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2013 Nissan Juke Review

Sporty handling and a peppy turbocharged engine make driving the used 2013 Nissan Juke a joy. Still, it suffers from a harsh ride and a cramped cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic performance
  • Great fuel economy
  • Small cabin
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Harsh ride

Rankings & Research

The 2013 Nissan Juke's #3 ranking is based on its score within the 2013 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Juke has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 46 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 6.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 8.9
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2013 Nissan Juke Overview

Is the 2013 Nissan Juke a Good Used SUV?

If you want a fun-to-drive subcompact SUV and don’t need much cargo or interior space, the Nissan Juke is a great buy. It offers highway-ready engine power and agile handling. However, the ride is on the firm side.

Used 2013 Nissan Juke Performance and Juke

The front-wheel-drive Nissan Juke has two turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The 188-horsepower base engine provides zippy acceleration. The performance-oriented Juke Nismo instead produces 197 horsepower. An automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual gearbox is available on front-wheel drive SV, SL, and Nismo trims. All-wheel drive is available on all trims.

With the automatic transmission, the base Juke gets up to 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which are among the best fuel economy estimates for any SUV.

Behind the wheel, the Juke offers sharp steering and agile handling. However, its sporty performance makes for a stiff ride. If you want even sharper driving dynamics don’t mind the harsh ride, consider the Juke Nismo. It has a sport-tuned suspension for nimbler cornering ability. 

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The Nissan Juke seats five in two rows. Its cabin features distinctive, sporty styling and user-friendly tech features. However, it’s made with mostly low-rent materials. As with most subcompact SUVs, the Juke has just enough front-seat space for average-size adults. The back seats are cramped, providing little headroom due to a low roofline. Each of the rear outboard seats have a full set of LATCH connectors for child safety seats, and the middle seat has a tether-only connection. The Nissan Juke has up to 35.9 cubic feet of cargo space, which is on the small side for the class.

Standard features in the 2013 Juke include an auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Some models may come with navigation, a USB port, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, or proximity key with push-button start.

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Used 2013 Nissan Juke Prices

The average price of a used 2013 Nissan Juke ranges from nearly $10,000 for the Juke S base model with an automatic transmission and front-wheel drive up to almost $13,300 for the Juke Nismo with an automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Still, pricing will vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 46 Reviews Analyzed

We base our used car rankings and reviews on an analysis of hard data – including crash test scores, reliability ratings, and total cost of ownership estimates – as well as the opinions of the automotive press. We researched and analyzed 46 reviews for this 2013 Nissan Juke overview.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 Nissan Juke?

J.D. Power gives the 2013 Nissan Juke a three-star (out of five) reliability rating, which is average for the automotive industry.

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How Safe Is the Juke?

The 2013 Juke received the highest score of Good in all four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety evaluations. It was also named a Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2013 Juke four-out-of-five stars for overall safety, as well as in the rollover crash test. The Juke earned five stars in the side crash test and three stars in the frontal evaluation.

A rearview camera is an available safety feature in the Juke.

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Is the 2013 Juke the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 Nissan Juke is part of a generation that began with the 2011 model year. For 2013, Nissan introduced the performance-oriented Juke Nismo model. However, there were few changes to the base model since the 2011 model year. Choosing a 2011 or 2012 model could save you some money without depriving you of features.

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Which Used Nissan Juke Is Right for Me?

The 2013 Juke is available in four trim levels: S (base), SV, SL, and Nismo. The Juke S comes with a good number of standard tech features for most buyers, including a six-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input jack, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and an iPod interface.

However, the Juke SV is a better value, adding standard push-button start, automatic climate control, satellite radio, and upgraded upholstery. The Juke SL packs plenty of high-tech features, like navigation, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touch-screen display, an eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo, a USB port, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and automatic headlights.

If you want better performance and have room in your budget, consider the Juke Nismo trim. It comes equipped with a stronger engine, a sport-tuned suspension, an aerodynamic body kit, front sport seats, and Nismo-branded accents.

You also have the option to purchase a certified pre-owned Nissan. For its CPO vehicles, Nissan extends the original new-car warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles. To become certified pre-owned, each vehicle must pass a 167-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Nissan warranty page carefully.

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2013 Nissan Juke and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Juke or 2013 Buick Encore?

Although the Buick Encore isn’t as engaging to drive as the Juke, it’s more for most shoppers. The Encore has a higher-quality interior loaded with more standard features, including a rearview camera and a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system. It has a higher reliability rating than the Juke, and it has more cargo space. 

Which Is Better: 2013 Nissan Juke or 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport?

The Outlander Sport only holds one notable advantage over the Juke: its roomier back seat. Other than that, the Juke has the edge with a better reliability rating, sharper driving dynamics, and a stronger engine.

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