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2012 Nissan Juke S SUV

2012 Nissan Juke Review

(0 Stars)  Quirky to look at but great to drive.

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Overview
The Juke's unusual exterior styling has been described as froglike, but it at least proves that not all small cars need to look the same. Nissan says the Juke's foglight design was inspired by rally cars, the center console by a motorcycle fuel tank, and the taillights by those of the 370Z sports car. The idea for the Juke is to blend the benefits of a crossover (ride height, all-wheel-drive capability) with the fun aspects of a sports car (responsive engine, engaging handling). The interior is surprisingly commodious for such a compact vehicle, with seating for five and rear seats that fold completely flat to improve cargo capacity. The turbocharged, direct-injected 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder engine provides punchy acceleration but still returns decent fuel economy. It can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission in front-wheel-drive Jukes, whereas the all-wheel-drive model comes exclusively with the CVT. The Juke is no sports car, but it is far more interesting than the economy cars on which it is based. Minimal body roll and accurate steering make the Juke fun to throw around corners, and its brakes are similarly able to cope with enthusiastic driving. All-wheel-drive models use an independent rear suspension and a torque-vectoring rear differential, which distributes torque between the two rear wheels to improve cornering performance. The Juke is a unique compact crossover that is both practical and enjoyable to drive--but its quirky styling is definitely not for everyone.

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2012 Juke s Sport Utility Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 1.6L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 27 MPG city, 32 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 383 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
13.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 188 hp @ 5,600 rpm; 177 ft lb of torque @ 2,000 rpm

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'12 Nissan S SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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