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2016 Nissan Juke Review

The 2016 Nissan Juke boasts agile handling and strong performance from its sporty engine options. However, its low safety scores, small cargo area, and cheap interior materials drag this SUV to the bottom half of the subcompact SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Sporty handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Less cargo space than rivals
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Low safety scores for the class

Rankings & Research

The 2016 Nissan Juke's #6 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Subcompact SUVs category. Currently the Nissan Juke has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 56 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 6.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 7.9
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2016 Nissan Juke Overview

Is the 2016 Nissan Juke a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Nissan Juke is a decent pick if you’re shopping for a used subcompact SUV. It offers lively engines with nimble handling. Models with all-wheel drive deliver solid control in adverse weather conditions. The Juke uses premium gasoline, but it has good fuel economy estimates. However, its safety scores are low for the class, and its cramped, low-quality interior makes it difficult to recommend over rivals like the 2016 Fiat 500X and 2016 Chevy Trax.

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How Much Is the 2016 Nissan Juke?

With an average list price of $16,300, the 2016 Nissan Juke is among the least expensive vehicles in its class. Prices range from $13,000 to $20,600. These estimates are based on the almost 400 listings for the 2016 Juke on our site. Prices vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Nissan Juke Cost to Own?

The 2016 Juke is one of the more expensive subcompact SUVs to own. Over the course of five years, you can expect to pay around $24,000 for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs. That’s about $4,800 annually. By comparison, those same costs are around $20,600 for the 2016 Mazda CX-3 and $22,200 for the 2016 Chevrolet Trax.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Juke?

Production on the Juke ended after the 2017 model year, so there are no 2018 Jukes to buy.

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Most new 2018 subcompact SUVs cannot compete with the 2016 Juke’s price. Even the 2018 Honda HR-V, one of the most affordable SUVs in our rankings, starts at around $19,700, which is about $3,400 more than the average 2016 Juke.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Nissan Juke?

The 2016 Juke has an above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's equal to or better than the ratings of highly ranked competitors such as the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Mazda CX-3.

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2016 Nissan Juke Recalls

At the time of this writing, there is one recall on the 2016 Nissan Juke. Brake fluid may leak from some models, potentially increasing the risk of a crash. Make sure this recall has been addressed before you consider purchasing this vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the Nissan Juke Is Best?

The 2016 Juke is part of a generation that launched for the 2011 model year and ended with the 2017 Nissan Juke. You can save money on 2013 and 2014 models, but later models are better equipped. Nissan refreshed the Juke for 2015, bringing exterior styling updates and adding standard features including a rearview camera and an upgraded infotainment system. The sporty Nismo RS also made its debut for the 2015 model year. Outside of adding standard Siri Eyes Free, Nissan made no major changes for the 2016 or 2017 model years, so shopping for a 2015 Juke is a good way to go.

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Which Used Nissan Juke Model Is Right for Me?

The Juke comes in five trims: S, SV, SL, Nismo, and Nismo RS. The base S trim includes push-button start and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration. You also get NissanConnect, which provides hands-free smartphone integration that allows you to play music and monitor social media through the dashboard display screen. The SV adds a moonroof, premium cloth seating, satellite radio, and automatic climate control. The SL adds an upgraded NissanConnect system with navigation, leather seats, and a Rockford Fosgate stereo. The Nismo has a sports suspension and power steering, while the Nismo RS adds Recaro sport bucket front seats, larger brakes, and a tuned exhaust. The SV trim’s long list of standard features makes it a good choice for most shoppers.

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 Juke an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. It earned three stars in the frontal crash test, four stars in the rollover crash test, and five stars for the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Juke a Poor rating, the lowest possible, in the small overlap front crash test. It earned the top rating of Good in the remaining four crash test categories.

A rearview camera is standard in the 2016 Juke, while a 360-degree Around View Monitor is available. Many rivals offer more advanced safety features, including forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, parking sensors, and lane departure alert.

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2016 Nissan Juke Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Juke or 2016 Fiat 500X?

While the Juke has a low-rent interior and a jumbled design, the 2016 Fiat 500X boasts a stylish cabin made with high-quality materials. The Fiat also earns much better safety scores, has more spacious rear seats, and has plenty of headroom for adults. (Both vehicles have less-than-desirable rear legroom.) Though its fuel economy estimates aren't as good as the Juke's, the 500X's EPA numbers are still good for the subcompact SUV class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Nissan Juke or 2016 Chevrolet Trax?

In most ways, the 2016 Chevrolet Trax is the superior SUV. It has more cargo and rear-seat room, as well as higher safety and reliability scores. The Trax also tends to cost less and has lower estimated costs for gas, maintenance, repairs, and insurance. Still, if you’re looking for engaging performance, pick the Juke. It has stronger engines and livelier acceleration, especially in the performance-oriented Nismo trim.

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2016 Juke Performance

How Does the 2016 Nissan Juke Drive?

The Juke comes standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 188 horsepower. The performance-oriented Juke Nismo RS has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 215 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) comes standard, and a six-speed manual is standard on front-wheel-drive Nismo and Nismo RS models. All-wheel drive is available, along with an integrated control system with different driving modes (Eco, Normal and Sport) that adjust throttle and transmission settings.

The Juke has decent power and quick acceleration, as well as nimble handling and good balance around corners. It is especially peppy in Sport mode, but the CVT doesn’t work as smoothly.

Does the 2016 Nissan Juke Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Juke gets an excellent 28 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. Estimates drop a bit with the high-performance Nismo RS: 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. It’s worth noting, that the Juke uses premium gasoline.

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2016 Juke Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Juke Seat?

The 2016 Nissan Juke has standard cloth upholstery and seats five, though adults may feel cramped in the rear seats. Heated front seats, sport bucket front seats with added side bolstering, and faux-suede or leather upholstery are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Nissan Juke?

The Juke has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, as well as a middle seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the SUV’s LATCH system an Acceptable rating, the second highest, for ease of use.

2016 Nissan Juke Features

The 2016 Juke comes standard with a rearview camera, push-button start, Bluetooth, a USB port, a hands-free text messaging assistant, and a 5-inch color display. Available features include a six-speaker Rockford Fosgate audio system and the NissanConnect infotainment system, which includes navigation, mobile app integration, and a 5.8-inch touch screen. The Juke’s instruments are easy to see and use.

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2016 Nissan Juke Dimensions

Nissan Juke Cargo Space

The 2016 Juke has 10.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 35.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. That is very small for the class.

2016 Juke Length and Weight

The Nissan Juke is 13.5 feet long, with the Nismo and Nismo RS models reaching 13.7 feet. Curb weight ranges from 2,950 pounds for the Nismo to 3,209 pounds for the all-wheel-drive Juke SL.

Where Was the 2016 Nissan Juke Built?

Nissan built the 2016 Juke in Japan.

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