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2015 Nissan JUKE: New Car Review

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Every once in a while, a vehicle comes along and defies definition. The 2015 Nissan JUKE did just that. On one hand, the JUKE offers the functionality of a hatchback. On the other, it delivers a fun-to-drive experience, thanks to a turbocharged engine, precise steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Add a nice dose of cutting-edge electronic features and you have a crossover that's perfect for a more youthful driver. But surprisingly, JUKE sales have gone to people of all ages.

For those who appreciate the JUKE's qualities, there's one more that may help seal the deal: affordability. The JUKE has a base price that starts around $21,000, which is lower than most small crossovers. For everything it has to offer, that's a bargain.

What's New for 2015?

For 2015, the JUKE gets a mild front-end facelift, with new LED accent lamps and a revised grille. New standard features include a rearview camera and Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start. The JUKE Color Studio allows owners to customize their vehicle by choosing the color of the car's mirror caps, rear spoiler, lower trim and wheels, as well as various interior parts. Nissan's excellent 6-speed manual is now only offered on NISMO trims.

What We Like

Quick-footed handling; responsive engine; available all-wheel drive; comfortable seats; custom personalization program

What We Don't

Limited cargo space; some cheap interior materials; lack of rear-seat headroom; love-it-or-hate-it styling

How Much?

$21,075-$31,600

Fuel Economy

The 2015 Nissan JUKE and JUKE NISMO are fitted with a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine. Output is 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque. On the high-performance NISMO RS model, hp jumps up to 215, with 210 lb-ft of torque. Energy is channeled to the front wheels by a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The JUKE also offers a 6-speed manual transmission, but only on NISMO trims. All-wheel-drive models are only available with the CVT.

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) fuel economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive JUKE are 28 miles per gallon in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. The all-wheel-drive JUKE's fuel economy ratings are 26 mpg city/31 mpg hwy. The NISMO earns 28 mpg city/34 mpg hwy with the manual and 26 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with the automatic and all-wheel-drive model. The NISMO RS earns 25 mpg city/31 mpg hwy with the manual and 25 mpg city/29 mpg hwy with automatic and all-wheel-drive model.

Standard Features & Options

Nissan offers five trim levels for the 2015 JUKE: S, SV, NISMO, SL and NISMO RS. Front-wheel-drive NISMO models offer a 6-speed manual, while all other trims come only with the CVT automatic. All-wheel drive is available on all trims.

The JUKE ($21,075) includes a CVT automatic, power windows, locks and mirrors, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input port, a rearview camera, Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button start, Bluetooth, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with audio controls, trip computer and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The JUKE SV ($23,125) adds premium fabric, Integrated Control (I-CON) multifunction controller, automatic climate control, USB/iPod control, a power sunroof, rear privacy glass and SiriusXM satellite radio.

The JUKE SL ($26,065) is loaded with navigation radio, NissanConnect with mobile apps, Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH audio with powered subwoofer, Nissan's Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection, leather upholstery, heated front seats, fog lights and auto on/off headlights.

The JUKE NISMO ($25,655) adds sport tuning for the suspension and steering, lowered ride height, 18-in wheels and unique NISMO exterior and interior treatments. Also standard are navigation, NissanConnnect with mobile apps, Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH audio and the Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection.

The JUKE NISMO RS ($28,845) brings a more powerful engine, limited-slip rear differential (manual models) and sport brakes.

All-wheel drive adds about $1,850 to the bottom line. The Tech Package (navigation, Rockford Fosgate audio and Around View Monitor with Moving Object Detection) and the Cold Weather Package (heated cloth seats and heated outside mirrors) can be added to the SV trim.

Safety

Standard safety features for the JUKE include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, active front head restraints and six airbags (front, side and head-curtain).

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) crash tests, the government gave the 2015 Nissan JUKE four out of five stars overall, with three stars for the front-end crash test, five stars for the side-impact test and four stars for the rollover test.

The JUKE earned the highest crash-test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), earning it a Top Safety Pick award.

Behind the Wheel

The JUKE's turbocharged engine delivers a healthy dose of exhilaration. Both off the line and in midsprint, this energetic little hatchback has plenty of get-up-and-go power. Passing other cars is especially fun, as the drivers you overtake are sure to give the JUKE a look that says, "What in the world is that thing?"

To customize the driving experience, Nissan equips the JUKE with its I-CON System, which allows the driver to choose from three operating modes: Normal, Sport and Eco. Each mode alters throttle response, steering speed and transmission settings based on your preferred driving style.

The JUKE is an agile handler, benefiting from a precise steering system and a firm suspension. It's particularly nimble in corners, remaining stable and well-planted even at higher speeds. And like most good sports cars, its performance seems to tighten up more as it's pushed harder. Add all-wheel drive and the JUKE becomes a capable 4-season vehicle. When there's no snow or mud to tread through, you can apply the all-wheel drive to a performance-oriented drive on a curvy country road.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Kia Soul -- The Kia Soul offers much more cargo-carrying capacity, but the JUKE is lot more powerful and a lot more fun to drive. Both vehicles have a descending roofline that compromises rear-seat headroom.

2014 Scion xB -- Like the JUKE, the Scion xB is both stylish and tech savvy. The xB pulls ahead in terms of cargo room, but the JUKE wins when it comes to sportiness and performance.

2015 MINI Cooper Countryman -- The JUKE and the Countryman are comparable in performance, but the Countryman is more expensive.

Used Subaru WRX -- A 2010-2014 Subaru WRX offers more power, a manual transmission, excellent handling and standard all-wheel drive. There's also more interior room, although the audio and navigation systems are inferior to the JUKE's offerings.

AutoTrader's Advice

The midlevel 2015 Nissan JUKE SV makes the most sense to us. You'll get a nice array of features without paying the premium that the up-level SL requires. The two main things you'll miss are leather upholstery and heated seats (the latter can be acquired by ordering the Cold Weather Package). If you can swing the extra $1,500, we recommend that you add the optional Tech Package, too. For those living in colder climates, all-wheel drive is suggested.

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