The 2014 Nissan Juke lineup expands with the introduction of the Nismo and Nismo RS performance models. Two new exterior colors, Red Alert and Bordeaux Black, are new additions...
The Juke is a subcompact crossover slotting under the compact Rogue and Rogue Select in Nissan’s lineup. It is sold in S, SV, SL, Nismo, and Nismo RS grades in front- or all-wheel drive configurations. A six-speed manual is available on front-drive Jukes while a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is optional in S, SV, and SL trims. All-wheel drive models are only available with the CVT.
The 2014 Nissan Juke is known for its quirky exterior styling and nimble handling particularly in Nismo and Nismo RS guises. It is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 producing 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque in S, SV, and SL grades. Nismo Jukes use the same powerplant but make 197 hp and 184 lb-ft while the Nismo RS model is rated at 215 hp and 210 lb-ft with the manual and 211 hp and 184 lb-ft with the CVT. Fuel economy in the 2014 Juke varies based on transmission and drivetrain configurations with front-drive CVT crossovers achieving the best EPA ratings at 27/32 mpg city/highway. Opting for a manual transmission drops those numbers down to 25/31 mpg while all-wheel drive Jukes are rated at 25/30 mpg.
Performance and handling are 2014 Juke strong suits especially the Nismo and Nismo RS grades, which have upgraded suspension, brakes, larger 18-inch wheels with summer-performance tires, and steering to compliment the more powerful engine. All-wheel-drive models have the best handling since they are able to distribute power evenly through its torque vectoring capability, making it ideal as a sporty all-weather crossover with a lot of character.
Interior space is where the 2014 Juke falters because of the lack of useful storage areas and a small cabin, which limits the crossover’s practicality. There is technically room for five people but due to the cramped rear seats and limited cargo space, it isn’t an ideal vehicle for people who carry a lot of gear or as a family car. The center stack, on the other hand, is unique because of the I-CON system, which cleverly integrates climate and drive mode interface into one set of buttons. Tech features such as a navigation system, rearview camera, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, and a USB port are available in SV and higher trims, which help make the Juke’s cabin feel more upscale.
The 2014 Nissan Juke has a four-star safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and earned a good score in four of five categories in IIHS testing (good is the highest possible score).
What We Think
The 2014 Juke is a quirky crossover that prioritizes standing out and driving engagement over practicality. Nismo and Nismo RS models provide the most fun with their performance-tuned chassis and uprated engines. In a 2011 Editor’s Notebook review, we said that with all-wheel drive, “the Juke rides better, handles much better, and gets a lot more grip with all-wheel drive,” making an excellent all-weather daily driver. We also highlighted in a 2011 Editor’s Notebook review the generous list of available features, making it good value for the performance it offers. However, interior space is lacking for a crossover, which makes the Juke less useful for family duties or carrying passengers. In one review, we said that the Juke has rear seats that are “relatively cramped” and a “cargo area that is far from commodious.”
- Fun to drive
- All-wheel drive with three modes
- Good value for money
You Won’t Like
- No manual transmission for all-wheel drive Jukes
- Interior needs more refinement
- Cramped cabin
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