Let me say I live in New Jersey and our winter's can be brutal or mild you never know. In the past I've had cars that were just terrible in snow and ice so much that I'd lose days at work because driving was just not an option. So I decided that I finally was going to buy either a Jeep Wrangler or something with AWD. After going to Jeep and they not being willing to come even close to my price range, I decided to take a look at the Nissan Juke. I was sceptical because it looks like an insect and rather small inside but when I walked into the dealership there is was in the color I loved fully loaded so I drove it and bought it. We've now had 2 good snow storms and last night I really tested my Juke in the snow. Drove on one of the worst mountainess roads in the middle of a snow storm and it being 16 degrees. As nervous as I was my Juke didn't skip a beat, not one time did it slide, loose grip or anything. I drove for 4 hours and nothing, drove perfectly in AWD. So I have to say I am completely pleased with my Juke and the AWD.
800 miles so far. The manual shift mode is great allows you to downshift without hitting the gas and run thru the simulated gears. I have run sport mode briefly, basically it kicks up the CVT 1,000 RPM's and you get a lot more torque, but the gas bill will skyrocket! I am getting somewhere around 30 mpg which is great. The seats are firm as is the ride, the tires are great. I'm single and not concerned the back seat is cramped (so is the new Jeep Renegade's, I picked to Juke over that for performance reasons). All in all I am happy. Waiting on y new K&N air filter to further enhance performance. I run premium gas, it does a better job and I am not concerend about the extra expense at 30 mpg.
I drive 150 miles a day, and this great car makes it easy. Passing on the interstate is never an issue, just tap that gas peddle and she zooms. The Juke is not for tall or large in stature people though, it fits me perfect but I am 4'10 , my son had a hard time getting in...he's 6'2. She does amazing in the Colorado rain and snow, driving in the mountains is easier with fantastic handling and maneuverability. Storage is limited, but I added my own, some of the knobs and trim are cheaply made, but with just me in it, I won't have a problem. I absolutely love this zippy fun AWD crossover, perfect for a commuter!
I have driven BMWs, Toyotas, and all the rest and the 2011 JUKE has been the best car for me. I have 30k miles on it and literally have not had a single issue. This car handles great, has super pick up and power and is by far the most reliable car I have ever owned. Hats off to Nissan on this one! They did everything right. And by the way, I am 6'5"and my son is 6'6" and the front seats leave plenty of room. Buy what you want, but at least I told you my JUKE story.
The car drives good, and it is fun to drive as well. Dealer support (Auto Nation in Miami, FL) was non-existent; had to get service from a different, and very good, local Nissan dealer (Bill S.). At 10 months and 11000 miles, the intake manifold had to be replaced at no cost (other than the toll cost of the loaner provided by the dealer); it took several trips to the dealer to determine what the problem was, and about 7 days to get the whole thing resolved. I should have gone with the much more technologically developed CX-3 (Mazda) or the BMW X1. Thinking about changing the Yuke by 2018-2019, if not before.