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2014 Nissan Juke Review

The Nissan Juke offers powerful engines, spirited handling, and ride comfort. However, its lack of cargo space and poor reliability rating push it toward the bottom of our subcompact SUV rankings.  

Pros & Cons

  • Lively acceleration
  • Nimble handling in curves
  • Very good fuel economy
  • Cramped back seat
  • Small cargo area

Rankings & Research

The 2014 Nissan Juke's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Juke has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 47 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.0
Safety: 7.9
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2014 Nissan Juke Overview

Is the 2014 Nissan Juke a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Nissan Juke is an excellent subcompact SUV for corner-carving fun behind the wheel. However, it's best for shoppers who rarely need adult-friendly back seats or lots of cargo space. Additionally, its quirky interior design may be off-putting if you prefer simple styling.

Used 2014 Nissan Juke Performance and Interior

Powering the front-wheel-drive Nissan Juke is a 188-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission. That's a good amount of horsepower for a subcompact SUV, and it shows in the Juke's zippy acceleration. The Juke Nismo, which is available with all-wheel drive, has a 197-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission (the CVT is available). According to the EPA, the base Nissan Juke with the automatic transmission gets up to 27 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, which is outstanding for the class. However, don’t expect significant money savings at the pump, as all Juke models use premium gasoline. When it comes to handling, the Juke is a standout in the class, delivering quick steering, strong brakes, and a comfortable and well-controlled ride.

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The Nissan Juke is a 2-row, five-seat subcompact SUV with an eccentric, sporty cabin design. The interior's abundance of hard plastic can make it feel cheap. The Juke has decent front-seat space, but a low roofline inhibits back-seat headroom. Outboard seats have full sets of LATCH connectors for child safety seats, and the rear middle seat has an upper tether anchor. At a maximum of 35.9 cubic feet, the Nissan Juke's cargo space is smaller than rivals’ cargo holds – like those of the Buick Encore and Mini Cooper Countryman.

An auxiliary input, an iPod interface, and Bluetooth phone connectivity are standard features. Some Juke models may come with a USB port, a Rockford Fosgate stereo, satellite radio, a 5-inch touch-screen navigation system, push-button start, a moonroof, or a rearview camera. The large audio and climate knobs are easy to operate.

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Used 2014 Nissan Juke Prices

Pricing ranges from about $12,000 for the Juke S with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission up to nearly $17,500 for the performance-tuned, all-wheel-drive Juke Nismo RS. However, prices can vary based on the vehicle's location, condition, mileage, and features.

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We Did the Research for You: 47 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our personal opinions. Rather, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 47 Nissan Juke reviews to give you a detailed overview of its pros and cons.  

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Nissan Juke?

The 2014 Juke has a below-average reliability score of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power. 

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How Safe Is the Juke?

The 2014 Juke earned the top rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests (moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength) and the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front test. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration evaluations, the Juke earned a perfect five stars in the side crash test, three stars in the frontal test, and four stars in the rollover test and for its overall safety. A rearview camera is available.

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Should I Consider Another Used Juke?

The Nissan Juke was introduced in 2011, and the Juke Nismo debuted in 2013. This first generation continues through the 2017 model year. Consider purchasing an earlier model, which could save you some money without depriving you of the features found in the 2014 model. If you don't mind spending a little more, you should also check out the 2015 Juke, which was fully redesigned. It offers a few more notable standard features, including a rearview camera, push-button start, and a 5-inch color display.

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Which Used Nissan Juke Is Right for Me?

The Juke is available in four trim levels: S (base), SV, SL, and Nismo. Most buyers will be satisfied with the Juke S, which comes with a six-speaker stereo, an auxiliary input, an iPod interface, and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Moving up to the Juke SV gets you a power moonroof, a proximity key with push-button start, automatic climate control, satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upgraded upholstery. The Juke SL adds a rearview camera, navigation, a 5-inch touch-screen display, an eight-speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo, a USB port, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and automatic headlights. The Juke Nismo trim offers the most exciting performance enhancements, including a performance-tuned suspension, an aerodynamic body kit, sport front seats, and Nismo branding and styling.  

Considering the Juke's poor reliability rating, a certified pre-owned model is worth considering. For its certified pre-owned 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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2014 Nissan Juke and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Juke or 2014 Buick Encore?

Between these two rivals, the Buick Encore is the superior subcompact SUV overall. It has a nicer interior than the Juke and more standard features, including a 7-inch infotainment system and a rearview camera. It also has much more cargo space. The Encore has a less powerful engine and isn’t as fun to drive as the Juke, but it still comes through as the winner.

Which Is Better: 2014 Nissan Juke or 2014 Mini Cooper Countryman?

Like the Juke, the Mini Cooper Countryman is one of the few subcompacts with exciting driving dynamics. However, the Countryman’s underpowered base engine means most shoppers will have to pay more for a peppier available version. In the end, the Juke’s stronger base engine and considerably lower total cost of ownership give it a slight edge.

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