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.