2014 Nissan Juke Review


"Even its high-performance RS version can't redeem the 2014 Nissan Juke from being an odd duck, and problems with refinement and crash tests make this mallard sink more than swim," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

2014 Nissan Juke Expert Review

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | August 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

What's the Best Cheap Speed Car for $30,000?


Plenty of drivers want a level of performance without breaking the bank. We found eight cars that prove fun at the track is not limited to the well-to-do.

$30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge
Index | What the Judges Said | Mileage Test

We focused our Challenge on compact coupes, sedans and hatchbacks that cost less than $30,000, including destination charge. We picked the price based on Cars.com's listings for cars of this type that came with the features we know are popular with younger drivers looking for a performance kick. After five days of testing (including a day at a drag strip and a day on a road course) by experts from Cars.com, USA Today, "MotorWeek" and a real-life, in-market family, here's how the results broke down:

By Patrick Olsen | July 28, 2014 | Comments (21)

$30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge: Mileage Results


Any car owner will tell you the cost of driving does not begin or end with the sticker price or the monthly payment notice arriving in the mailbox. There's insurance, maintenance and yes, the cost of gasoline.

$30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge
Index | What the Judges Said | Results

The competitors in our Cheap Speed Challenge may be relatively affordable considering their performance chops, but six of the eight require premium gasoline. Going into the contest, mileage didn't seem like it would be much of a story.

After a 220-plus-mile route through Wisconsin and Illinois that mixed in winding country roads, city streets and plenty of construction-laden highways, we discovered mileage was indeed worth talking about in this class.

By David Thomas | July 28, 2014 | Comments (1)

$30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge: What the Judges Said


To test our sub-$30,000 speedsters, we put them through an even more rigorous set of tests than we usually use in our Challenges:

  • We spent one day at the Byron, Ill., Dragway to get zero-to-60-mph times and quarter-mile times and speeds; we also captured 60-mph-to-zero braking distances there.
  • We spent one day at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Ill., where the experts put the cars through a long day on the road course there.
  • We took all eight on a mileage drive of more than 200 miles to judge real-world fuel economy.
  • The experts drove all eight over the same course, back-to-back, to judge real-world ride and handling, acceleration and braking.
  • And then we brought in a real-life car shopper, Joe Weiss, a 38-year-old quality assurance manager from Chicago who's in the market for just such a car for himself and his fiancee.


Weiss joined our cast of judges (left to right):

  • Brian Robinson, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"
  • Joe Wiesenfelder, Cars.com executive editor
  • David Thomas, Cars.com managing editor
  • Joe Bruzek, Cars.com road test editor
  • James R. Healey, auto writer for USA Today

We set a maximum price of $30,000, including a destination charge. We had 10 cars on our list when we started, but we ended with eight (more on that in a bit):

  • 2014 Fiat 500 Abarth
  • 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
  • 2014 Honda Civic Si
  • 2014 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
  • 2014 Kia Forte5 SX
  • 2015 Mini Cooper S Hardtop
  • 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS
  • 2014 Scion FR-S
  • 2015 Subaru WRX
  • 2015 Volkswagen GTI

Mini said it did not have a Cooper in its press fleets that could meet our price cap; the Civic lost a tire after hitting a Chicago pothole, and repairs could not be made in time for track days. The judges did drive it in our round-robin day, and a report on those tests can be found here.

$30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge
Index | Results | Mileage Test

Here's how the scoring broke down: The experts' scores accounted for 50 percent of the total score; 10 percent came from the shopper's scores; 30 percent was based on track performance; and the remaining 10 percent was based on fuel economy.

Here is what the judges had to say about each car, in order of how the cars finished:

By Patrick Olsen | July 28, 2014 | Comments (8)

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS Photo Gallery

 Cheap Speed Challenge: 2014 Nissan Juke Nismo RS

The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS finished seventh in our $30,000 Cheap Speed Challenge. "For a crossover, it's a pretty poor execution, but for a performance car trapped inside a crossover body, this thing is pretty remarkable," said one of our judges. Check out our gallery below of the Juke NISMO RS up close and on the track.

