

March 07, 2011

SI models jukeII.jpg Thankfully the voting for the newest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition model ends tomorrow. I just don't know that I could take any more videos of beautiful women running around with a NIssan Juke. It's torture.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Who's Laughing Now?

March 04, 2011

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Proving that beauty is only skin deep is the Nissan Juke. Make fun of its looks all you want, but make sure you drive it before you pass final judgement. As you all know by now, we enjoy driving this sprightly little runabout and some of us are so taken by its charming personality that we can now overlook its frog-eyed expression. Heck, it seems that enough people overlook Ryan Seacrest's frog-eyed expression for him to make $15 mil a year hosting American Idol. But I digress...

For its first five months on the market, the Juke has tallied up 14,719 in sales. That averages out to 2,944 a month. So should the Juke maintain that pace, that would add up to 35,328 for the year. According to Erin's First Drive, Nissan was hoping to move 25,000 to 30,000 Jukes a year.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 2,257 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Crash Tests Plus Video

March 04, 2011

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When I see a car wreck out on the roads it usually makes me second guess my personal choices in transportation. Between a 54-year-old car, a Lotus that's glued together and a few motorcycles, I think responders would be more likely to use a wet/dry vacuum rather than the jaws of life to extricate me. Zipping around in the Juke, however, gave me a little comfort.

The Juke hasn't been crash tested by NHTSA or the IIHS yet -- or at least, the results aren't posted yet. The Euro NCAP results are in, though, and the Juke received a top five-star rating. Oh how I love slo-mo crash videos.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Design Inspiration

March 02, 2011

Yeah, our long-term 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD is a super urban-commuter, but its looks are controversial, to say the least.

Alfonso Albaisa, VP of Nissan Design Europe, breaks down the inspiration for the Juke's design and explains the target demographic, which I've been very curious about myself.

Albaisa said that the target demo is a 30-something active lifestyle guy with a love of motorbikes, dune buggies, and rally driving. Interesting.

And according to Albaisa, design influences include rally cars, motorbikes, the Nissan Z for the rear lamps, and the GT-R(!).

Whatever you think of the Juke, there's nothing on the road that looks like it, at least in The States.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~ 2,300 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Say Thanks to the Box

March 01, 2011

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Probably we should say thanks to the Box.

If you’re wondering where the Nissan Juke came from, look no further than the original Scion xB. The counterculture Toyota broke the mold of conventional automotive styling -- you know, the one that old designers use to bash the proposals of young designers until they fall in line.

Old designers hate it when someone reshapes the mold. It makes them run around with their hands in the air like old grannies, wailing about the impending decline of Western Civilization.

Once the mold has been broken, it’s finally okay for a young designer to make a car look exotic. That’s what the Scion xB really was — exotic. And that’s what cars like the Kia Soul, Nissan Cube, Mini, Smart Fortwo and the Juke want to be. They each succeed or fail on their own merits, but it’s really about being experimental, and it’s not about being cute or retro or like that.

The look of the Nissan Juke is totally not for me. It makes me want to run around wailing with my hands in the hair like an old grannie myself. But I like the way it’s pressing forward, something that too few cars do these days.

Meanwhile, Scion is sitting around, wondering which way everybody went. Wherever it is that things are happening in car culture, Scion is far away. It’s just too bad that the cars that original Scion xB made possible are all at other car companies.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 2,264 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke: iPhone 4-Ready

February 28, 2011

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Nissan put a nice, rubberized, grippy coating on this little shelf under the 2011 Juke's center stack. Good idea, of course, since the USB and aux inputs are right here. And wouldn't you know, an iPhone 4 fits perfectly here. If you have some gargantuan 'droid-based phone, well, it might not fit so well.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke: Is It Really on the Fringe, Really?

February 28, 2011

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Never fails. I give somebody a ride in the 2011 Nissan Juke, and they take up the first two minutes giving me a design review of the bodywork, the funny headlights, the waning crescent parking lights. Thanks. Now can we just drive?

See, when you start driving the Juke, it doesn't feel like it's on the fringe at all. And honestly, it has really opened my eyes to the weaknesses of the Mini Countryman.

Here's the deal. The Juke has a much more usable powerband. There's torque right away, right where you can use it in cutthroat traffic, and that's something the similar 0-60 times for the Juke and Countryman (both in the 7s) won't tell you. Yeah, the CVT takes some getting used to if you're used to doing your own shifting (as in our three-pedal Mini), but it does its job well even if you don't like the process of it.

Further, the Juke has a better ride. It's not a soft ride, but with go-flats instead of run-flats, and a (slightly) more relaxed approach to tuning the suspension, there's more cushioning over impacts.

Finally, the folding rear seats. I find myself using them frequently in both of these pint-size SUVs, and the Juke's go down more easily -- and go completely flat -- and there's no silly rail system getting in my way.

Yep, I could do with more steering feel from the Juke, but in everyday traffic, this little SUV is proving more endearing than I'd expected.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 2,245 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Mobile Etymology

February 25, 2011

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If there's an official story for how Nissan named the Juke, I haven't heard it yet, although I've read that it's a football allusion. I don't know from sports, but I play with words for a living, so here’s my free-association etymology for Juke, based on vehicle types of various sorts. Of course, this probably is nothing like how Nissan arrived at the monicker for its "bold urban sport cross." Or maybe it is.

Start with "ute," Aussie-speak for utility vehicle.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: The Airbag Seam

February 25, 2011

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I enjoy driving our long-term 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD. A lot. It's a great urban commuter that's quick and has sharp handling.

But I don't like the passenger side airbag. In most modern cars you can't even detect that a P-side airbag is in there if there wasn't a label. But our Juke has a huge, ugly seam that circumvents the bag.

So Old Skool.

It's as if to remind you not to pick your nose before that big rear-end crash.

Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ ~2,100 miles

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Swimsuit Model Inspires Car Buying?

February 24, 2011

For some reason Nissan decided to compare the 2011 Nissan Juke to a swimsuit model in its latest TV ad campaign, "Model vs. Model."

OK, the carmaker does have a reason. It's sponsoring Sports Illustrated's search for the next swimsuit issue model. However, some folks find the campaign offensive since a car's agility, acceleration, aerodynamics and curb appeal are being compared to that of a model. Yes, they actually have a bikini-clad model run through a slalom in her gold platform sandals. An unfair fight for sure.

But I'm just curious if these ads will in fact motivate anyone to buy the car. What say you?

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2011 Nissan Juke: In Color

February 23, 2011

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Isn't it nice to see a car in a vivid color? Check out the location of those rear door handles.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Is it Just the Lights?

February 17, 2011

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So there I was again, standing in my backyard, studying the long-term car of the day. I was pondering if it was just the lighting arrangement that draws so much fire. I began equating it to one of my favorite motorcycles -- the Triumph Speed Triple -- which is immensely fun to ride and, for the most part, quite attractive. But the headlights always seemed to bug me (for 2011, they changed them).

My curiosity ran amok, and I brought the Juke into my shop...Photoshop, that is. Click through to see if my tweaks are an improvement.

My first order of business was to get rid of the lights and fill the gaps with more grille. Whoa...I like! As Riz and JDP commented, it's reminiscent of the old Camaro RS. James was lobbying for the return of hidden headlights. In this case, I agree with him.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Thick Hips

February 16, 2011

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I agree with my colleagues who've already weighed in on the Juke: it's a fun, whippable little pod that somehow feels bigger and stronger than you'd expect. It's got quick reflexes and the CVT works with the turbocharged 1.6-liter better than that marriage might suggest (our experience with the Nissan Rogue CVT predisposing us to bias).

For some folks, the exterior styling ends the discussion. Can't say I blame them. Then again, I'd echo Niebuhr's Sonata sentiments on the Juke. Props to Nissan for presumably designing without reams of focus group insights. Why is it we moan the collective invisibility of the CamAccorLexMW's plying the roads, but then turn around and cap on models that poke at our tolerances?

Then again, a turd is a turd, and bad design can't simply be dismissed as bold experiment. But the Juke is not a turd. It's amphibian. It's Na'vian. Look at that thick slab of hips. The Juke feels like a car built with only a sketch idea of its buyer. Someone beyond the basic youth consumer profile who might gravitate to the styling, performance, tech interfaces, and the low/mid $20k price points (base MSRP on a Juke S is just under $19,000; our loaded long-term comes in just under $26,000).

Sure, some of the interior feels brittle and cheap. Some of the pieces look like they came from guys who do car audio installs for spring break events. But the seats are nice, especially in leather. For city dwellers, the Juke is a snap to park and slingshot around trawling obstacles. But most of all, it's simply got some character and its performance doesn't suck.

-Dan Frio, Automotive Editor

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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 vs Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models? Ok!

February 14, 2011

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Agility, Aerodynamics, Curb appeal and Acceleration. These are all good traits for a car to have. The 2011 Nissan Juke covers these bases fairly well (coefficient of drag is 0.35), but in these areas, how does it compare with some Sports Illustrated swimsuit models? And not just any models, but ones viying for your votes for a spot in the magazine. Confused? Don't be. Cars and models. Win-win.

Pick a favorite and cast your votes at http://www.SI.com/ModelSearch when it goes live tomorrow.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: More Interior Details

February 10, 2011

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The Juke's center console is red. Yes, red. Red like Superman's cape. Red like the dashboard of an overlowered Civic at Battle of the Imports. Gross, screaming, retina-piercing red.

But it's that second one that really kills me. I can't help but imagine some kid with spray paint, spikey hair and a little too much ambition going after this thing in his front yard. But it comes that way from the factory. What do you think?

More interior investigation after the jump.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Perceived Quality

February 09, 2011

I'll admit it. I have certain hang ups when it comes to quality. Knobs that move laterally are a big one for me. These are controls you touch virtually every time you get in the car. And when you can't turn them without noticing that they want to move in multiple dimensions, there's a problem. Also, the sound the shift-release button makes is cheap.

And another thing...

I don't like the fact that my first post on the Juke is critical. So here's some good news: This goofy little thing is actually fun to drive. It's got enough power to get out of its own way, there's reasonable control of the power through the continuously variable transmission's simulated manual mode and...it makes me want to rally.

We'll have a dirty editorial solution to that soon enough. Meanwhile, enjoy the powerslide in the middle of this funny Juke television spot.

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2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: What Does the World Think of it

February 08, 2011

OK, the 2011 Nissan Juke is still a brand-new car to the world but I was still able to find some commercials on it from around the globe. It's fun trying to figure out what they're trying to sell here.

Spain: "Little brothers are daring."

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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