Nissan Juke: Love It or Hate it?

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Sometimes strange is good, but it depends on who you ask. In the case of Nissan's oddball compact crossover, the debate rages on. The Juke's frog-eyed face and squat, angular silhouette are endearing to some but repulsive to others, making it one of the most polarizing vehicles on the road even a few years after its debut.

To me, its break-the-mold looks, sporty handling and zippy 188-horsepower, turbocharged engine translate into a unique blend of style and attitude, but many disagree. The Juke attracts lots of attention on the road; I've heard it called everything from a "bug-eyed alien" to "so ugly it's cute." I polled Cars.com's editorial staff and it turns out, our answers are just as mixed:

David Thomas: Hate It

I like the looks and the concept of the Juke. I just hate the reality of it. There isn't enough performance under hood for all the tradeoffs ownership includes. Mainly, I find it too small for me as a driver and there isn't much usable space in the back seat or cargo area to warrant this body style versus, say, a Subaru BRZ.

Jennifer Newman: Love It

There's something about this car's bug-eyed look that makes me love it. In fact, I'm such a fan of its odd design that I was hoping Nissan would redesign the Rogue crossover to look like a bigger Juke.

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Joe Bruzek: Hate It

My gripes aren't from its looks, which I think are unique in some ways but definitely still different enough to call ugly. Not a bad ugly, just different. The Juke's fun-to-drive factor is minimal even with its turbocharged engine and continuously variable automatic transmission, which should be the recipe for a pocket rocket. Instead, the Juke is loud, unrefined and slow with handling that's choppy and skittish. And if something this polarizing isn't fun to drive or overly purposeful/gas friendly, I fail to see the point.

Kelsey Mays: Hate It

The handling has its moments, but it doesn't make up for poor execution elsewhere: poor ride control, buzzy drivetrain, inconsistent throttle response. I found the cabin a real mess, from materials to ergonomics. Interesting styling, but headroom in both rows is tight, you can't see the navigation map when you get a phone call, the heated seat buttons are underneath the center console, the Bluetooth doesn't stream audio and the steering wheel doesn't telescope. And behind the second row there is less cargo room than in a Honda Civic coupe.

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Mike Hanley: It's Complicated

I love that Nissan was willing to take a risk with the Juke's styling but wish there was more room for passengers and cargo.

Aaron Bragman: It's Complicated

Well, I love to drive it, and I hate to look at it. The Juke is best experienced from the driver's seat — inside, it's fresh, modern and well thought out. The turbo engine plus all- wheel drive is a hoot, and the Juke NISMO I drove was even more fun. But it is indeed hideous to behold. It is an aesthetic nightmare; the thing looks like an angry Pokemon.

Kristin Varela: It's Complicated

I HATE the look of the Juke — like a dead beetle with bulging eyeballs that's been stepped on and crushed slightly. The ride, however, is surprisingly great. It has a really nice balance of comfort with more oomph than you'd expect and is quite comfortable as a daily- grind driver.

What about you? Is this oddball's 15 minutes of fame up or should its eclectic styling and spunky spirit earn it a long-term place in Nissan's lineup?

Related
Research the 2013 Nissan Juke
2013 Nissan Juke NISMO at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show
More Nissan News

<p>Sometimes strange is good, but it depends on who you ask. In the case of Nissan's oddball

compact crossover, the debate rages on. The Juke's frog-eyed face and squat, angular

silhouette are endearing to some but repulsive to others, making it one of the most

polarizing vehicles on the road even a few years after its debut. </p>

<p>To me, its break-the-mold looks, sporty handling and zippy 188-horsepower, turbocharged

engine translate into a unique blend of style and attitude, but many disagree. The Juke

attracts lots of attention on the road; I've heard it called everything from a "bug-eyed

alien" to "so ugly it's cute." I polled Cars.com's editorial staff and it turns out, our

answers are just as mixed: </p>

JUMP
<p>David Thomas: Hate It</p>

<p>I like the looks and the concept of the Juke. I just hate the reality of it. There isn't

enough performance under hood for all the tradeoffs ownership includes. Mainly, I find it

too small for me as a driver and there isn't much usable space in the back seat or cargo

area to warrant this body style versus, say, a Subaru BRZ. </p>

<p>Jennifer Newman: Love It</p>

<p>There's something about this car's bug-eyed look that makes me love it. In fact, I'm such a

fan of its odd design that I was hoping Nissan would redesign the Rogue crossover to look

like a bigger Juke.  </p>

<p>Joe Bruzek: Hate It</p>

My gripes aren't from its looks, which I think are unique in some ways but definitely still

different enough to call ugly. Not a bad ugly, just different. The Juke's fun-to-drive

factor is minimal even with its turbocharged engine and continuously variable automatic

transmission, which should be the recipe for a pocket rocket. Instead, the Juke is loud,

unrefined and slow with handling that's choppy and skittish. And if something this

polarizing isn't fun to drive or overly purposeful/gas friendly, I fail to see the point. </p>

