2017 Nissan Juke Review
Pros & Cons
- Lively acceleration compared to other cars in the segment
- Tight, sporty handling that makes it fun to drive
- Sophisticated all-wheel-drive system for a car in this class
- Extensive color customization options
- Limited rear passenger headroom, legroom and cargo space
- Unique styling translates into poor rear visibility
- Doesn't ride as comfortably as some other subcompact crossovers
- Cheap-feeling interior plastic trim
List Price Range
$16,250 - $28,988
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Which Juke does Edmunds recommend?
For 2017, we like the midlevel Nissan Juke SV with all-wheel drive. The price jumps up a few hundred dollars from 2016, but you now get heated front seats and heated outside mirrors standard. We'd add the Tech package mainly for the Around View Monitor with moving-object detection because of the Juke's poor rear visibility. We also like the factory-installed front armrest for that extra bit of storage space. We don't really see the need to spend money for the SL trim's leather upholstery, and the Nismo models' suspension is too firm for comfortable daily driving.
Edmunds' Expert Review
The Juke Nismo never feels overly quick, yet its acceleration is more like a car's than a small SUV's. Handling is decent, but we expected better from the Nismo version. With an easy clutch and shifter, the manual transmission is easy to live with.
A slightly stiffer suspension and high-performance tires give the Juke Nismo a harsher ride than the regular model. The fantastically comfortable and supportive sport seats partially make up for the harshness, and the lack of road noise is impressive.
Like its exterior, the Juke's cabin is a bit overstyled. Combining the climate controls with the drive mode selector is somewhat unintuitive and requires extra steps. There's plenty of headroom up front, less in the rear, and the sloping roof means cargo space is limited.
Utility is where the Juke falls slightly behind the competition with a tiny cargo storage area and limited small item storage in the cabin.
|Overall||3.5 / 5|
Most helpful consumer reviews
SL 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I bought this 2015 Nissan Juke SL as a replacement for my 2012 JUKE SL that was totaled in an accident (not of my making) on 2/15/2017. It has taken this long to find the close replacement car, and even though it doesn't have awd, as my 2012 JUKE SL did, in NC it is not as necessary as it was in CO at 8600 ft elevation. I think Nissan has made a big mistake in discontinuing this model car and that they just did a poor job of marketing it plus having named it badly. This car is so much fun to drive and has good acceleration with the turbo along with fantastic fuel economy. I always considered it to be "my porche 911" wanna be (poor girl's porche) and it never disappointed. I drove it from mountains of CO to mountains (albeit smaller mountains) of NC (~ 1500 miles) with my adult son, my Newfi (110lbs) and my terrier mix rescue plus car full of literal baggage) very comfortably. I love, love, love this car and have owned many cars, including BMW, AUDI, GMC, FORD (trucks and Mustang), FIAT (spider and sedan a million years ago, when it was Fiat), but none are as much fun and as economical to drive as my turbo Juke SL. They really needed to have called it something else - works for me because my last name is FUCHS, so it was Fuchs' JUKE or the FUCHS JUKE. But really, for the population at large, it was the wrong name for a car model.
SV 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I purchased a brand new Juke SV in 2015. It had lots of goodies that made it fun, however, 31 average miles to the gallon city, ability to be in 2WD, 4WD, and AWD, and really fun colors, made it even sweeter. I was recently in a rollover accident, and my poor baby gave her life for me. Safety is top notch.I walked away with only bumps and bruises! No problems with it ever at just under 40,000 miles. WHY did Nissan stop making it? It was quirky, fun, different, so fun to drive, easy handling, and really had pep when you needed without being in sport mode. Having a dickens of a time finding a replacement vehicle. I am updating this review one year after my accident. I still miss that vehicle. If Nissan ever brings it back, I will buy one. This is now my second update. I purchased a VW Beetle, and while fun, just can't compare. Now searching for a used Juke with low mileage. Realized that Juke is still made in Europe! Wish it was here.
SV 4dr Hatchback (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
I kid you not, I've been in two fender benders since owning this car (one in front, one in back), and both times the other car's fender has crumpled like a soda can, and I've sustained no more damage than a few paint scratches.
SV 4dr Hatchback AWD (1.6L 4cyl Turbo CVT)
It’s just a little rough riding not bad though
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Juke models:
- Around View Monitor w/ Object Detection
- Creates a bird's-eye view of the immediate surroundings to aid in parking.
- Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive
- Automatically moves power between the front and rear wheels as well as between the left and right rear wheels to maximize traction
- Siri Eyes Free
- Controls Siri-equipped iPhones through the audio system to lessen driver distraction.