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2017 Nissan Juke Review

The 2017 Nissan Juke has nearly unrivaled performance dynamics, but its harsh ride, limited cabin and cargo space, and cut-rate cabin materials keep it in the middle of the subcompact SUV class. 

Pros & Cons

  • Potent turbocharged engine
  • Athletic handling
  • Rough ride quality
  • Small rear seat and cargo area, even for class
  • Low-rent interior
  • Requires premium fuel

Rankings & Research

The 2017 Nissan Juke's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Juke has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 57 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 7.9
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2017 Nissan Juke Overview

Is the 2017 Nissan Juke a Good Used SUV?

The used 2017 Nissan Juke is a good SUV for shoppers seeking a fun ride. Its powerful turbocharged engine and sharp handling provide some of the most thrilling driving dynamics in the class. The highlights end there, though. The Juke lacks the advanced safety features that most rivals offer, and its firm suspension creates an overly stiff ride. Though the Juke’s fuel economy estimates are impressive, you have to use premium fuel. Many competitors can’t match the Juke’s driving dynamics, but some do provide a better balance of functionality and fun.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 61 Nissan Juke reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

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How Much Is the 2017 Nissan Juke?

Our site has more than 330 listings for the 2017 Nissan Juke. Prices range from $15,000 to $21,500, with an average list price of $17,700. Your exact price will depend on the model you choose, as well as its condition, mileage, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Nissan Juke Cost to Own?

For a used 2017 Nissan Juke, estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come out to about $24,500. Those expenses are significantly lower for the Mazda CX-3 ($22,300), Buick Encore ($22,300) and Honda HR-V ($22,400).

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Nissan Juke?

As of this writing, Nissan has not released information regarding a 2018 Juke model.

If you’d still prefer a vehicle from the 2018 model year, there are a few subcompact SUVs for you to consider that start at only a couple thousand dollars more than the average 2017 Juke. The highly ranked 2018 Hyundai Kona, for example, starts at just $19,500. It boasts a user-friendly infotainment system, nimble handling, and a powerful available turbo-four engine.

If you’re hoping to get below the $17,000 price point and want a vehicle with decent cargo space, take a look at the small car class – particularly a hatchback. The 2018 Kia Soul ($16,200) and 2018 Honda Fit ($16,190) are good choices. Both vehicles have considerable cargo and cabin space, impressive safety scores, and numerous tech features.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Juke Is Best?

The 2017 Juke is the final model year of a generation that launched in 2011. Though there have not been many changes over the years, some of them have been notable. In 2015, Nissan redesigned the exterior and made a USB port standard. For 2016, Siri Eyes Free – which allows you to use voice commands to operate infotainment system functions – became a standard feature as well. For 2017, Nissan made heated seats and outside mirrors standard in the SV trim.  Purchasing an older model can save you some money. Check out our reviews of the 2015 and 2016 Juke for more information.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Nissan Juke?

The 2017 Nissan Juke has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Nissan Juke Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 Nissan Juke has one reported recall involving a potential brake fluid leak. If this recall affects the model you are considering, be sure the problem has been resolved before you buy.

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Which Used Nissan Juke Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Nissan Juke is available in five trims: base, SV, SL, Nismo, and Nismo RS. The Nissan Juke base model provides a lot for the money. It comes with a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, a 5-inch color display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, hands-free text messaging, Siri Eyes Free, a rearview camera, proximity key entry, and push-button start.

The SV model adds upgraded cloth upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control, a moonroof, satellite radio, and selectable driving modes. To get features like an infotainment system with a touch screen and navigation, you would need to purchase a model that comes with the Tech package. Or, you can buy the Juke SL, which adds leather upholstery and includes the Tech package.

The Nissan Juke Nismo is a performance-oriented model that features steering, suspension, and exterior design upgrades. The Nissan Juke Nismo RS further kicks up the performance dynamics, adding a stronger version of the base engine, sport brakes, a tuned exhaust, a limited-slip differential, and upgrades to the steering and suspension.

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What Does Nissan's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Nissan offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each Nissan CPO vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like rental car reimbursement, a three-month SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription, a Security+Plus Extended protection plan, towing, and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

Nissan’s CPO program is about average for an affordable auto manufacturer, according to our research. Mazda, Honda, and Chevrolet all have more robust programs.

