A turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 engine powers the 2012 Nissan Juke Hatchback. It delivers 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, and while that may not sound like much, acceleration is not too bad. In fact, it takes only 7.3 seconds to accelerate zero to 60 mph, which is quite impressive when compared to other vehicles in this class.
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Another thing that is even more impressive is fuel-economy, as the Juke returns 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. These are figures that no one will be complaining about. The vehicle comes standard as a front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available, no matter which trim you choose. This is refreshing considering most vehicles force you to go with the most expensive trim for this option. You also have your choice between a six-speed manual or CVT.
With different I-Con driver settings, the ride changes considerably. It can be pokey in the Eco mode or fun in the Sport mode. Suspension offers a crisp response and steering is well-weighted. The Juke handles like a dream whether on the open road or aggressively tackling a winding road.
Although the Juke does not have a lot of technology and entertainment features, it does have the basics that you need. Added to this list are speed sensitive volume, iPod interface, auxiliary audio input jack, remote keyless entry and a 5.0-inch color touchscreen monitor.
When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2012 Juke managed to get the highest rating possible on roof-strength, side\"impact and frontal-offset crash tests. It also offers fantastic braking capabilities, stopping from 60 mph in about 123 feet. Airbags are found throughout, everywhere you need them, including in the roof for rollover protection. Other features that are either standard or optional include:
For most people, seeing the Juke for the first time equals love at first sign. It’s quirky, contemporary, futuristic and even a little whimsical all rolled into one. It is a four-door cross between an SUV and hatchback with a ton of personality. When you look closely, you appreciate all the details that give it such a commanding presence, such as stainless steel exhaust finisher, chrome side mirror covers and door handle accents, rear roof spoiler, privacy glass and 17-inch five-split spoke alloy wheels in gunmetal or black.
The interior of the Juke is just as exciting as the exterior. Body colored surfaces and organic curves keep it fresh, exciting and youthful. Although there is a lot of hard cheap plastic, you barely notice it with the other details. There are tons of storage compartments and cup holders throughout and the controls on the dash are large and all easy to identify and navigate.
The front seats are well-bolstered and offer an abundance of leg room. The driver is also granted a great position to command the road with minimal adjustments. However rear seat passengers will find the space pretty insufficient in terms of headroom, but there is plenty of legroom.
Sadly, the 2012 Juke fails miserably in the cargo department. When the rear seat is in place, you are only granted 10 cubic feet, which is less than all of the competition. Even when you fold that seat down, you only get 36 cubic feet, and due to the roof slope, you can’t fit tall or bulky items in it.