The front-wheel-drive Nissan Juke has two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The 188-horsepower base engine provides zippy acceleration. The performance-oriented Juke Nismo instead produces 197 horsepower. An automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual gearbox is available on front-wheel drive SV, SL, and Nismo trims. All-wheel drive is available on all trims.
With the automatic transmission, the base Juke gets up to 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are among the best fuel economy estimates for any SUV.
Behind the wheel, the Juke offers sharp steering and agile handling. However, its sporty performance makes for a stiff ride. If you want even sharper driving dynamics don’t mind the harsh ride, consider the Juke Nismo. It has a sport-tuned suspension for nimbler cornering ability.
The Nissan Juke seats five in two rows. Its cabin features distinctive, sporty styling and user-friendly tech features. However, it’s made with mostly low-rent materials. As with most subcompact SUVs, the Juke has just enough front-seat space for average-size adults. The back seats are cramped, providing little headroom due to a low roofline. Each of the rear outboard seats have a full set of LATCH connectors for child safety seats, and the middle seat has a tether-only connection. The Nissan Juke has up to 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on the small side for the class.
Standard features in the 2013 Juke include an auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Some models may come with navigation, a USB port, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, or proximity key with push-button start.