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.

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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; photos by Evan Sears.

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

Top 10 Most Polarizing Cars


Maybe you love it, maybe you hate it, but almost certainly you're talking about it. Polarizing cars have that effect on people — but sometimes you just love what you love, even if seems like everyone thinks you're nuts for loving it. Sometimes that public pressure makes you love it more. There have been cars like this since the beginning of the auto industry, with the first automobiles themselves being polarizing machines. Some people thought the horseless carriage was amazing, and some thought it was blasphemy, but it certainly got attention.

We polled the editors of to decide the most polarizing cars of recent memory and tabulated the results. What's the most polarizing car?

By Aaron Bragman | September 17, 2013 | Comments (23)

2013 Nissan Juke: Test Car Gallery

Depending on whom you ask, Nissan's Juke is either fun and cute or uncomfortable and ugly. In his review,'s Kelsey Mays took a look at the editorial staff's love/hate relationship with Nissan's compact crossover and his "praise runs thin."

The 2013 Nissan Juke comes in S, SV, SL and sported-up NISMO trims in front- and all-wheel drive. Standard on all is a zippy, turbocharged 188-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, bumped up to 197-hp in NISMO models. Transmissions include a six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic.

Base prices start at $19,780; we tested a CVT-equipped SL all-wheel-drive model that started at $26,780. Extras like floormats, a center arm rest and sport package (rear roof spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels and a stainless-steel exhaust finisher) brought the as-tested price to $28,555 (all prices include a $790 destination fee).

Check out the photo gallery below. photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 7, 2013 | Comments (8) Reviews the 2013 Nissan Juke

Nissan's quirky little crossover racks up more misses than hits according to reviewer Kelsey Mays. In the plus column are a fun, punchy powertrain and proactive all-wheel-drive system. The negatives list is long and includes awkward styling, a low-budget interior and cramped cabin. If weird is a quality on your shopping list, however, the Juke fits the bill, Mays says. 

2013 Nissan Juke Review

By Jennifer Geiger | July 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

Much of this week's most-watched videos list goes unchanged from last week, with the 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge, 2013 Light-Duty Challenge and 2013 Nissan Juke videos remaining right where we left them last time at Nos. 1, 2 and 4, respectively. More surprising was the sudden resurgence of one of our older videos in which we asked passersby in downtown Chicago about ways they'd tried to talk their way out of a speeding ticket — like freestyle rapping for the investigating officer (we're not kidding). Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
2. 2013 Light-Duty Challenge
3. Getting Out of a Speeding Ticket

4. 2013 Nissan Juke
5. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Exhaust Note
By Matt Schmitz | July 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week's 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge and Light Duty Challenge held fast at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on our list of the week's most-watched videos. Meanwhile, our 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Exhaust Note struck a chord with viewers, landing at No. 3 in its debut week, while reviewer Kelsey Mays' critique of the controversial-looking 2013 Nissan Juke bowed at No. 4. Check out what was popular:

1. 2013 Midsize SUV Challenge
2. 2013 Light Duty Challenge
3. 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Exhaust Note
4. 2013 Nissan Juke

5. 2013 Nissan Titan

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

2013 Nissan Juke Video

It takes a special kind of vehicle to arouse the sort of comedic disdain reviewer Kelsey Mays exhibits toward the love-it-or-hate-it 2013 Nissan Juke. In the video above, Mays goes all Don Rickles on the compact crossover — likening it to both the Pontiac Aztek and TV's "Real Housewives" — targeting everything from its froggy-eyed front end to cheap plastic interior features and stingy cargo space. Watch the video and decide if you're in on the Juke.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

Nissan Juke: Love It or Hate it?

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's editorial staff and it turns out, our answers are just as mixed:

By Jennifer Geiger | July 5, 2013 | Comments (12)

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