2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Cool but Useless G Meter
February 07, 2011
First off, wow. The Juke is a fun car to buzz around in. I thought I'd be busier watching people on the street recoil in horror to the oddly styled nose of the Juke. Instead, I was braking late and picking-off apexes. Then I found the G-meter...
Our beloved GT-R had a G-meter, as well as a host of other performance logging devices -- and it made sense in that car. The Juke? Not so much. In here, it seems like a novelty -- and a rather optimistic one, at that.
Here's why I can't take it seriously. It doesn't have any kind of measurable result. There's nothing on screen that shows how much cornering force there is. There's no "1" marker or smaller increments, nor is there a numerical readout. There's also no logging, so you can't see what the peak g-force is unless you're watching the screen. And that screen is way down by the gear selector.
So really, this cool little G-meter is just a distraction for passengers -- something to grab their attention while the madman driver saws away feverishly at the wheel. And I'm OK with that -- mostly because the car is so fun to drive. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it will be the surprise hit of the summer (at least in our long-term fleet). Watch out Countryman, the Juke's gunning for your spot.
Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 1,393 miles