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2012 Nissan Juke Review

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Juke offers sporty handling, but noted that it's not ideal if cabin and cargo space are top priorities.  

Pros & Cons

  • Outstanding fuel economy
  • Sharp handling
  • Swift acceleration
  • Fun interior design
  • Small cargo hold
  • Tight rear seat
  • Cheap interior materials

Rankings & Research

The 2012 Nissan Juke's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2012 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Juke has a score of 7.8 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 44 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 7.9
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2012 Nissan Juke Overview

Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the 2012 Nissan Juke delivers rapid acceleration that impressed test drivers. The Juke's engine is mated to either a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. Getting up to 27/32 mpg city/highway, the Juke gets outstanding fuel economy for the class. The Juke requires premium fuel. Test drivers were pleased with the Nissan Juke's agile handling, describing it as nimble and well-controlled. They noted that the Juke rides firmly, and while some said it’s still comfortable, others commented that imperfect roads can result in a harsh ride. Reviewers said that steering is precise and quick, and is made even sharper in Sport mode, which adjusts the responsiveness of the accelerator, steering and transmission.

Automotive writers said the 2012 Nissan Juke is fitted with a lot of hard plastics, but they still appreciated the cabin's attractive, bold styling. The Juke seats five and test drivers were disappointed by the lack of passenger space in the rear seat. They also noted that the lack of telescoping steering wheel makes it difficult to find a comfortable driving position. The base model comes with Bluetooth, an auxiliary input, iPod connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Navigation, satellite radio, a rearview camera and push-button start were optional when the Juke was new. The 2012 Nissan Juke’s clearly marked gauges and straightforward controls earned high marks from reviewers. The Juke has 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, which is less room than what most compact SUVs offer. Still, some test drivers noted that front-wheel drive models have a convenient under-floor storage bin.

Other SUVs to Consider

Reviewers said the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan features top-notch interior materials and controls that are easy to master. Test drivers also praised the Tiguan's ample rear-seat space, which they said can comfortably accommodate most adults.

The 2012 Honda CR-V has one of the largest cargo holds in the class, and reviewers said its front and rear seats are roomy and comfortable. The CR-V also comes standard with features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port.

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