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.
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.