2016 Nissan Juke Review
2016 Nissan Juke Review
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- Lively performance
- sporty handling
- unique interior/exterior color customization options
- available all-wheel drive.
- Not much cargo capacity
- limited rear head- and legroom
- poor rear visibility
- lots of hard plastic trim
- relatively stiff ride.
Two special-edition "Stinger" models are available, one in black with yellow accented mirrors, door handles, interior trim and stitching and the other yellow with black exterior accents and yellow interior treatment. Siri Eyes Free is also a new standard feature in S, SV and SL trims.
It might not be love at first sight, but a drive in the 2016 Nissan Juke will have you seeing the inner beauty of Nissan's feisty hatchback/crossover creation.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2016 Nissan Juke S 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.92 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$164/mo for Juke S
Avg. Compact Car
The Nissan Juke makes no apologies for its controversial styling, which is a part of its appeal. Nissan took it a step further in 2015, introducing a new Color Studio program that allows you to mix and match colors like an unsupervised kid at a soda fountain. Think what you will about the Juke's styling; the bottom line is it's one of the most capable performers in the compact crossover segment, which means big fun in the driver seat.
The 2016 Nissan Juke is a visual standout for this class.
A lot of what makes the Juke so enjoyable is what lies beneath the surface, namely a healthy turbocharged engine that is powerful yet efficient. An available all-wheel-drive system with genuine rear-axle torque-vectoring means the Juke can vary power delivery between the front and rear axles as well as the left and right rear wheels for optimum traction. A taut suspension makes for great handling when the roads start to curve and there are even 7 inches of ground clearance to help keep the body free of scrapes on rough roads. One of the few downsides to the Juke is interior space. Rear passenger legroom and cargo space aren't very generous, so if you often carry a full passenger load, the Juke will feel cramped.
If space is a concern, you might consider the more space-efficient 2016 Chevrolet Trax or 2016 Honda HR-V, both of which offer a big jump in rear passenger legroom and cargo space. If you just can't get past the Juke's exterior styling, then the sleek and sporty 2016 Mazda CX-3 is a good alternative for someone who values a sporty driving experience. Or if off-roading is more in line with your lifestyle, we'd recommend checking out the 2016 Jeep Renegade, specifically the Trailhawk trim.
Performance & mpg
The 2016 Nissan Juke features a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline four-cylinder engine that produces 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. The Juke Nismo has the same engine, but the Nismo RS gets an upgraded version good for 215 hp and 210 lb-ft (front-wheel drive) or 211 hp and 184 lb-ft (all-wheel drive).
Even the entry-level 2016 Juke features strong turbocharged power.
A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is standard on the S, SV and SL trims. The Nismo and Nismo RS offer a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or the CVT. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all CVT-equipped trims can also be had with all-wheel drive.
In Edmunds testing, a front-wheel-drive Juke with the CVT went from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, an impressively quick time for this category. An all-wheel-drive model was essentially just as quick, and a six-speed manual Nismo even quicker at 6.9 seconds.
EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Juke is 30 mpg in combined driving (28 city/32 highway) with front-wheel drive and the CVT. Opting for AWD drops those numbers to 28 mpg combined (26 city/31 highway). The Nismo model equipped with the six-speed manual gets the best highway fuel economy with 30 mpg combined (28 city/34 highway). The higher-output Nismo RS is rated at 27 mpg combined (25/31) with the manual transmission and 27 mpg combined (25/29) with the automatic and AWD.
All 2016 Nissan Juke models come with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, a rearview camera, active front head restraints (not equipped on Nismo RS models with Recaro seats), dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags.
In Edmunds brake testing, the Juke stopped from 60 mph in 123 feet, which is an average distance for a vehicle in this segment. The Nismo, with its performance-oriented tires, was notably better at 114 feet.
In government crash tests, the Juke received four out of five stars for overall crash protection, with three stars for total frontal-impact protection (four stars, driver; three stars, front passenger), five stars for total side-impact protection and four stars for rollover protection.
Thanks to the Juke's multiple drive modes, it can provide relaxed responses to your inputs that maximize fuel economy when cruising, or sharpen everything up when you're on a fun back road.
If you're looking for driving entertainment in this class, the 2016 Nissan Juke remains a top contender.
The Juke's steering is nicely weighted, even if it doesn't provide the best road communication, and the standard suspension skews toward the sporting side. The ride quality is passable over smooth pavement, though it can feel stiff-legged over bumps compared with more family-oriented crossovers. A decent amount of suspension travel and ground clearance allows it to handle rough roads without scraping anything. There is some noticeable wind and tire noise at highway speeds, but most buyers should find it tolerable, especially given the car's sporting bent.
Although the Nismo Juke has the same engine as the normal version, it manages to shave a couple tenths off its 0-60-mph run with its easy-shifting six-speed manual transmission. Its sport suspension, paired with grippier summer tires, also makes it slightly more entertaining to drive quickly. An extra 27 hp and 33 lb-ft of torque should make this Juke RS more of a rival to high-performance hot hatches like the Ford Focus ST, Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI.
