Traded in my Nissan Xterra for the Juke. I have a 100 mile daily commute and the Xterra was way too expensive to drive. Just happened to find the juke which meets the same needs I had with my Xterra, a vehicle to take skiing and load my kayaks on. My Juke Box has been great!! I'm getting about 29 mph, it's a lot more comfortable then my Xterra, and with the sport option its great when I need to pass in traffic. I love this little car, and all the looks I get when driving it!
I have a 2011 Juke and recently the timing chain broke causing engine damage to the point that the engine needs to be replaced. I have 75000 miles on it due to my job requiring travel. Nissan told me that it is a good car and can handle anything I throw at it. NIssan has agreed to pay for the engine and parts but want me to pay for labor. I am caught over a barrel on this one. The new engine is only covered for 12 months or 12000 miles. This is the first nissan I have ever owned and I promise it will be the last.
I've owned 5 Jeeps. I like the outdoors. But I've also owned a Mustang GT covertible, Camaro and Celica GT convertible. I like sporty intentions. But most recently, I owned a Vibe for it's thrifty gas mileage and unimaginable practicality. Some how, in a mash up of odds and angles and curves, all those vehicles were combined into one ... and it works! Slide behind the wheel, and it feels sporty. Suddenly, you start noticing the cues all over. Put it in motion, and it feels the perfect height. Rally cross comes to mind. Like you can carve up a twisty mountain road until the pavement ends, and not even slow down as you dig into a good two-track. And I don't have to feel gas-guilty.
I purchased my Juke a few days ago and have been pleasantly suprised by this car. I have been wanting a Mini since they came out again but too many maintenance issues (Transmissions going out) and having to take it to a BMW dealership for service (1 1/2 hours away). The styling is love or hate but in my opinion very cool!! If you drive it right and keep premium fuel in the vehicle your will get good mileage (K&N air filter will help also). I am currently getting about 27 MPG just tooling around enjoying the car. Seating is good for my family and the interior is comfortable and fun.
There is a lot about this car I really like. Styling. Fun to drive. And they REALLY missed the mark in a couple of key areas. The fuel economy is killing me. I am a 70-mph highway driver, and at 4,000-plus miles this vehicle gets 20-22 mpg. My Audi A5 got 29-30 mpg in the same driving conditions, and my 2006 Cadillac Escalade, with 118,000 miles got 17-18 mpg. This single issue may cause me to sell this car by spring if it does not improve. I am an EASY driver. Tires and brakes normally last 60k - 70k miles with me. Slow stops and starts. And I drive 3,000-plus miles per month. So with an EPA rating of 25/30, this disappointment is major. And on premium fuel.
Pulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter with sport mode
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
With trac on and in Drive, the CVT seems to take its time reaching redline; in manual mode the rpm ramps up much quicker (6,000 rpm by 40 rather than 60 mph). But the faux "shifts" eliminate most advantage gained. Best run was manual until redline then shifting back to Drive for remainder of run. A little noisy, but not like it's going to throw a rod -- sporty.
Medium-effort pedal, some initial wander to the right but average performance otherwise. Adequate fade resistance.
Slalom: With ESC off the Juke is shockingly, rewardingly willing to be chucked between the cones. Easy to place next to a cone, then lift gas to rotate, then back on throttle. Repeat. This sort of dexterity is usually found in a Mazda 3 or Mini Cooper. With ESC on, only slight corrections are made and control is quickly returned to the driver. Excellent ESC. Skid pad: With ESC off, the Juke responds well to throttle, altering course and balancing between understeer and mild oversteer. Well-tuned system. With ESC on, the system pulls down throttle to mitigate understeer. Steering feel is slightly springy and comfortably weighted.