Exciting design standards and bold styling accent the all-new 2011 Nissan Juke. It’s classified by Nissan as a Sport Cross, a small-sized crossover that combines high performance levels, excellent fuel economy, surprising interior amenities and loads of practicality to boot. It delivers 27/32 MPG city/highway as estimated by the EPA. The Juke is powered by a intercooled, turbocharged 1.6L inline four-cylinder engine that generates a ballsy 188 horses. Suggested pricing ranges from $18,081 up to $23,268 and estimated monthly payments will run you between $358 and $463. Nissan’s basic warranty will stay in effect for 36 months are 36,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Innovative concept-car-like design and styling standards make the Nissan Juke 2011 a surefire worldwide hit. It’s available in three separate trim levels: SL, SV and the base level S. The Juke’s a small unit, measuring only 162.4 inches in length, 69.5 inches in width and 61.8 inches in height. Its wheelbase measures 99.6 inches and the Juke weighs in at just 2828 pounds. Standard seating is reported for five occupants.
The DOHC I4 engine of the Nissan Juke features an intercooled turbocharger and works together with your choice of the advanced continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual gearbox (front wheel drive trims only). Together they generate 177 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota RAV4 ($22,025 base price), Honda Element ($20,825 base price) and the Chevrolet HHR Panel ($19,030 base price) are all very hard pressed to satisfy consumers to the level that this new Juke does. And although no information has yet been released from the NHTSA, standard safety features impressively include:
- Six separate airbags;
- Active frontal head restraints;
- Electronic vehicle dynamic control;
- Electronic traction control;
- Bluetooth hands-free connectivity;
- Tire pressure monitoring;
- And more…
You’ll also be surprised with the list of luxurious amenities for the cabin space including available voice activated navigation, genuine leather interior, powered moonroof, Rockford-Fosgate audio system and a highly imaginative Integrated Control (I-CON) system that shows off its triple-mode automatic air conditioning. On the downside, Nissan doesn’t even yet bother to list interior spaciousness dimensions. You will however find a standard 8.9 cubic feet of luggage space (expandable up to 29.3 cubic feet if you let the back seats down).
Overall, you can count on the 2011 Nissan Juke to make a big dent in the market for trendsetting, efficient and capable performers. It’s a refreshing addition to the current market and is already helping to shape the ever-evolving present and future of the automotive industry.