2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever
November 01, 2011
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.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor