2014 Nissan Juke Review, Feature and Images – The compact economy crossover all-wheel-drive segment consists of the Nissan Juke. It used to include the pioneering Suzuki SX-4, but Suzuki has left the country and took the SX-4 with them. Take out the word economy and you could add the Mini Countryman that’s the same size as the Juke. Maybe the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, but it’s larger. There are others that might be considered, from the Honda Fit to Ford Fiesta to Kia Soul, but they’re not all-wheel-drive crossovers. They’re competitors for the base Juke with front-wheel drive. Test drivers reported that the 2014 Nissan Juke is fun to drive, but they said it has much less passenger and cargo space than most rivals.
The 2014 Juke has strong acceleration, reviewers said, thanks to its light weight and powerful base turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A more powerful version of the base motor powers the Nismo trim. The Juke comes standard with front-wheel drive and a continuously variable transmission (automatic). All-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission are available. According to the EPA, the base 2014 Juke gets 27/32 mpg city/highway, which is at the upper end of the class, although it uses premium gasoline. Reviewers wrote that the Juke’s agile cornering, powerful brakes and sharp steering help make it entertaining to drive.
Auto writers appreciated the 2014 Nissan Juke’s distinctive cabin styling, and they noted that its climate and audio controls have large dials and are easy to use. However, they said the Juke’s hard plastic materials make the cabin feel cheap. The Juke also has half the cargo area of some 2014 affordable compact SUVs, and critics said its rear seats are cramped. Standard features include a moonroof, an iPod interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker audio system. Available features include a touch-screen navigation system, a USB port, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, push-button start and a rearview camera.
Safety equipment on all Jukes includes front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin head protection curtains, Nissan’s Vehicle Dynamic Control, or stability control, antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and a tire-pressure monitor. The rearview camera is available only on the SL.
The 2014 Juke comes standard with a six-speaker CD audio system, an auxiliary input, an iPod interface, Bluetooth phone connectivity, keyless entry, a security system and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Optional features include a USB port, a Rockford Fosgate audio system, satellite radio, a touch-screen navigation system, push-button start, a moonroof and a rearview camera.
Reviewers say that the Juke’s audio and climate controls are well-organized and simple to use thanks to oversized knobs. Test drivers say the optional navigation system is hi-tech and the premium audio package offers great sound.