2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Nice Seats, Etc
September 15, 2011
I commute more than 100 miles every time I drive to the office and back. It's a haul. As a result, and because I'm becoming a sissy in my old age, I find myself gravitating toward the easiest cars to drive in traffic.
Combine that with my four-strong family and I too often shy away from the smaller cars in the fleet. But I really like the Juke. And that favor starts with the seats.
These buckets, for me, offer a perfect balance of comfort and support in a bizarre machine like this. No, they're not cloth so drive too aggressively and you'll need to hold yourself in place. But this isn't a car so lateral loading is limited. And there's enough bolstering to keep me in place when I find the rare unclogged on-ramp. Plus, the leather is holding up well. This is the outermost bolster on the driver's side where our butts rub every time we climb in or out. And it's looking virtually new at more than 11,000 miles.
Also, and I've said this before, the Juke is actually fun to drive. I drive it infrequently enough to forget this between visits. It's not underpowered, has reasonably quick steering and decent spring and damping rates. There's even some ground clearance. In fact, this thing is probably really fun in the dirt. Which gives me an idea...
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor