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!
The Juke is a tiny crossover that looks like a cyborg frog. Yes. We've known that for years. Get over it. Appreciate it for what it is. A ridiculously fun to drive, easy to park, efficient, weather-versatile vehicle. It has a small interior that "seats" 5 but only if the backseat is occupied by kids, supermodels, or thin people. 6 footers won't have much legroom, but if you frequently drive around tall people, DON'T BUY A TINY VEHICLE. Get a Rogue, it has tons of legroom, and is much more boring to drive. The Juke has plenty of shortcomings, but for single people or childless married couples or small (in size) families it's fine. Being a tiny SUV makes it super easy to park, especially with Nissan's awesome around view camera system (on SL models). It's fairly fuel efficient, the Rockford Fosgate sound system has lots of bass, the touchscreen Nav is easy to use, and the I-CON system is fun to play with. The Turbo really kicks in around 2500 RPM and stays strong to around 5500 RPM. Now to explain the bad things.
The door panels are cheap, like one step above the Versa. Which is pathetic for a $27k vehicle. The Sentra, for $6-10k less, has a higher quality interior overall. The dash and console trim are okay, but could be better. The optional armrest should be standard. The car is sometimes too tiny. Headroom in the backseats is suitable for a 6 footer, but not legroom. The Versa, again, at nearly half the price, offers an armrest for the rear seats. The Juke doesn't.
While the Rockford Fosgate sound system has great bass, the mids are just average and the highs lacking.
The AWD model's 11.5 gallon fuel tank is inconvenient, as it's hard to make it to 300 miles on one tank.
The biggest issue to me is the lack of a telescoping steering wheel. It's like the seating position was designed by literal monkeys. You either long-arm the steering wheel to drive with your legs in comfort, or scoot up two or three clicks on the seat track and have your knees and ankles feel uncomfortable after half an hour.
The shortcomings don't take much from the whole package though. The Juke is a nice vehicle.
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.