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2013 Nissan JUKE

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2013 Nissan JUKE Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

In the 2013 Juke compact SUV, Nissan has created something really quite extraordinary. It's a small SUV – smaller than a CR-V or RAV4 – that is part people-carrier, part off-road dune buggy and part sports car. The Juke can accommodate four people, or its rear seats can be folded to form a fairly large and level cargo floor. Powered by a small 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and offering a choice of a manual gearbox (front-wheel drive only) or continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), the Juke struts its sporty credentials. This sporting nature is bolstered by the variable throttle settings and an enthusiast-oriented sport suspension, two features that further distance it from more pedestrian compact SUVs.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a small 5-door SUV that is easy on gas, can tackle snow and mud with ease but that has more personality than a Subaru Impreza or Suzuki SX4, the 2013 Nissan Juke is worth a look. Cutting-edge audio, navigation and communication options are a welcome bonus.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Beyond its unconventional styling, the 2013 Nissan Juke may not hold much appeal to those who require a big back seat and copious cargo space. If you want something stylish, fuel-efficient and roomy, the Kia Sportage makes an excellent alternative, as does the Mini Cooper Countryman.

What's New for 2013

A rearview monitor (SV trims) and revised Rockford Fosgate Ecopunch audio system (SV and SL) are added to the 2013 Nissan Juke's Navigation Package.

Driving the JUKE

Driving Impressions The 2013 Nissan Juke SUV's taut suspension is adept in minimizing body roll and lean, with only a minimal trade-off in the areas of ride comfort. The electric-assist power steering...

feels pretty spot-on, although we'd still prefer a hydraulic setup in a car like this. The Juke's big standard wheels and tires combined with its wide front and rear track also aid in stability, but those same tires do create a fair bit of road noise. When equipped with Nissan's "intelligent" all-wheel-drive (AWD) package, the Juke gains a torque-vectoring setup and a CVT transmission usually found only in much more expensive vehicles. AWD Jukes also ditch the base car's torsion-beam rear axle in favor of more desirable independent rear suspension. The Nissan Juke's raised driving position, oversized side mirrors and good driver sightlines make it 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.

2013 Nissan JUKE Details
Interior

If you're into cutting-edge interior styling, the 2013 Nissan Juke SUV is the poster child for the compact SUV segment. From its molded plastic center console that mimics a motorcycle's fuel tank to the multifunction ventilation controls that, with a push of a button, change to become the Sport/Normal/Eco mode throttle controls, the Juke's interior is a visual smorgasbord. Don't look for much in the way of cargo space because with only 10.5 cubic feet, there isn't much. However, folding the rear seats flat creates 35 cubic feet of space, more than enough to fit all of your toys.

Exterior

The 2013 Nissan Juke is a vehicle you either instantly fall in love with or run screaming from as fast as you can. From its big-eyed bumper-mounted headlights to the elongate clear plastic turn-signal/parking lights that run the length of the fender tops, the Juke appears otherworldly. Move to the side, and a roofline that squats low as it moves rearward is accented by color-keyed integrated rear door handles giving the 5-door Juke a coupe-like appearance. A single-piece hatch with electronic release opens to reveal the Juke's rather tiny cargo hold.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Beyond first-rate powertrain/suspension/vehicle dynamics elements shared with its SV/SL kin, even the base Juke nets Nissan's Xtronic CVT automatic transmission plus power windows/locks/mirrors, air conditioning, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 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, the I-CON multifunction controller, satellite radio, a USB port and privacy glass, while SL trim includes the Navigation Package, leather upholstery, heated front seats, fog lights, 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 2013 Juke S buyers consists of front- (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD). At the SV level, that list expands to include swapping its standard 6-speed manual transmission for the CVT and adding the Navigation Package that brings an SD-card-based navi system with 5.0-inch color LCD screen, rearview monitor, the Rockford Fosgate Ecopunch system and USB connectivity. The fully loaded SL limits its configuration alternatives to front/AWD and/or 6MT/CVT transmissions.

Under the Hood

All 2013 Nissan Jukes are fitted with a 1.6-liter "DIG" (Direct Injection Gasoline) inline 4-cylinder that boasts the trifecta 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 lb-ft of torque from 2,000-5,200 revs, it matches well with the CVT automatic (which includes S-mode that serves up six "virtual" gears) and the 6-speed manual gearbox, and can comfortably handle the added weight of the AWD system. A manual-equipped FWD Juke can sprint to 60 mph in around seven seconds, while the CVT and AWD each add about a half tick to that baseline figure.

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4
188 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
177 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/31 mpg (FWD, manual), 27/32 mpg (FWD, automatic), 25/30 mpg (AWD, automatic)

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2013 Nissan JUKE Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 184 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • 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 4 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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