The Nissan Juke is one of those cars that you either love or hate. There’s no in-between when talking about this baby. Fortunately for the Juke, it belongs in a market where the word "style" seems to have taken a vacation, so by default, it already has a leg up on the rest of its rivals. Looks aside, the Juke also has a nice engine to fall back on that is highlighted by 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, which makes it one of the highest in its segments.
There’s something about the Juke and the way its packaged that makes us wonder whether Nissan was trying to make amends to this particular segment after introducing the world to the Cube , a ratchety-looking lump of steel that a lot of people hope never to see again.
So give credit to Nissan for taking the leap with a more dramatic crossover that doesn’t lack in aesthetics.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Nissan Juke.
Once you take your eyes away from its funky front end, the Juke's body actually looks sporty -- almost coupe-like in nature.
For better or for worse, the 2014 Juke’s styling remains largely unchanged, which means that the bug-eyed, bumper-mounted headlights are still there. Same goes for the turn signal and parking lights, which you can find running the length of the fenders and close to the crossover’s hood. Once you take your eyes away from its funky front end, the Juke’s body actually looks sporty — almost coupe-like in nature. The low roofline may be flat, but it does slant slightly towards the back, casting a dramatic slide that emphasis the crossover’s athletic characteristics. Large wheel arches, specifically on the rear, also show off the Juke’s muscular appeal, while a single-piece hatch can be released electronically to open up the Juke’s interior cargo compartment.
But to say that the Juke’s look remains as funky as ever is an understatement. There’s no fence as far as what you think of it goes; you’re either on one side or the other.
2014 Nissan Juke - Exterior Dimensions
|Overall length||162.4 In.|
|Overall width||69.5 In.|
|Overall height||61.8 In.|
2014 Nissan Juke - Standard Exterior Features
- Black grille with chrome accent
- Body color front door handles
- Black side sills
- “Hidden” black color rear door handles
- Body color front and rear bumpers
- Power-sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open/close with auto reverse
- Body color power outside door mirrors
- Rear liftgate with fixed glass
Give credit to Nissan for understanding the identity of the Juke and running with it. The center console is made from molded plastic, which is a bit of a disappointment, but the configuration looks nice, specifically how Nissan configured it with a retro vibe. The controls are neatly placed, too, leaving little in the way of confusion from the driver and front passenger.
Comfortable seats are also offered and you can’t go wrong with anything that’s described as such. About the only disappointment with the Juke’s interior is the cargo space, which can be partly explained by the constraints in space Nissan had to deal with it to put all of the features in their proper place. So there’s not a lot of space at the back for all your groceries. If you fold the rear seats, however, the initial 10.5 cubic feet space turns into 35 cubes. Good enough, but it’s not going to blow you away.
2014 Nissan Juke - Standard Interior Features
- Tricot cloth
- Bucket seats
- AM/FM/CD with 6 speakers
- MP3/WMA CD playback capability
- Auxiliary audio input jack
- iPod® connectivity
- Radio Data System (RDS)
- Speed-sensitive volume control
- Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
- Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System
- Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted switches
- Manual front air conditioning
We estimate that it'll hit 60 mph in the mid-seven-second range.
The U.S-spec Juke has a single engine, and this is a 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces an impressive 188 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 177 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 to 5,200 rpm. The engine hooks up to a continuously variable transmission that delivers power to the front wheels as standard, or to all four wheels optionally. Nissan hasn’t released any performance figures for the 2014 Juke, but we estimate that it’ll hit 60 mph in the mid-seven-second range.
|Cylinders / configuration||Transverse|
|Block / head composition||Aluminum / Aluminum|
|Displacement (liters / cc)||1.6 liters / 1,618 cc|
|Horsepower||188 hp @ 5,600 RPM|
|Torque (lb-ft)||177 lb-ft torque @ 2,000 -5,200 RPM|
|Bore & stroke (mm)||79.7 x 81.1|
|Maximum engine speed||6,400 rpm|
|Induction system||Turbocharger with intercooler|
|Valvetrain||16 valve; silent chain, single-stage|
|Fuel delivery system||Sequential Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG™)|
|Recommended fuel||Premium unleaded|
|Emissions system||Oxygen sensor with catalyzer|
|Emission certification level||LEV2-ULEV|
|Exhaust||Single exit / main & secondary mufflers|
The Nissan Juke is offered in a variety of trims, beginning with the base Juke S FWD model, which retails for $18,990. Move on up to the most expensive Juke variant — the Juke SL AWD — and you’re going to have to pay $25,990 for the chance to take the crossover home with you.
|Model||Description||Suggested List Price|
|S FWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$18,990|
|SV FWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo MT||$20,990|
|SV FWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$22,040|
|NISMO FWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo MT||$22,990|
|SL FWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$24,290|
|S AWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$20,990|
|SV AWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$23,740|
|NISMO AWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$25,290|
|SL AWD||1.6 Liter DIG Turbo CVT||$25,990|
|Black Mirror Covers||$215|
|Premium Appearance Package||$1,195|
|Stainless Exhaust Finisher||$105|
|Carpeted Floor Mats & Cargo Mat||$180|
|NISMO Carpeted Floor Mats & Cargo Mat||$215|
|Illuminated Kick Plates||$295|
|Interior Illumination Package||$505|
|Rear Roof Spoiler||$435|
|17" Gunmetal Wheels||$955|
|17" Black Wheels||$1,050|
Weird and funky trumps bland any day of the week.
