2012 Nissan Juke

The 2012 Nissan Juke is a small crossover (with 20 inches shorter than the Rogue) and it comes with a number of optional features not found in some competitors, such as heated leather seats, navigation and push-button start. The competitors of Nissan’s five-seat Juke crossover include Subaru Impreza, Kia Soul and Scion xB.

The 2012 Nissan Juke is a four-door hatchback that is available in three trim levels: base S (starting at $19,990 MSRP), well-equipped SV (at $21,310) and leather-lined SL ( MSRP from $ 23,630 ).

Standard equipment of the Nissan Juke S includes 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, full power accessories, air conditioning, keyless entry, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a trip computer, Bluetooth connectivity, and a six-speaker sound system with CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The SV trim level adds to Juke a sunroof, keyless ignition, automatic climate control, satellite radio, upgraded upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and the Integrated Control (i-Con) system that allows to select Normal, Sport and Eco for throttle, steering and transmission response. The Nissan Juke SL comes standard with the above equipment plus foglights, automatic headlights, leather upholstery, heated front seats and rearview camera. Other available options for all Nissan Juke models include Sport Accesory package, a Chrome package and Interior Illumination package.

For 2012, Juke features highly distinctive, sporty styling inside and out and fuses the best quality of a sport car, including a sporty driving position, dynamic handling and powerful turbo engine, with the best aspects of an SUV vehicle, such as a robust lower body, raised ground height, improved visibility and available all-wheel drive. Built on Nissan’s proven global B-platform, 2012 Juke features a powerful front and treatment with the turn signals integrated into the front fenders, a high beltline and coupe-like falling roofline. Other exterior details of 2012 Nissan Juke include body-colored outside mirrors and front doors handles and “hidden” rear door handles. The 2012 Juke color palette includes a range of eight exterior offerings: Sapphire Black, Cayenne Red, Graphite Blue, White Pearl, Chrome Silver, Electric Blue, Metallic Bronze and Gun Metallic.

The 2012 Nissan Juke interior is equally aggressive with bolstered front seats, a wide instrument panel and a unique center console inspired by a motorcycle fuel tank and finished in a high-gloss paint. The interior of 2012 Juke offers segment competitive roominess and space for five adults. In the rear, a fold-down 60/40-split bench seat and flat load floor provide passenger and cargo hauling flexibility.

Every 2012 Nissan Juke is powered by a 1.6-liter Direct Injection Gasoline turbo, 16-valve DOHC aluminum-alloy inline 4-cylinder engine rated at 188 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque. The engine combines the best of both worlds – spirited performance and good fuel economy. The use of the turbo charger and intercooler help boost power, while the variable timing control for both intake and exhaust cycles improves low-end engine response. Two transmissions are offered – Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only). Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg city and 32 mpg highway for 2012 Juke FWD models equipped with CVT and 25 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway for 2012 Juke FWD with 6-speed manual transmission. Juke AWD CVT models are rated at 25 / 30 mpg.

Al Castignetti, vice president Nissan Division North America says about Juke:

In just one year JUKE has shaken up the market with a boldness, style and sense of fun that has never been seen before – at a time when segment sales are expanding with buyers looking for just such a combination. Succeeding well beyond all expectations, JUKE is finding a wide, enthusiastic audience both here in North America and around the world.

The 2012 Nissan Juke comes with 6 airbags (dual front-impact airbags, dual front side-impact airbags and front overhead airbags), tire pressure monitoring system, antilock braking system with brake assist, panic alarm, remote security system, engine immobilizer and vehicle dynamic control with a traction control system.

The experts of cars.com website conclude about 2012 Nissan Juke:

The 2012 Nissan Juke is short on cargo space and legroom, and it has a hard time fitting a couple of kids in the backseat. However, it does offer a zippy driving experience, unique looks and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system that makes it worth considering for tiny families or people without children.


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