Click on any image for a larger version.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | July 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-2013 Nissan Juke


Vehicles Affected: About 104,439 model-year 2011-2013 Nissan Juke crossovers

The Problem: Nissan is conducting this voluntary recall due to an issue with the engine timing chain. In some of the vehicles, the timing chain may deteriorate over time and distort, according to the automaker. If the resulting warning light is ignored, the chain could eventually break.

The Fix: Nissan began notifying owners this month; dealers will replace the timing chain, chain guides and crank sprocket for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 13, 2014 | Comments (19)

New Nissan Juke for Europe Strongly Hints at U.S. Version


Nissan unveiled an updated version of its controversial Juke subcompact at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show. The diminutive SUV is a best-seller in Europe, its most popular market, but hasn't found much fanfare in the U.S. Nissan hopes this update will allow it to continue its dominance of the premium subcompact category overseas and maybe turn more heads in the U.S.

More Geneva Motor Show Coverage

The new European version maintains the unusual exterior style of the current Juke, while adapting some front and rear styling from the broader look of the Nissan family. The most notable change is new running lights, which look similar to those on the Altima sedan, and are still prominently located in the upper fenders. The large, round headlights are now nestled into a revised grille and lower bumper design.

By Aaron Bragman | March 4, 2014 | Comments (10)

Nissan Announces Pricing for 2014 Juke NISMO RS


So you're already in the controversial elite who think the unconventional, amphibianlike looks of the Nissan Juke are awesome, but for whom the existing track-ready NISMO version just isn't track-ready enough? Then you'll be pleased to know that the 2014 Juke NISMO RS — the third addition to the compact crossover's model lineup, which we first saw at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show — has arrived in dealerships nationwide. This more-is-more, racing-themed model from the Japanese automaker's performance group starts at $26,930, including an $810 destination charge.

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

Nissan says the Juke NISMO RS "combines sporty design with enhanced performance," including an output of 215 horsepower and 211 pounds-feet of torque from its turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; the engine is mated to either a six-speed manual transmission (with front-wheel drive) or a continuously variable automatic (with all-wheel drive). Rally-sport upgrades also include additional structural rigidity and larger brakes. Inside the cabin, NISMO RS continues the racing theme with Recaro front seats, faux carbon-fiber finishers and a special red-and-black color theme with suede, Alcantara and leather appointments.

By Matt Schmitz | February 28, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan Juke NISMO RS at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show


Competes with: Ford Escape, Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4
Looks like: A Juke NISMO with a bit more attitude
Drivetrain: A turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder mated to either a six-speed manual (with front-wheel drive) or continuously variable automatic transmission (with all-wheel drive), good for 215 and 211 horsepower, respectively
Hits dealerships: Early 2014

The unconventional appearance of the Nissan Juke has earned it descriptions like "frog-eyed" and "looks like an angry Pokemon," and even landed it at No. 1 on our list of most-polarizing cars earlier this year. Love it or hate it, few deny that the Juke is fun to drive — even more so when you're talking about the punched-up performance of the aggressive-looking Juke NISMO. Building on that theme for the new model year is the race-inspired 2014 Juke NISMO RS, bowing today at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.

More 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

Nissan says the philosophy of the RS is "more" — "more power, handling and exclusive equipment." The compact crossover goes on sale early next year. Pricing has not yet been announced, but the regular 2014 Juke NISMO starts at $23,800 with an $810 destination charge.

By Matt Schmitz | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO: More Photos


Nissan has a new treat this Halloween: The NISMO version of its already odd-looking Juke compact crossover amps up its styling, inside and out. Some may disagree, but I think it looks more menacing than scary with its LED-accented fog lights, smoked headlights, red pinstriping and matching red-colored side mirrors. It also wears a body kit with lower front and rear bumpers, wider wings and side skirts, a unique grille and a new tailgate spoiler. Inside, the Juke is trimmed in gray and red suede and features sports seats and NISMO badges. 

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 31, 2013 | Comments (7)

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