We don’t know if the Juke wins the styling contest by default, but it certainly helps its cause that its rivals are pretty boring to look at. Weird and funky trumps bland any day of the week.
The Kia Soul, for one, suffers from seemingly being ignored by Kia’s otherwise talented design team. Save for the Kia grille, there’s nothing to smile about when it comes to the Soul’s appearance. The interior, though, is pretty impressive, but people won’t get to see that as often as the body, right?
Even with the slightly bigger engine, the Soul’s output is a little off of what the Juke is capable of, and don’t even get us started on those rear seats. Cubes like the Soul are already space-challenged as it is. For Kia to do away with folding rear seats seems like a huge mistake on their part.
Gallery Kia Soul
The good news for the Soul is that it’s not the most awful looking cube in the market. The bad news is that distinction also falls on another Nissan, ironically named the Cube.
But the Scion xB doesn’t fare that much better in the styling category. It really looks like one of those real life versions of those cheap supermarket toys you can buy for $2...a pack. Even the interior looks like its been designed by a five-year old, and while the 158 horsepower is nice, it still falls short of what the Juke is inherently capable of.
The Nissan Juke is different; that much we can tell you. And that’s saying something, considering that some of its competitors, including the Soul, don’t have conventional designs themselves. But the Juke makes it work because as quirky as it looks, it performs and handles really well. Add all that to a nice engine and decent prices and you have a crossover that really has a lot to offer - looks notwithstanding.
- Powerful engine in its class
- Interior design gets high marks
- You either love the way it looks...
- ...or you hate it
- Cargo space is an issue, even with the foldable rear seats
- Are you gonna be taken serious riding this car?
Gallery Nissan Juke
Following the addition of the new JUKE NISMO model in mid-2013, Nissan’s popular JUKE sports crossover is now offered in a range of four exciting models - S, SV. SL and NISMO - each available in All-Wheel Drive or Front-Wheel Drive. Two new exterior colors, Red Alert and Bordeaux Black, are added for 2014, along with the continuation of the special Midnight Edition and Sport Package. The Midnight Edition features unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, Sapphire Black mirror caps and privacy glass. The Sport Package includes a body-color rear spoiler, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and stainless steel exhaust finisher. A Navigation Package is also available.
The JUKE NISMO features nearly 100 individual revised components, including a NISMO-tuned 197-horsepower 1.6-liter DIG turbo engine, NISMO-tuned suspension, bold aerodynamic styling, deeply bolstered front seats, red accents and lightweight 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. For full information, please go to NissanNews.com.
JUKE continues to build its reputation as one of the boldest designs and most spirited performers in the traditional B-segment hatchback field. Drawing its inspiration from a number of active lifestyle influences, including motorcycles and rally cars, JUKE features highly distinctive, sporty styling inside and out, along with unexpected levels of performance from a standard 188-horsepower 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGTM) turbo 4-cylinder engine and an advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive (AWD) system - performance technology usually reserved for premium vehicles.
A Bold Urban Sport Cross
JUKE again fuses the best qualities of a sports car, including a sporty driving position, dynamic handling and powerful turbo engine, with the best aspects of an SUV - such as a robust lower body, raised ground height, improved visibility, confident stance and available all-wheel drive.
JUKE is built on Nissan’s proven global B-platform and offers generous ground clearance with standard 17-inch wheels and tires. Adding to the authentic SUV look is a broad shoulder line, large wheel arches and robust lower bodywork that seems to emerge from under the vehicle. The sporty, powerful front end is highlighted by the unique light treatment - with the headlight split into two distinct elements. The main lamps draw inspiration from rally car lights and the turn signals are integrated into the front fenders. Fog lights are available depending on trim level.
JUKE also shows its sporty side with a raked windshield, upswept rear side windows, canopy-like glass, a high beltline and coupe-like falling roofline. Other exterior details include body-colored outside mirrors and front door handles, and "hidden" rear door handles.
