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:

By Jennifer Geiger | July 5, 2013 | Comments (10)

Nissan Slashes Prices Across Lineup

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Nissan is hoping to bolster sales by cutting prices on seven out of the 18 vehicles in its lineup. Starting May 3, prices on model-year 2013 Altima, Sentra, Juke, Murano, Rogue, Maxima and Armada vehicles will decrease by 2.7% to 10.7%, depending on the car.

The sticker reductions vary by model and, in some cases, trim level and will be applied to new vehicles, including those already in dealer inventory. At the low end of the spectrum, new Altimas, for example, could cost up to $580 less; a base 2013 Altima currently starts at $22,550, including destination. At the top end, the Armada's price tag could go down by as much as $4,400; Nissan’s full-size SUV currently starts at $42,285, including destination.

Why were these seven chosen? They make up around 65% of Nissan's U.S. sales volume, the automaker reported, and Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman told Cars.com that the lower prices will help the vehicles perform better when searched online, appearing more frequently and favorably against the competition.  

"While studying our market position against key competitors, there was an opportunity to increase buying consideration for those seven models by bringing MSRP more in line with transaction price," he said.

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By Jennifer Geiger | May 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

Nissan to Develop 2014 GT-R NISMO

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Nissan is expanding its performance arm: The automaker announced today that it plans to offer a NISMO version of the 2014 GT-R supercar. This is the third vehicle to launch under the NISMO brand; it follows the revised 370Z and new Juke NISMO versions that were unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

Currently, the NISMO version of the 2013 370Z is expensive, adding $5,200 to the price of the Touring version of the coupe, but according to Nissan, that will change during the next year. The automaker plans to make the NISMO brand more affordable and accessible.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 26, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

On its first time out, the 2014 Toyota Tundra froze the popular Ford Atlas in its tracks after the concept truck's three consecutive weeks atop our most-watched videos list. The No. 1 video features PickupTrucks.com Editor Mark Williams' introduction of the new Tundra during its unveiling this month at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. Toyota's full-size pickup, Williams explains, adopts a "more dominating stance" with its new exterior design. Also showing dominance were our videos from this year's Chicago Auto Show, which accounted for all but one of the top clips and included the 2014 versions of the Cadillac ELR, Chevrolet Cruze Diesel and Nissan Juke NISMO. Here's what was popular:

1. 2014 Toyota Tundra
2. Ford Atlas Concept
3. 2014 Cadillac ELR
4. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
5. 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO
By Matt Schmitz | February 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO Video

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The sport-tuned NISMO trim adds some attitude to the normally awkward-looking Nissan Juke's styling.

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The bug-eyed crossover still looks weird, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays, but the NISMO modifications along with a boost of power make it a cooler vehicle all around. Check out the video below.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Chicago Auto Show Winners and Losers

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The Chicago Auto Show is traditionally big on floor space and short on new product debuts, and the 2013 edition is no different with just a handful of all-new production and concept cars making their premieres. Editors Mike Hanley, Aaron Bragman, David Thomas and Joe Bruzek crisscrossed the expansive show floor in search of the hits and misses.

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Mike Hanley: Winner
It would have been nice to see some frame or powertrain improvements, but the styling changes nicely update the truck. The taller hood makes for a bold front end, and the stamped badge on the tailgate is something you'd typically see on a concept truck. On the show floor, the changes work. Whether it stands a chance in the real world with updated domestic competitors is another thing.

Aaron Bragman: Loser
Lots of us thought that the new 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra updates were tepid, but this makes GM's changes look revolutionary. Two elements one can point to — the new grille and the new interior, and neither one looks good. The new headlights and body-colored grille make the Tundra look like a bigger Honda Ridgeline, which is not a positive change. The interior is practically a direct rip-off of the current Ford F-150, and with no changes to the structure or powertrain (a five-speed automatic transmission? Still?), one wonders why Toyota even bothered to change anything.

David Thomas: Winner
I like the updates to the Tundra because it maintains a modern look versus the traditional styling of the domestic trucks on the market. The Tundra is what you think a truck in 2013 should look like. The different treatments to the grille are interesting, too, and everyone seemed to love the stamped-in name on the tailgate. Inside may be a "ripoff," but it is well-executed.

Joe Bruzek: Loser
Is Toyota giving up on the Tundra? It looks that way with hardly significant styling improvements and rip-off of the F-150's interior styling plus no mechanical changes to the truck's capabilities. The Tundra's old interior at least differentiated itself from other pickups with a unique, clean and swoopy design instead of the blocky industrial look it now uses.

By David Thomas | February 8, 2013 | Comments (8)

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO: Photo Gallery

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The latest vehicle to join Nissan's motorsports-inspired lineup, the 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO, debuted today at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, boasting not only the badge's race-centric style but a little something extra under the hood to match. This more menacing compact crossover toughens up its image with LED-accented fog lights, smoked headlights and red pinstriping with matching red side mirrors; that's in addition to lower bumpers in front and back, wider wings and side skirts, a unique grille, a new tailgate spoiler and NISMO badges.

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The new Juke NISMO's sporty appearance is complemented by a reported 100 performance modifications, including a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder boosted for 197 horsepower. Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Nissan 370Z NISMO: Photo Gallery

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Nissan is unveiling the racing-inspired 2014 370Z NISMO sports coupe at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public Saturday and runs through Feb. 18. The new 370Z has a 350-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 paired with a six-speed manual transmission, the only transmission offered. A new dark gray coloring has been added to the front and rear ends, lower side sills, side mirrors and rear spoiler, in addition to red pinstripe accents.

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The interior gets a new steering wheel with Alcantara faux-suede appointments and red accents, as well as a red tachometer. Set to go on sale in the summer, the 370Z is bowing in conjunction with the U.S. debut of the new 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO. Check out the photo gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2013 | Comments (5)

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO: Up Close

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The 2013 Nissan Juke is undoubtedly less awkward with a NISMO trim that enhances the oddball SUV's meanness, adding more aggressive styling on the outside and sporty interior appointments. The Juke's lowered stance from an all-new performance suspension combines with large 18-inch wheels to take away the regular version's roller-skate appearance.

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It's tough to tell in photos, but the white Juke has a pearlescent flake that sparkles compared to a regular white paint. Even so, I don't think white is the best way to accentuate the Juke NISMO's new stance and looks. The black-painted models shown in photos looked much more menacing than the white on display at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

By Joe Bruzek | February 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Nissan Juke NISMO at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Mini Cooper John Cooper Works, Fiat 500 Abarth
  • Looks like: The Juke's evil twin
  • Drivetrain: 197-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder
  • Hits dealerships: March

Nissan's compact crossover is joining the brand's performance-oriented NISMO club. We got our first look at the 2013 Juke NISMO (derived from the words Nissan Motorsports) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France last June; it met the North American press at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show.

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Nissan says the NISMO Juke got around 100 performance modifications compared with the regular version. Outside, the normally frog-eyed crossover takes on a more menacing look with LED-accented fog lights, smoked headlights, red pinstriping and matching red 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. Wider 18-inch alloy wheels complete the attitude. Inside, the Juke is trimmed in gray and red suede and features sports seats and NISMO badges.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2013 | Comments (0)

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