The 2016 Nissan Juke's cabin is nearly as aggressively styled as its exterior. There are a lot of organic curves and body-colored surfaces, while silver accents add cheerful ambience. Unfortunately there's no shortage of hard plastic surfaces, reminding you of the car's budget price tag. On the other hand, the Juke's controls are large and easy to operate, and the cabin features lots of thoughtful storage compartments.
The front seats are comfortable, with substantial side bolsters well suited to enthusiastic driving. A steering wheel that tilts but doesn't telescope can make it harder for some drivers to get comfortable, though, while a shortage of rear legroom makes the backseat better suited to smaller folks or kids.
The Juke's cargo area offers a paltry 10.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 36 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down. By comparison, the Honda HR-V provides 24.3 cubic feet behind the second row and the Jeep Renegade 18.5 cubic feet. Even the more compact Mazda CX-3 has 12.4 cubic feet of cargo, or 44.5 cubic feet total with the seats folded.
2016 Nissan Juke models
The 2016 Nissan Juke is available in five trim levels: base S, well-equipped SV and SL and sportier Nismo and Nismo RS.
Standard equipment on the entry-level S model includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, air-conditioning, keyless ignition and entry, full power accessories, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, cloth upholstery, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a 5-inch color monitor, Siri Eye Free iPhone integration, CD player, a USB/iPod interface and a hands-free texting assistant.
The midrange SV adds a sunroof, rear privacy glass, automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, satellite radio and the I-Con system, which provides three drive mode settings (Eco, Normal, Sport) that alter throttle, steering and transmission (on CVT-equipped models) responsiveness.
Available all-wheel drive can help you get to some out-of-the-way locations.
The optional Tech package gets you a navigation system with a 5.8-inch color touchscreen, Nissan Connect smartphone app integration, a 360-degree "around-view" camera system (with moving vehicle detection), plus an upgraded Rockford Fosgate audio system with a subwoofer. The Cold Weather package includes heated front seats and heated exterior mirrors.
The SL comes standard with all of the above plus automatic headlights, foglights and leather upholstery.
Juke Nismo models include all the equipment from the SL along with a sportier suspension and tuning calibrations, 18-inch alloy wheels, summer tires, unique exterior and interior styling details, front sport seats and a steering wheel wrapped in leather and synthetic suede.
The Nismo RS goes even further, with a more powerful engine, a limited-slip differential (FWD only), bigger brakes, more aggressive suspension and steering tuning, Recaro front sport seats covered in leather and synthetic suede and simulated carbon-fiber trim on the dash.
Options, depending on trim level, include different wheels, a front center armrest, illuminated door sill plates and the Juke Color Studio, which allows one to mix and match colors for the body, wheels, mirrors, door handles, side sills and rear spoiler.
It's worth noting that the Juke Nismo and Nismo RS models are not offered with heated seats or mirrors, or a power sunroof.
3.8 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4 out of 5 stars
SNOW NO PROBLEM!!!!
2015 Nissan Juke SV 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Amazing for the price!
Jeremy C, 12/08/2016
2016 Nissan Juke S 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I LOVE MY JUKE!!! I realize this car won't be for everyone so let's get the obvious negatives out of the way first; Cargo space is limited (but there is a split folding for extra room). The back seat is not for adults especially on longer journeys (headroom as well as leg room will be tight). There is a blind spot that requires more attention when you are changing lanes. The ride is … a little stiff and road noise can be annoying at times. Now let's get to the good stuff! This car is sporty, really sporty. The 4 cylinder turbo charged engine will do 0-60 in 7 secs, this would rival some 2 door coupes. The CVT is responsive and I have no trouble accelerating when I want to, and there is an option to shift up or down via the center gear lever (if you want/need to have that control). The steering is right on point and super responsive, and you can "feel the road" in the steering wheel. I live in Colorado and the Juke is a blast in the snow! It has 7 inches of clearance so you won't have to worry about "plowing" through deep snow with your front end and the AWD works like a champ. The AWD does everything I could ask it to and you can switch it to FWD only if you want to save on gas mileage. Speaking of gas mileage, I average 34 MPG in this thing, and I live in the city. The bluetooth as well as the voice command system work well and calls through the speaker system come in clear. Bottomline: I have two young kids and came from a coupe. Having 4 doors as great and they will not outgrow the back seats for at least 6 or 7 years from now. I don't need a lot of cargo space (we have my wife's vehicle for that). For me this car is a perfect combination of what I want. It is fun, great on gas, amazing in the snow, and reliable (10yr/100,000 mile bumper to bumper and lifetime powertrain warranties). If you are looking for a vehicle to commute in that looks fantastic, you will not find ANYTHING else that is this good for the price you pay!
4.63 out of 5 stars
My 2015 Juke SV
2015 Nissan Juke SV 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Git up and gooo!
2015 Nissan Juke S 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
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!
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2016 Nissan Juke, so we've included reviews for other years of the Juke since its last redesign.
2016 Juke Highlights
|Combined MPG||30 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$164/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall3 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger3 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat4 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover15.9%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestPoor
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood