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2014 Nissan JUKE

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2014 Nissan JUKE Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

The 2014 Nissan Juke SUV resides in a category of one. This compact SUV’s unique styling might place it in competition with the Kia Soul, only the Juke also offers a turbocharged engine and the option of all-wheel drive. One might think a Honda CR-V would be a better comparison, but the Juke doesn’t offer much in the way of interior room and its sporty handling leaves most compact crossover SUVs wanting. A choice between a manual or automatic gearbox is another indicator that this little crossover is aimed more at enthusiast drivers than daily commuters. Adding to its street cred is a variable-throttle setting that allows the driver to decide when the best time for economy or raw power is.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a compact crossover SUV that sips fuel, yet can still tackle the toughest winter weather with ease, consider the 2014 Nissan Juke. It’s not as commonplace as a Subaru XV Crosstrek, and its affordable audio and navigation options are some of the best in the segment.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a roomy back seat and lots of cargo space, the Juke probably won’t catch your eye. Its styling may also be too much for some, prompting us to suggest something a bit more mainstream such as the Mini Cooper Countryman or Kia Sportage.

What's New for 2014

A new Nismo model joined the lineup midway through 2013. The Juke Nismo is tuned for more horsepower and better handling, plus features unique paint and wheels. Also offered in 2014 are the Midnight Edition and Sport Packages.

Driving the JUKE
Driving Impressions

The 2014 Nissan Juke crossover SUV has been given a firm suspension that keeps body roll to a minimum, yet still returns a fairly comfortable ride devoid of excessive harshness....

... Nissan has done a good job calibrating the Juke’s electric power steering, although we’d still favor a more traditional hydraulic setup in this case. Adding to the Juke’s stability are its wide stance and huge wheel and tire combo, the latter responsible for the Juke’s adept cornering and noticeable road noise inside the cabin. The “intelligent” all-wheel-drive (AWD) option brings a torque-vectoring system coupled with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Nissan has perfected the gearless transmission, and the CVT on our Juke proved surprisingly responsive when pushed to perform. Juke models equipped with AWD feature an independent rear suspension, as opposed to the base car’s beam axle. This setup gives the AWD model better cornering ability and a more controlled ride.

I-CON (ADVANCED-INTEGRATED CONTROL) SYSTEM INTERFACE
Available with the SV, SL and Nismo trims, Nissan’s clever I-CON display toggles between functions for the climate control and “D-mode” adaptive throttle settings. The settings for all climate controls are clearly displayed, but with the push of a button, the same panel switches over to show settings for Normal/Sport/Eco.

INTELLIGENT AWD WITH TORQUE VECTORING
Nissan’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive not only distributes torque from side to side, it can vary the front/rear torque split up to a perfect 50/50 balance, if needed. The system improves traction in snow and mud and helps reduce understeer when cornering on dry pavement.

2014 Nissan JUKE Details
Interior

If you’re into cutting-edge interior styling, the 2014 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 2014 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 a 6-speed manual transmission, 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 four definitive variations on the Juke theme keeps the formal extras list on each to a minimum. At the SV level, buyers can swap the standard 6-speed manual transmission for the CVT and add 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. The Nismo trim brings more power, a lowered suspension, unique paint and wheels and upgraded Nismo interior trim pieces.

Under the Hood

All 2014 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 (197 Nismo) and 177 lb-ft of torque (184 Nismo) from 2,000-5,200 revs, it matches well with the CVT automatic (which includes an 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 front-wheel-drive (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)

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Nismo)
197 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
184 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-5,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 25/31 mpg (manual), 25/30 mpg (automatic, AWD)

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2014 Nissan JUKE Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 200 Ratings for the 2011 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    8.1/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

I love my Juke!

By on Thursday, June 16, 2016

I don't own this car

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "lots of pep, turbo, tons of features!"

Cons: "none!"

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

"Only selling my Juke to save money on car payments! Very reliable, great in the snow in MN winters!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

I feel like this car was made just for me!

By on Thursday, June 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Awesome"

Cons: "No memory seats"

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

"I had never heard of a Juke, but I fell in love with my 2014 Juke the moment I saw her. She is gorgeous, inside and out. I love the red accents inside her. It is such a unique thing to do when boring colors inside cars are the norm. It has automatic driving for me and manual for my husband! I keep reading about how the Juke doesn't have enough room, blah, blah, but it has plenty of room for me. The only thing I wish this car had is memory seats. There are so many perks and gadgets inside the car that I find a new cool thing almost every day. (I have had this car for a month). I love it's "get up and go" because this baby has some power! It also has Rockford Fosgates for those of you who like it loud (or just really clear). I don't see many of these around and I like it that way, so keep the car you have and don't buy mine. LOL"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Love this car! Fun to drive

By on Friday, January 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Affordable, cute"

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

"There is not a lot of room in this car, but it is fun to drive and goes great in the snow and ice. The turbo charged engine gives it plenty of get up and go in sticky situations."

19 people out of 31 found this review helpful

Reliable and Fun to Drive

By on Friday, January 8, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 54,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "fun to drive"

Cons: "small trunk"

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

"I have had my Juke (the AWD SL model with all of the options, turbo charged engine, etc) for almost 4 years. It is still very fun to drive, gets decently good gas mileage, and has quite a bet of "get up and go," especially in SPORT mode. I have also found it to be very reliable and have had no mechanical problems, etc. The only things I am not overly fond of are the lack of a true console and the super small trunk area. Otherwise, it is a cute, uniquely styled car, with tons of features."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Just the Car I always wanted..

By on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,963

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "looks, smallness ;pep,"

Cons: "can't lift wipers away from windshield in ice"

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

"Love my Juke, lots of pep with turbo; great handling, and the looks are the reason I bought this one used with just a couple thousand miles on it. recommends premium fuel which I use and average about 27.9 miles. they say 25-30, so I'm happy. My last 2 Sentras got 33 mpg ave., but this car is worth it to drive AWD, sit higher and great performance and handling. Well worth it.(Perhaps my last my car as I'm 63)"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Purchased this 2014 Juke new

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "cute, sporty"

Cons: "no armrest, can't retrive dropped itemsBetweenSeat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I loved the unique look of this Juke. Sound system is great, GPS is awesome...the drive is good, I drive over 100 miles daily. Very little room for passengers, Not A Problem For Me. The alarm sounds off ALL the time, I Hate That, and the noise while on the highway, I could do without. I do like this Juke, but wouldn't purchase again."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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