Engine: Turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Power: 197 hp & 184 lb-ft
The cab of the Juke NISMO was surprising to say the least. It had an overall sporty feel, with touches of elegance and for the price, it might be harder to find a more attractive interior. Nissan included NISMO sport bucket front seats with some heavy-duty bolsters for extra support around those sharp corners. Alcantara covers the steering wheel, while leather and Alcantara covers the gear selector to posh up the cab. The interior was insanely spacious for how small the vehicle looks on the outside. The seats are great for around town but as for long road trips I would suggest an alternative or a pillow.
The Navigation screen was touch operated or button operated, which was nice for those unwilling to cope with touchscreens. The screen itself wasn’t too big, but not too small at 5 inches. Buttons on the console were a little confusing at first, but once mastered quite unique and usable as they each changed function with the press of a button. The gauge cluster was eye-pleasing with the tachometer in red and a speedometer in blue. On the gauge cluster engine readouts could be found, which included how must boost the engine was holding. We found this to be more for show rather than an exact measure. The sound system was very good for the vehicles price range -a Rockford Fosgate sound system.
The power from a stand still was actually quite tremendous considering we had two adults and two teenagers in the vehicle. The Juke NISMO easily got up in a hurry and went quick enough to keep the driver from shifting before the rev limiter – this crossover will scream through gears pretty easily. Highway power was definitely there, but at the end of the day it’s still a 4-cylinder, albeit a turbocharged 4-cylinder. Handling is where the car truly showed its NISMO heritage, gripping the road with minimal body roll through tight and twisty roads and asking for more. When it came time to stop, braking power was adequate and nothing stellar.
Overall the Juke was comfortable for the first hour of our road trip, but after that you find yourself twisting and turning in the seats to get comfortable. Its a capable crossover, able to take on the roads thrown at it in quick and flat fashion (even with multiple passengers. There are not many crossovers on the market that will get you as much bang-for-the-buck as the 2013 Nissan Juke NISMO will.
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