2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD: Track Tested
March 20, 2011
By now it seems like almost everyone is over the froggy, concept car looks of the 2011 Nissan Juke. Part of that has to do with the Juke being a darned good place to spend time and a fun partner on a twisty road.
But twisty roads have limitations like speed limits, other drivers and the occasional cliff. Our testing facility, however, has none of those limitations and is the perfect place to see how our Nissan Juke stacks up in 0-60, quarter mile, slalom, skidpad and braking.
188 horsepower, 3,170 pounds, AWD...Follow the jump to see how it did.
Vehicle: 2011 Nissan Juke SL AWD
Driver: Mike Monticello
Drive Type: Transverse, front-engine, all-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Pulley-regulated continuously variable transmission with console shifter with Sport mode
Engine Type: DOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,599/98
Redline (rpm): 6,500
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 188 @ 5,600
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 177 @ 2,000
Brake Type (front): 11.7-inch vented discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brake Type (rear): 11.5 -inch one-piece solid cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Steering System: Electric speed-proportional rack and pinion power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent MacPherson struts, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Suspension Type (rear): Mullti-link, coil springs, stabilizer bar
Tire Size (front): P215/55R17 93V
Tire Size (rear): P215/55R17 93V
Tire Brand: Goodyear
Tire Model: Eagle RS-A
Tire Type: All Season
Wheel size: 17-by-7 inches front and rear
Wheel material (front/rear): Cast aluminum
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,170
0-30 (sec): 2.9 (3.5 with T/C on)
0-45 (sec): 4.9 (5.5 with T/C on)
0-60 (sec): 7.4 (8.1 with T/C on)
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec): 7.1 (7.7 with T/C on)
0-75 (sec): 10.9 (11.8 with T/C on)
1/4-Mile (sec @ mph): 15.5 @ 88.9 (16.1 @ 87.8 with T/C on)
30-0 (ft): 32
60-0 (ft): 122
Slalom (mph): 67.3 (61.8 with T/C on)
Skid Pad Lateral acceleration (g): 0.84 (0.84 with T/C on)
Db @ Idle: 39.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 74.0
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 65.8
RPM @ 70: 2,300
Acceleration: Extremely laggard-like off the line, then moves smartly once turbo spools up. Sport mode proved no quicker than normal as it uses shift points instead of holding the revs high like in CVT/rubber band mode. Quickest run was in normal, ESC off and some power braking. Once the CVT gets to 6,500, it holds the revs there. Manual shifting via console lever; does not hold gears, blips throttle on downshifts.
Braking: Minimal nosedive, yet the rears would still lock up slightly, causing the car to squirm to the right. Stops with violent motions like its diving then squatting over and over. Good pedal feel. The travel didn't lengthen any, but each stop proved longer than the last.
Handling: (done in AWD) Skidpad: ESC-on / ESC-off numbers identical, as the stability system hardly cut in at all. I had to work the throttle on and off even with the system on as the ESC would let it understeer off the circle before it would finally cut in. Slalom: ESC can be fully defeated -- nice. Steering is very quick and the Juke changes direction well, feels like it has a relatively low center of gravity. Short wheelbase also helps it sneak around the cones. ESC-on was frustrating, though, as it added so much brake at times that it would force the Juke to drive straight instead of completing the turn.
EDIT: And here's a link to our full test of a front wheel drive Nissan Juke for comparison. Speed read: 0-60: 7.3 (7.0 w/ro); Quarter: 15.5 @ 89.9 ; slalom 66.2; skidpad 0.83.