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2015 Nissan Juke Review

The 2015 Nissan Juke ranks in the bottom third of the subcompact SUV class. It has a zippy engine and sporty handling, but many rivals have nicer cabins and higher safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Capable engine
  • Lively handling


  • Small cargo hold
  • Tight rear seats


New for 2015

  • Refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • Rearview camera became standard

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Nissan Juke's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Juke has a score of 7.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 53 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 7.9
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2015 Nissan Juke Overview

Is the 2015 Nissan Juke a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Nissan Juke is an OK used subcompact SUV. It boasts a lively engine and dynamic handling. It also has great fuel economy, but it requires premium gasoline. The Juke's low safety score and cramped rear seats hold it back, and many rivals have larger cargo holds.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our Nissan Juke review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 53 sources and combined them with concrete data like reliability ratings, safety scores, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Nissan Juke?

Based on more than 520 listings for the 2015 Nissan Juke on our site, the average price is $16,300, which is about average for the class. Prices range from $12,900 to $19,500 and vary depending on the vehicle’s mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Nissan Juke Cost to Own?

The Juke’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are projected to be around $24,950, or $4,990 per year. That’s high for the subcompact SUV class. For comparison, the five-year costs for the 2015 Chevrolet Trax are projected to be about $1,930 less.

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

Nissan discontinued the Juke after the 2017 model year. Because of that, you cannot buy a new model. Instead, you might consider the 2019 Nissan Kicks, a crossover SUV that replaced the Juke. The Kicks, which has a starting price of $18,540, offers less cargo space than the Juke, but it has roomier seats, better fuel economy, and more standard safety features. Those are some compelling reasons to buy new.

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The price of a used 2015 Nissan Juke ranges from $12,900 to $19,500. A few new subcompact SUVs retail near the high end of that spread, including the aforementioned Kicks. The 2019 Hyundai Kona, starting at $19,990, is another great crossover. It has agile handling, a handsome cabin, and modern connectivity features like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Neither of those are available in the 2015 Juke.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Juke Is Best?

The 2015 Juke is part of a generation that launched for the 2011 model year. It’s also the best model to buy. Nissan refreshed the 2015 Juke, upgrading its infotainment system, giving it new exterior styling, and adding more standard features, such as a rearview camera. The Nismo RS model, which is sportier and has a more potent engine, also debuted in 2015. Siri Eyes Free became standard in the 2016 Juke, but the model received no other updates.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Nissan Juke?

J.D. Power gives the 2015 Juke a reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2015 Nissan Juke Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2015 Nissan Juke. The brake fluid may leak, increasing the risk of a crash.

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Nissan Juke Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Juke is available in five trim levels: S, SV, SL, Nismo, and Nismo RS. All but the last trim come with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower. The Nismo RS takes the turbo-four and squeezes out 215 horsepower (211 with all-wheel drive). All-wheel drive and a multilink rear suspension are available in every trim.

Unless you really want the power bump of the Nismo RS, the best bet is probably the Juke SL or an SV model outfitted with the upgraded infotainment system.

The base Juke S has a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) with Sport Mode, as well as a 5-inch display, satellite radio, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth with hands-free texting, a USB port, a rearview camera, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, cloth seats, and alloy wheels.

The Juke SV adds a moonroof, automatic climate control, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You might also find an SV model with a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, a surround-view parking camera, heated front seats, and a Rockford Fosgate sound system. The Juke SL features all of the above plus fog lights and leather seats.

The Nismo makes a few performance-oriented changes. It swaps out the CVT for a six-speed manual transmission. It also has a sport-tuned suspension and steering system, sporty interior and exterior styling enhancements, and larger alloy wheels. Some of these include sport seats, Alcantara leather, and Nismo badging.

The Juke Nismo RS is the top-of-the-line trim. In addition to the slight horsepower bump, it gains larger brakes, more aggressive steering and suspension tuning, and Recaro front sport seats. Front-wheel-drive RS models get a limited-slip differential.

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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.

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

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How Safe Is the Juke?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 Juke the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the small overlap front test.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Juke an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It received five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the rollover evaluation, and three stars in the frontal crash test.

A rearview camera comes standard in this crossover, and a surround-view parking camera is available.

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2015 Nissan Juke Versus the Competition

Many of the Juke’s well-known rivals, such as the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3, did not debut until the 2016 model year.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Juke or 2015 Kia Soul?

The 2015 Kia Soul, a compact car, is a much better vehicle than the Juke. This Kia hatchback has a nicer cabin than the Nissan, more passenger room and a lot more cargo space. The Soul also has a better safety score and costs considerably less, on average. Go with the Soul.

Which Is Better: 2015 Nissan Juke or 2015 Buick Encore?

The 2015 Buick Encore is an OK subcompact SUV. It has more rear-seat legroom and cargo space than the Nissan, as well as higher safety scores. The Encore has more standard features too, including a Wi-Fi hot spot. On the other hand, its engine feels underpowered, and it has the lowest possible reliability rating. Unless you want the Encore’s extra space and comfort, go for the Juke.

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2015 Juke Performance

How Does the 2015 Nissan Juke Drive?

Powering this crossover SUV is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. In the Nismo RS, this engine puts out 215 horsepower with front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission, or 211 horsepower with all-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

This hatchback has plenty of pep for city and highway driving, and it offers brisk acceleration on the highway. Around turns, the Juke almost feels like a sports car. No one would mistake it for the Nissan GT-R, but this crossover feels agile and lively on the road, and its precise steering and composure make it fun to drive. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2015 Nissan Juke Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Juke with the CVT gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Those are excellent figures for the subcompact SUV class. Estimates drop to 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the Nismo RS.

Also, the Juke uses premium gasoline – a rarity among subcompact SUVs.

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2015 Juke Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Juke Seat?

The 2015 Juke seats five people on standard cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are available. Numerous leather-styled sport seats are offered too.

The front seats are generally comfortable, though the lack of a telescoping steering wheel can make it hard for some drivers to find a comfortable position. Headroom in the rear is tight, even for average-sized adults. There are also some cheap cabin materials and hard plastics.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Nissan Juke?

The 2015 Nissan Juke has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats on the rear outboard seats. There’s also an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2015 Nissan Juke Features

The base Nissan Juke S features a 5-inch display, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, push-button start, proximity keyless entry, and a rearview camera.

Available upgrades include the NissanConnect infotainment system, a 5.8-inch touch screen, navigation, a surround-view parking camera, automatic climate control, and a moonroof. The NissanConnect interface is easy to use, and there are plenty of accessible physical controls.

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2015 Nissan Juke Dimensions

Nissan Juke Cargo Space

This crossover has 10.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats and a total of 35.9 cubic feet with the seats folded. Those numbers are below average for the subcompact SUV class.

2015 Juke Length and Weight

The 2015 Juke is around 13.5 feet long, though Nismo models are closer to 13.7 feet. Its curb weight ranges from 2,950 to 3,209.

Where Was the 2015 Nissan Juke Built?

Nissan built the 2015 Juke in Japan.

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