I am not a professional auto journalist, just a regular driver like you. However I have the opportunity on occasion to see and test the latest cars first hand and talk with the manufacturers.  The goal here is to give you insight into the cars on the market in order to help you make the best car choice for you at this point in your life.    

The Juke – A very cool Little Big Car

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I am crazy about the smaller cars that have come on the market in the last few years. I recently had the chance to take a look at the 2015 Juke by Nissan and fell madly in love. This could very well be the perfect mix of a small car with SUV sensibilities.  It offers a sporty drive and seats five, four adults comfortably, with plenty of room for the extras in the back.

 

Who is the Juke  Driver?

Nissan was right when they called this sporty little crossover a Sport Cross.  When I got into this car I had all kinds of ideas on who should own it – primarily me. I could see myself having so much fun driving on the highway and into the city where I could fit into those tiny parking spots easily enough.  My 22 year old would want this in a shift (their 6 speed manual transmission) and of course, turbocharged for his road trips to the Cape. My older, yet still full of life Dad would definitely love to get behind the wheel of a sporty car once again. This one would be perfect as it is not low to the ground affording him good driving visibility and it is easy to get in and out.  I am not sure I would want this for the main family car, but quite frankly, I have my eye on Nissan’s 2015 Murano for that.

 

Our Basic Check List

 

Fuel Economy:

32 highway, 28 city

Cost:

From $20,250 to $28,020

Safety:

  • Rear View monitoring with the camera mounted behind you and one in front as well.
  • Around View Monitoring.  Not only with this feature help you when parking in difficult spots, but it shows you if anyone or thing is moving around you. It will sound out alerts if there is something moving behind you when you are in reverse
  • Six standard airbags and lower anchors and tethers for children. They’ve put a lot of thought into child safety. More of that on the website.
  • Traction control, anti-lock brakes, brake assist and electronic brakes force distribution, all of which play crucial roles in difficult driving situations.
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Nissan’s around view monitoring alerts you to everything surrounding your car and helps with parallel parking, backing up and watching for anyone or thing that might come in your way.

 

Styling:

Outside, the lines of this car are curvaceous and stylish.  You don’t notice the very cool looking bug like headlights that flank the top of the front hood unless it’s dark.  Inside is deceivingly spacious and comfortable.  Three adults in the back would be a snug fit, but Nissan has gone out of its way to insure child safety features so your kids will be nice and cozy and safe back there.

 

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 Cool Dash:

    • Inside the Juke designers thoughtfully give you large ‘Motorsport inspired gauges’.  Fun, almost retro looking, but more importantly, easy to read.
    • They made the tech very simple and intuitive to operate so you don’t spend your time looking down to find controls, switches and buttons.
    • You will just love the sporty and cool looking center console shift which was ‘inspired by the radical lines of an Italian sport bike’.

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Electronics:

Yes, it has all the hands free technology that will connect you with Blue Tooth, SiuriusXM, apps, your social networks. . . you name it.

Storage:

I love the thoughtfulness to storage in this car.  There is a hidden space underneath the cargo floor that can hide all of those things you don’t want to leave in your car for the world to see. Besides that, the front glove compartment is wide and deep enough to hold your lap top or bags well out of sight from the same prying eyes.  The hatchback makes it easy to load all that extra stuff you need to cart once in a while and the back seats fold down perfectly flat .

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Handling:

I rode in this car, which by the way comes in front wheel or all wheel drive, in New England where the winter had left the streets ridden with potholes and frost heaves.  This car took the bumps like a pro.  The steering is nice and tight, something you would expect of a sportier car.

 

Step it Up:

Of course you can get this little baby in five different versions each including elements to make the Juke your kind of car. Some extra’s that are offered are power moon roof, automatic temperature controls, turbocharged engine, sport brakes, 6 speed manual transmission, and so much more  Click here and build your own Juke.  Better yet, test drive one.

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For other reviews on the Juke online:

Bengt Halvorson 2015 Nissan Juke Review on The Car Connection

US News Ranking and Reviews

Watch this video from Casey Williams, Star Correspondent at the Indy Star for great tour of the Juke.

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