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2011 Nissan JUKE

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2011 Nissan JUKE Review

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Intent on expanding its presence in the increasingly popular compact crossover market with a vehicle that stands out from an admittedly formidable pack, Nissan created the new 2011 Juke. While over-the-top exterior styling is the most blatant tipoff to its unconventional approach, this versatile five-door hauler also packs a potent turbocharged engine and enthusiast-oriented suspension that are impressively complemented by a megaload of primo features. As its final ace in the hole, Nissan's bold attempt to win the hearts – and wallets – of young and primarily male active lifestylers, opens at a sub-$20,000 price point. In the case of the entry-level front-drive Juke S, that figure includes a standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). Even the range-topping leather-lined and fully loaded all-wheel-drive Juke SL barely cracks the $25K mark.

You'll Like This Car If...

Love being the center of attention and hate misplacing your ride in a crowded parking lot? The 2011 Nissan Juke could well be your personal dream machine. It's also destined to score big with anyone seeking a high-content transport module that delivers a world-class combination of fun and affordability.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who lean towards more traditional styling or would prefer to sacrifice a bit of performance for an added measure of economy could well find a more compatible runningmate in Juke alternatives like the Kia Soul, Mazda3, Scion xB, Suzuki SX4 and Toyota Matrix. The upcoming MINI Cooper Countryman also figures to be a prime potential rival.

What's Significant About This Car?

The 2011 Nissan Juke's in-your-face combination of avant-garde styling, high-intensity powertrain and a sport-tuned suspension coupled with its very attractive price-to-packaging ratio add unexpected dimension – and desirability – to what, at its core, remains an extremely practical compact crossover.

Driving the JUKE

Driving Impressions Based on a modified version of Nissan's highly-respected B-platform that also underpins the Cube and LEAF models, the 2011 Nissan Juke is an exercise in confident control. Although some may...

rightfully ding the ride for being a tad harsh over rough pavement, body roll is impressively curtailed and its decently-sorted electric power steering, wider front/rear track dimensions and healthy wheel/tire fitment help ensure the Juke feel equally at home whether zipping through the twisties or cruising down a freeway. Opting for the sophisticated "intelligent" all-wheel drive package that includes class-exclusive rear torque-vectoring capability also trades the base torsion-beam rear axle for a multi-link design that further enhances the Juke's already impressive cornering prowess. However, stability/traction control and antilock disc brakes are standard across the lineup. Finally, its slightly elevated driving position, generously proportioned side mirrors and good driver sightlines make the Juke easy to maneuver in all but the tightest confines.

I-CON (Advanced-Integrated Control) system interface
Standard on the Juke SV and SL, Nissan's slick I-CON interface/display toggles between "Climate" and "D-mode," each with its own specific graphics. In the former, I-CON commands all heat/air functions while the latter features Normal/Sport/Eco settings that appropriately revise the electronic mapping for throttle response, transmission shifts and steering feel.

Intelligent AWD with Torque Vectoring
Available on all three Juke trim levels, Nissan's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system can create up to a 50/50 front/rear power split and also distribute torque from side to side on the rear axle to improve handling and reduce understeer when cornering.

2011 Nissan JUKE Details
2011 Nissan JUKE photo Interior

Despite a dearth of soft-touch secondary surfaces, the 2011 Nissan Juke's relatively spacious and well-finished cabin is loaded with visual flair and welcome functionality. A thick-rimmed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and well-bolstered front buckets team well with its driver-friendly dash layout and legible main gauge cluster. The high-rise center console design ideally positions the Juke's shift lever and is contoured like a motorcycle gas tank to serve as an effective leg support. Scaled to accommodate average-sized adults, the 60/40 rear seat folds flat to bump cargo space from 10.5 to 35.9 cubic feet. Front-drive models also offer a hidden stow space under the cargo floor.

Exterior
2011 Nissan JUKE photo

A blatant love-it-or-hate-it proposition, the Juke's sheetmetal defiantly blazes a visual trail where other competitors arguably – and perhaps prudently – fear to tread. Up front, prominent low-mount headlamps and bulgy running/marker units that sit atop boldly arched fenders give it a decidedly not-of-this-world face. In profile, the Juke's muscular side contouring, fall-away roofline and wedge-shaped greenhouse create a genuinely interesting look that resolves into a Murano-meets-Volvo C30 tail treatment capped with a decently sized single-piece hatch. Rounding out the mix on all three Juke trim levels (S/SL/SV) are 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 215/55 V-rated all-season tires.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Every 2011 Nissan Juke variant comes packed with desirable features. Beyond first-rate powertrain/suspension/vehicle dynamics elements shared with its SV/SL kin, even the base "S-spec" nets Nissan's Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) plus power windows/lock/mirrors, air conditioning, six-speaker audio, iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, cruise control, keyless remote entry, a multifunction steering wheel, trip computer, vehicle security/immobilizer systems and front/front-side/side-curtain airbags. The SV adds premium upholstery cloth, a power moonroof, automatic climate control, I-CON multifunction controller, subscription-based XM Satellite Radio, a USB port and privacy glass, while SL trim includes the Navigation Package, leather upholstery, heated front seats, the RearView Monitor system, fog lamps, and auto on/off headlights.

Optional Equipment

Nissan's decision to develop three definitive variations on the Juke theme keeps the formal extras list on each to a minimum. The sole choice for Juke S buyers consists of front-drive or all-wheel drive. At SV level, that list expands to include swapping its standard six-speed manual transmission for the CVT and adding the Navigation Package that brings an SD card-based navigation system with 5.0-inch color LCD screen, a speaker upgrade with Rockford Fosgate subwoofers and USB connectivity. The fully-loaded SL limits its configuration alternatives to front/AWD and/or 6M/CVT transmissions.