<p>Kelsey Mays: Hate It </p>

The handling has its moments, but it doesn't make up for poor execution elsewhere: poor ride

control, buzzy drivetrain, inconsistent throttle response. I found the cabin a real mess,

from materials to ergonomics. Interesting styling, but headroom in both rows is tight, you

can't see the navigation map when you get a phone call, the heated seat buttons are

underneath the center console, the Bluetooth doesn't stream audio and the steering wheel

doesn't telescope. And behind the second row there is less cargo room than in a Honda Civic

coupe. </p>

<p>Mike Hanley: It's Complicated </p>

I love that Nissan was willing to take a risk with the Juke's styling but wish there was

more room for passengers and cargo.</p>
 
<p>Aaron Bragman: It's Complicated</p>

<p>Well, I love to drive it, and I hate to look at it. The Juke is best experienced from the

driver's seat &mdash; inside, it's fresh, modern and well thought out. The turbo engine plus all-

wheel drive is a hoot, and the Juke NISMO I drove was even more fun. But it is indeed

hideous to behold. It is an aesthetic nightmare; the thing looks like an angry Pokemon.</p>

<p>Kristin Varela: It's Complicated</p>

<p>I HATE the look of the Juke &mdash; like a dead beetle with bulging eyeballs that's been stepped

on and crushed slightly. The ride, however, is surprisingly great. It has a really nice

balance of comfort with more oomph than you'd expect and is quite comfortable as a daily-

grind driver.</p>

<p>What about you? Is this oddball's 15 minutes of fame up or should its eclectic styling and

spunky spirit earn it a long-term place in Nissan's lineup? </p>

<p>Related
Research the 2013 Nissan Juke[JLB1]
2013 Nissan Juke NISMO at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show
[JLB2]More Nissan News [JLB3]</p>



[JLB1]http://www.cars.com/nissan/juke/2013/

[JLB2]http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2013/02/2013-nissan-juke-nismo-at-the-2013-

chicago-auto-show.html
[JLB3]http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/nissan/

Comments 

Todd Smith

I'm a full 43" high-up from the waist, and was stuck in one of those POS and couldn't even have my head up straight. It's a waste of design and talent for Corporate Money!!!

Dan

love it or hate it, it answers the needs for drivers who want to stand out for whatever reason. the AWD is awesome here in the MidWest. Gas mileage could be better, but it is nimble and makes a great city car

toronado455

I like the exterior, but dislike the interior.

Glenn

I drive a Soul and I've always liked the Element so I know something about ugly. This one's a little too weird for me, but it's interesting-ugly. The Aztek and it's BMW reincarnation, the X6 are just plain ugly. I've driven a Juke and it's interesting enough to drive, but so cramped inside and no cargo space. That's what really lost me - inefficient use of space. That and premium fuel.

Steve

My wife's ex-husband had a Juke (for 2 weeks) before trading it in on a Kia Sorrento. I was amazed at how tight the rear seats/cargo were. He complained the mpg's weren't that good. To my eyes, there was alot that wasn't good. I vote UGLY on this one.

TH

Now that I look more closely at it, it reminds me of a French Bulldog

Tony

Love it, especially Nismo version but no way buying it. Relatively bad fuel economy with combination of premium fuel, and uncomfortable seats (non Nismo) is my showstoppers.
I disregard any complaints about rear seat room, etc, because if you expect need for driving passengers, you don't go for this type of car to begin with.

Hahaha. First of all, I love your blog. I'm a vehicle enthusiast and I am absolutely ecstatic to have found your blog. Keep up the good work! Second of all, I have never ridden a Juke before. So, I can only comment on what I see. I don't think the Juke is THAT hideous. Not really, no. It's just really weird looking. Does it deserve a long-lasting place in Nissan's line-up? Probably, so. Just because of it's ugly cuteness. More importantly, I think Nissan deserves an award for being bold enough to take such a risk. (Rainneverhurts.blogspot.com) By the way, this is a fairly new blog. Just wanted to get it out there. Hahaha. Thanks again for the post. Cheers! :)

M3

Looks like a warthog to me. Wish they offered a two-door of it, then I'd be interested.

Zoomy

I think the front looks like a deformed frog or mutant insect of some sort. The side isn't too bad, but could be better. The back view to me is it's best side. In general, I'd have to say I hate it!

John J.

I drive a Juke and I LOVE the car! Nissan sales for the Juke are up 77% this year, so I guess a lot of other people love it too! I got it after driving a pickup for 15 years. It's cool looking, fast, handles well, feels like a sports car, comfortable for myself and my wife in the front....my daughter fits in the back just fine. I've never been to the grocery store and ran out of room to store the bags. Best of all....coming from a pickup that got terrible gas mileage....changing to the Juke saves me lots of money in gas every month!

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