In the rear, the taillights share a resemblance with the distinctive "boomerang" design found on the latest generation Nissan 370Z. The JUKE color palette includes a range of nine exterior offerings: Sapphire Black, Gun Metallic, Cayenne Red, Graphite Blue, Atomic Gold, Brilliant Silver, Pearl White and new Red Alert, Bordeaux Black.
Inside, JUKE’s interior is equally aggressive with bolstered front seats, a wide instrument panel and a unique center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a high-gloss paint. The gearshift sits on top of the console, inspired by sports car driver/shifter positioning.
Another unique element of the JUKE interior is the Integrated Control (I-CON) system drive mode selector, which offers three different throttle/transmission/steering response settings - Normal for everyday driving, Sport for a more intense performance feel and Eco for maximum efficiency. It adjusts throttle, transmission (CVT only) and steering feel for the precise performance the driver desires. I-CON also serves as a central command center and display module, adopting different display colors and functions depending on how it is being used. In Climate mode, the display shows the interior temperature settings while the "buttons" display air flow preferences. In "D-Mode," the buttons change to the three driving modes and the display shows engine- and drive-related dials and information.
Despite JUKE’s overall compact dimensions, the interior offers segment competitive roominess and space for five adults. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility.
Among the long list of standard JUKE interior features are a 6-way manual driver’s seat and 4-way manual front passenger seat, dual front and rear beverage holders, speed-sensitive automatic door locks, storage under the rear cargo floor (FWD models only), Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, Interface System for iPod®, and AM/FM/CD audio system with steering wheel controls. A Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH™ audio system is standard on SL models and available with the SV Navigation Package.
Available interior features include premium cloth fabrics, leather-appointed seats, heated front seats, RearView Monitor, Nissan Intelligent Key® with Push Button Ignition, SiriusXM Satellite Radio (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), USB connector for iPod® and other devices, power-sliding moonroof and privacy glass. Also available is the Nissan Navigation System 5.0-inch screen and NavTraffic with Real-Time Traffic Information (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately). Three interior color treatments are offered: Black, Gray and Black/Red.
An Advanced Drivetrain
Powering the 2014 JUKE is a standard 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline (DIGÔ) turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine combines spirited performance and good fuel economy. Direct injection helps improve combustion, enhancing power, torque, economy and emissions. The use of the turbocharger and intercooler also help boost power, while the variable timing control for both intake and exhaust cycles improves low-end engine response.
Two transmissions are offered - Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD model only).
Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city and 32 highway for JUKE FWD models equipped with the CVT and 25 mpg city and 31 highway for JUKE FWD 6-speed manual transmission equipped models. JUKE AWD CVT models are rated at 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.
JUKE also carries the PUREDRIVE™ designation. PUREDRIVE is used on models utilizing Nissan’s most advanced technologies to promote eco-friendly driving and lower CO2 emissions.
JUKE’s torque vectoring AWD system not only splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels, it also can split torque from side-to-side across the rear axle. By monitoring vehicle speed, wheel speed, gear position, steering angle, lateral G forces and vehicle yaw rate, torque can be increased to the outside rear wheel in corners to help reduce understeer and enhance the car’s cornering feel. In total, up to 50 percent of the total available engine torque can be sent to either rear wheel.
JUKE features a standard independent MacPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam rear suspension, while JUKE AWD models offer a multi-link rear suspension design. A cradle-type front subframe enhances lateral stiffness of the assembly. Front and rear stabilizer bars are standard on all models.
Also standard is vehicle-speed-sensing electric power-assisted steering. Braking is supplied by power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. JUKE rides on 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with 215/55R17 all-season tires.
Every JUKE comes equipped with the Nissan Advanced Air Bag System (AABS) with dual-stage, dual-threshold front air bags and seat belt and occupant classification sensors, roof-mounted curtain side-impact supplemental air bags for front and rear outboard occupant head protection, seat-mounted driver and front passenger side-impact supplemental air bags and front-seat Active Head Restraints. Other standard equipment includes LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system, Nissan Vehicle Immobilizer System, Vehicle Security System (VSS), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Traction Control System (TCS).
The 2014 Nissan JUKE sport cross is offered in seven well-equipped models: JUKE S CVT FWD, JUKE S CVT AWD, JUKE SV CVT FWD, JUKE SV M/T FWD, JUKE SV CVT AWD, JUKE SL CVT FWD, and JUKE SL CVT AWD - along with two JUKE NISMO models.
Three option packages are offered - the Navigation Package, which includes a Nissan Navigation System with 5-inch color touch screen display and NavTraffic capability (SiriusXM subscription required, sold separately), Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH™, USB interface (iPod® compatible), and RearView Monitor; the Midnight Edition, with unique 17-inch Black Wheels, a Sapphire Black rear roof spoiler, Sapphire Black mirror caps and privacy glass; and the Sport Package, featuring a body-color rear spoiler, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and stainless steel exhaust finisher.