Nissan Juke Compact Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) (2012)

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You either love or hate the looks of the Nissan Juke. I have heard the Juke described as a “Horny Toad on four wheels,” which is pretty accurate. The subcompact hatchback segment was pretty boring before it came along. Introduced just last year, the Juke is what Nissan calls an “Urban Sport Cross,” or cross between a hatchback and a CUV. The Juke has polarizing looks, but is actually fun to drive.

Like Me, the Juke’s most endearing qualities are not its looks, but its quick handling and brisk performance. Steering is quick and precise, the suspension is firm, and the 188hp turbocharged four cylinder engine makes it a kick to drive. The Juke is at home being driven hard on some twisty roads. Fuel economy is impressive at 25 mpg city and 31mpg hwy.

My test Juke was the SV trim level. It had some goodies such as keyless ignition-entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel, SAT radio, automatic climate control, and Nissan’s I-Con system. There is an optional low cost NAV system that I recommend getting.

As much as I like the Juke, there are some things that it could do better. First of all, if you aren’t driving aggressively, the firm ride can become annoying. The interior has a little bit too much hard plastic inside. And, behind the second row of seats, the storage space sometimes falls short of your needs.

Safety wise, the Juke’s comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, and air bags all around. NHTSA gives it a 4 out of 5 star rating for overall crash protection.


Engine: 188 hp 1.6 liter 4 cylinder

Transmission: 6 Spd MT or CVT

Highest MPG City/MPG Highway: 25/31 for the MT

Trim Designations: S, SV and SL

Base Price: $19,990 $22,015 as tested

What I Liked: Performance and MPG

What I Would Change: More power plugs!!! Only has 1 (shame!)

Star Rating: 3.75 out of 5

Tailpipes and Tacos is back Memorial Day weekend! It’s been a while but the popular Tailpipes and Tacos cruise-in returns to the Lupe Tortilla Tex-Mex in Katy…Saturday, May 25th! Bring your hot rod, Classic or Modern Classic to compete for one of the famous Chili Pepper trophies AND get a FREE breakfast taco! Just make a donation of any size to God’s Garage and Lupe’s will match it. You’ll be helping single mothers who need a set of wheels.

It has been a year in the making so you won’t want to miss Tailpipes and Tacos, Saturday, May 25th 8 to 11 AM. Cruise-in, donate what you want to God’s Garage and grab a free Lupe Tortilla breakfast taco. Tailpipes and Tacos ony happens at the Lupe Tortilla Tex-Mex in Katy at 703 West Grand Parkway at Kingsland Blvd…just south of the Katy Freeway.

It’s car show season and what better way to kick it off than a free taco and comradery at Tailpipes and Tacos, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 25, 2024, 8 to 11 AM. 

The In Wheel Time Car Talk Show will be there too.

Proceeds benefit God’s Garage