Top 10 Most Polarizing Cars

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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 Cars.com 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

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Depending on whom you ask, Nissan's Juke is either fun and cute or uncomfortable and ugly. In his review, Cars.com'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. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | August 7, 2013 | Comments (8)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Nissan Juke

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Nissan's quirky little crossover racks up more misses than hits according to Cars.com 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

Cars.com'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 Cars.com 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 Cars.com 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?

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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 (12)

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)

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