The 2015 Nissan Juke's sporty suspension, available all-wheel drive and turbocharged 188-horsepower 4-cylinder engine sound more like a sporty
hatchback than a compact-crossover SUV. Time behind the wheel...
... does nothing to dispel that notion, as the Juke's quick steering – some might say twitchy – stiff and sporty suspension, and cool vroom-vroom noises make it seem like Nissan targeted the
Volkswagen GTI not the Kia Sportage. However, the Juke still gets good fuel economy and its sporty suspension is good enough at absorbing bumps. Front-wheel-drive (FWD) models get a solid rear axle and notable torque steer under acceleration, but opt for the torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and you'll get an independent rear suspension and no torque steer. The new Juke Nismo and Juke Nismo RS models offer a 6-speed manual transmission and limited-slip differential on FWD models, while Nismo RS models get more power and improved handling.