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How Safe Is the Juke?

The 2017 Nissan Juke doesn’t perform as well as rivals in crash tests. The Juke was partially tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received three out of five stars in the frontal evaluation and four stars in the rollover test. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Juke earned the lowest possible rating of Poor in the small overlap front test. It received the highest rating of Good in four other IIHS crash tests.  

There are few active safety features in the Juke. A rearview camera comes standard. The only other driver assistance feature is an available 360-degree camera, which uses four cameras to create a top-down view of the vehicle’s surroundings. Many other subcompact SUVs offer additional safety options, like pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision alert.

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2017 Nissan Juke Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Juke or 2017 Mazda CX-3?

The Mazda CX-3 is the only other subcompact SUV that rivals the Juke’s performance. The Mazda has zippy acceleration and carlike handling, making it a blast to drive on twisty roads. In addition, the CX-3 gets a couple more combined city/highway mpg than the Juke, and it doesn’t require premium fuel. The CX-3 also has more cargo capacity and better safety scores. Furthermore, the CX-3 is available with safety technology that the Juke isn’t, including pre-collision braking, blind spot detection, and adaptive cruise control. Aside from personal taste, there are few reasons to buy a Nissan Juke over a Mazda CX-3.

Which Is Better: 2017 Nissan Juke or 2017 Honda HR-V?

The Honda HR-V won two of our Best Cars awards for 2017 (Best Subcompact SUV for the Money and Best Subcompact SUV for Families). It has a spacious second row, which is unusual for the class, and 10 more cubic feet of cargo space than Juke. It also offers a Magic Seat, which allows you to configure the rear seat into four different positions for cargo flexibility. The HR-V is the better vehicle for carrying passengers and people. If you are mostly planning on solo joy rides, however, the Juke may be a better option.

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2017 Nissan Juke Performance

How Does the 2017 Nissan Juke Drive?

The Nissan Juke is one of the top performers in the class. Its turbocharged four-cylinder engine yields 188 horsepower and brisk acceleration, whether from a stop or on the highway. Additionally, turbo lag is virtually nonexistent in the Juke. In all but the base trim, a standard drive mode system allows you to switch driving dynamics to focus on performance or fuel efficiency. Front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are standard. A six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are available.

The Juke’s impressive performance doesn’t end with its power. It also has superb handling and tight steering, and it takes on corners with the composure of a small car. However, all that agility comes at the expense of ride comfort on uneven surfaces.

Does the 2017 Nissan Juke Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Juke does a great job of conserving fuel. According to the EPA, the 2017 Juke returns 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are among the best estimates in the class. Still, the Juke requires premium fuel, which is pricier than the regular unleaded fuel used by the rest of the class. 

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2017 Nissan Juke Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Nissan Juke Seat?

The 2-row Nissan Juke seats five. Its front seats are supportive and hold occupants in place for spirited driving. The back seats, however, are extremely cramped for adults. Furthermore, the small rear doors make entering and exiting difficult.

The Juke has a distinctive look. Its sporty interior features vibrant colors and a slick center console that resembles a motorcycle’s gas tank. Still, most surfaces are made of hard plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Nissan Juke?

The Juke’s LATCH system includes two full sets of child-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and a middle-seat upper tether anchor. It’s fairly easy to attach a car seat to the top anchors, but the lower anchors are located too deep in the seats. The IIHS rated this LATCH system as Acceptable for ease of use, the second-highest score possible.

2017 Nissan Juke Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, a 5-inch color display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming, hands-free text messaging, Siri Eyes Free, a proximity key entry, and push-button start. Available features include automatic climate control, a Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, satellite radio, selectable driving modes, a moonroof, and the NissanConnect infotainment system with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, and voice command recognition.

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2017 Nissan Juke Dimensions

Nissan Juke Cargo Space

At just 10.5 cubic feet, the Juke has one of the smallest cargo holds in the class. Only a few rivals have less space. Still, the opening is wide, and there are folding rear seats to make loading your belongings easy.

2017 Juke Length and Weight

The 2017 Nissan Juke is 13.5 feet long, and its gross vehicle weight ranges from 3,968 pounds (FWD models) to 4,167 pounds (AWD models).

Where Was the 2017 Nissan Juke Built?

Nissan assembled the 2017 Juke in Japan.

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