2013 Nissan Juke Review Photos

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Nissan Juke
Is the Juke so ugly it's cute? That's what one editor said. Others weren't so generous to the small crossover, whose cluster of lights is confusing. (For the record, the ones near the grille are headlights; the ones atop the hood are parking lights and turn signals.)

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Nissan Juke
Seventeen-inch alloy wheels are standard. Although it offers all-wheel drive, the Juke's length and height run closer to a subcompact hatchback, like the Honda Fit or Nissan Versa Note, than to a compact SUV.

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Nissan Juke
Nissan's blue-and-silver ''Pure Drive'' decal sits below the Juke's trim badging. Nissan applies the signage to most of its cars as part of a brand-wide effort to raise gas mileage, but it bears only some truth here. The Juke gets decent EPA-estimated combined mileage, but it needs premium gas for maximum performance.

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Nissan Juke
A new Midnight Edition package (1) swaps in black alloy wheels, a black roof spoiler and black painted mirrors. The Juke Nismo (2), which hails from Nissan's Motorsports division, has a lower suspension and unique bodywork that improve downforce by 37 percent, Nissan says. Eighteen-inch wheels on the Nismo wear wider, P225/45R18 tires, versus the regular Juke's 17-inch wheels and P215/55R17 tires.

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Nissan Juke
The Juke's turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder makes 188 hp and 177 pounds-feet of torque; in the Juke Nismo, power increases to 197 hp and 184 pounds-feet.

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Nissan Juke
A six-speed manual (1) is standard on the front-wheel-drive Juke SL, SV and Nismo. All-wheel-drive models, as well as the Juke S, have a continuously variable automatic transmission (2). It's optional on the front-drive SL and SV.

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Nissan Juke
The cabin's inventive styling features a painted center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank, Nissan says. It can't make up for crude build-quality, which ranges from a rickety center armrest to a headliner that feels like egg-crate material. Other cars have integrated their passenger-side airbags for years; the Juke still has 1990s-era cutouts.

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Nissan Juke
The three-spoke steering wheel comes standard with cruise, audio and Bluetooth (phone, not audio streaming) controls. SV and SL models get a leather-wrapped wheel. Unfortunately, no trim has a telescoping steering adjustment.

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Nissan Juke
The front door armrests (shown) have minimal padding, but that's better than the rear doors, which have cheap plastic cutouts in place of armrests.

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Nissan Juke
The driver's seat has a standard manual height adjustment with two grades of cloth upholstery. You can also get leather (shown) that's unexpectedly rich given the cabin's otherwise humble materials. The Juke Nismo gets suede seats with red stitching and thicker bolsters (inset).

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Nissan Juke
The Juke SL has heated seats, but the switches sit below the center armrest, meaning you have to flip it up to access them. It's annoying.

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Nissan Juke
Besides folding down for more cargo room, the rear seats have no adjustments. It's inhospitable back there, with no armrest padding and inadequate room for adults.

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Nissan Juke
Deep glove compartment, thy creator is Nissan. Like many of its stablemates, the Juke's glove compartment goes very deep. I hear you'll meet Aslan at the other end.

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Nissan Juke
The Juke's large side mirrors help visibility, but the small rear window and thick C-pillars hurt it.

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Cargo room behind the Juke's backseat is just 10.5 cubic feet, which is smaller than the trunk in every popular subcompact sedan. Fold the seats down and maximum volume is 35.9 cubic feet. That's still undersized among small hatchbacks and SUVs.

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