Nissan Juke 2017 Review: Spunky and Unique

Feb 16, 2017 05:30 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

The 2017 Nissan Juke is fun and sporty. Its unique design may put off some, but is very appealing for others. Its additional Nismo trims also offer a sportier option for race enthusiasts.

Pros and Features. The Juke has lively acceleration and a tight, sporty handling that makes it very fun to drive. It also has a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, as well as an extensive array of color customization options.

Cons. The Nissan crossover SUV has very limited rear passenger headroom. It is even difficult for a child to sit. In addition, its cargo space is also very limited.

Its unique styling makes it difficult to see the rear and its ride quality is not as comfortable as other subcompact crossovers. It also has a cheapish interior.

What's New? The 2017 Nissan Juke now has a Cold Weather package for its SV trim. There are also 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels on the SL and SV grades and a special Black Pearl model that features an elegant white and black color scheme.

Models. The Juke is available in five different trim levels: base S, SV, and SL. There are also special sport-oriented trims: Nismo and Nismo RS. All of the models, with the exception of the Nismo RS, have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with a CVT. This is capable of 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The Nismo and Nismo RS trims are also available in MT for front-wheel-drive models only.

The entry-level 2017 Nissan Juke S has 17-inch alloy wheels, a rearview camera, keyless ignition and entry, and full power accessories. It also has cruise control, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, and other tech features.

The SV adds a sunroof, automatic climate control, and a rear privacy glass. It also has satellite radio and other special features.

The SL has all of the features of the SV plus automatic headlights, fog lights, and leather upholstery. The Nismo has the same equipment as the SL but adds sportier suspension and tuning calibrations, 18-inch alloy wheels, front sport seats, and high-performance tires. The RS has a more powerful engine, a limited-slip differential, more aggressive suspension and steering, Recaro front sport seats, and a simulated carbon-fiber trim on the dash.

Verdict. The 2017 Nissan Juke is a unique ride that is very fun to drive. While it may be tiny and not feature overly impressive features, it is still a good performing compact SUV.

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