Under the Hood

All versions of the 2011 Nissan Juke are fitted with the automaker's new 1.6-liter "DIG" (Direct Injection Gasoline) in-line four-cylinder that boasts the holy trinity of modern engine tech – direct fuel injection, turbocharging/intercooling and variable camshaft timing (here on both the intake and exhaust side) to deliver an impressive mix of performance and economy. Generating a stout 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque from 2,000-5,200 revs, it matches well with the CVT (which includes S-mode that serves up six "virtual" gears) and the six-speed manual gearbox, and can comfortably handle the added weight of the all-wheel-drive system. A manual-equipped front-drive Juke can sprint to 60 mph in around seven seconds, while the CVT and AWD each add about a half tick each to that baseline figure.

1.6-liter turbocharged/intercooled in-line four
188 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 2000-5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/31 mpg (FWD manual), 27/32 mpg (FWD CVT), 25/30 mpg (AWD CVT)

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2011 Nissan JUKE Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 184 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

the Transmission over heats and slips often

By on Friday, August 14, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: CVT Tranmission issues

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great in snow"

Cons: "unreliable CVT tranmission and timing chain issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The Juke was great until summer i drive about 55 miles each wat to work in the winter I have no issues but as soon as it gets over 85 degrees out and I start to go up hills the transmission slips to low gear and I go from 60 mph to abt 25 mph untill i pull over and let it cool down. I have had this problem since I bought the car off and on but i wanted to keep it. I liked everything else about it. The service dept could not recreate the problem ( it was not hot from the drive from my house to the dealer) so the issue was never addressed. had to sell it I got tired of pulling off the road all the time. too bad could have been a great car."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

It's a KEEPER!

By on Friday, July 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 17,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "COMFORTABLE & SHARE"

Cons: "THE NAME!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle has been AMAZING for long distance/cross country road travel, and even in the city. She gets FANTASTIC gas mileage; highway 40 Plus, thanks to eco button. The turbo button ensures quick moves and allows you to have a little more fun than you get on the blacktop. NO KIDDING, it's bigger than it looks!! I've carried a full size door, +2 cats, cross country inside! As an old lady, I might look silly behind the wheel, but who really cares, IM HAVING FUN IN MY JUKE! ONLY NEGATIVE I HAVE IS THE NAME!!"

16 people out of 32 found this review helpful

Just bought a Juke.. and love it!

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, great looking,"

Cons: "None so far as I've only had it for a month"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I had a Chevy S10 pick up for the last 21 years and I always buy a new car every 21 years, but it had to be something different. Since I'm used to a two seat truck, the Juke doesn't seem cramped at all to me as I never use the back seats, keep them folded down. I only travel with my dog. It is fast, very speedy and like a sports car. Cute and the color studio is great. I customized mine with orange accessories. It's fun, fast and cute...what more could you want. Oh, I'm over 60 years old and it suits my personality."

12 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Cute & Fun: Good Chance It'll Get Me Into Trouble

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 23,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quick, Fun, Firm Ride, Gas Milage, SO Cute"

Cons: "Not Good At Night, Not Car Seat Friendly"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this car for a couple months now. I fell in love with Jukes at first sight, and after some serious hunting, I finally located thee perfect 2013 Juke: Pearl White FWD SV with 6 speed manual transmission. I got it for a steal, too, because stick shift isn't highly sought after by the majority of todays drivers. I love my Juke. It's been said that it looks like a Monster, a Dragon, a T-Rex, or a Frog. I'm getting about 36 MPG! I also own a first generation Xterra, and anything over 21 MPG is unheard of for me! It's a powerful little monster. It is so much fun to drive. I try to remember to put it in Eco Mode, because when I forget and leave it in Normal Mode, I inevitably hit 80 MPH. Eco keeps me right around 60 MPH. Sport Mode is just plain OFF LIMTS!! It handles really well. My only complaint is, I prefer not to drive this car after dark. I'm not sure if it's the placement of the headlights or what, but peripheral viewing area is extremely limited at night. Aside from that, I love my Juke and would recommend it to anybody who likes things that are a little different. It's not really car seat friendly, either. I don't have children, and there is plenty of room in there for me and my stuff. But, my great nephew's car seat barely fit and it was incredibly challenging to install it. Lots of room for his stroller and diaper bag, though!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Most enjoyable Car I have ever owned!

By on Wednesday, June 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything!"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Absolutely LOVE this car! it is like driving a sports car but with super comfort and plenty of space for "stuff"...so still great for travel and just around town. Mileage is only around 26 but that's probably due to the turbo in this model. A lot of pick up, corners well, and is absolutely reliable in snow. The only issue I have had in 3 yrs is the radio/backup/nav system went, which is very costly but was luckily covered under the warranty. I've been driving for over 40 years and this is, hands down, the most fun car I have ever driven!!"

11 people out of 20 found this review helpful

love this vehicle, my favorite of all time!

By on Saturday, May 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "love everything about the Juke..it holds its value"

Cons: "haven't found any cons yet!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"extremely fun to drive, easy to park and has a great pick up speed and is very versatile.I used to be a big Volkswagen fan and now I have changed my mind to the Nissan Juke! I plan on keeping the car for a very long time. My bull dog loves it too!"

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

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