The 2012 Nissan Juke, it looks like a 2-door coupe but has the functionality of a 4-door.
When the Nissan Juke was revealed, people couldn’t help but talk. It’ll make you look twice with its unique design, a sculpted hood and twin front lights inspired by rally cars, giving the Juke eyes after dark. With the best of both worlds, the Juke offers the look of a 2-door sport car and the functionality of 4-door. Rear door handles are subtly worked into the design keeping them out of sight and creating the sports-coupe sleekness. a subcompact hatchback that stands out in a segment where that’s not easily done.
Under the tough skin, the 2012 Nissan Juke holds some surprising cards. A small 1.6L four-cylinder engine is standard, but thanks to turbocharging and direct injection it cranks out 188hp. Connected to a manual transmission or an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), the four-cylinder turbo makes the Juke one of the quickest, small cars around while being a gas conservative. The Juke boasts a sport-tuned suspension, quick steering and an available torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system that combine to provide entertaining handling.
The underlying structure is related to Nissan’s other small cars. Plus, plenty of high-end features such as standard Bluetooth and iPod integration and available keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated seats, a navigation system and a back-up camera. It is available with instrument display similar to the Nissan GT-R; it lets you adjust the calibration of throttle action, steering assist and transmission shift schedule as well as seeing various readouts like turbo boost or lateral g.
A front-wheel-drive Juke with the CVT went from zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds, and impressively quick time for this class of car. The Juke’s EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings range from 24-27 mpg city and 30-32 mpg highway depending on the drivetrain.
Young drivers and the young at heart should find a lot of likable qualities in the 2012 Nissan Juke. Compared to other small hatchbacks, it offers considerably higher fun factor.
The four-door hatchback is available in three trim levels: base S, the well-equipped SV and the leather-lined SL. Standard equipment includes 17” alloy wheels, full power accessories, cruise control, keyless entry, air-conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a tilt steering wheel, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity and a six-speaker stereo and CD player, iPod integration, an auxiliary audio jack and steering-wheel-mounted controls.
For some the 2012 Nissan Juke appearances may not be a perfect fit but it does own the market among the young at heart and definitely its qualities will grow on you given the chance.