The Nissan Juke goes on sale in the U.S. in October, and there has been a lot of interest in the oddly styled compact crossover. Nissan claims that the exterior is “motosports inspired”, but I’m not seeing it, except maybe in the flared fenders. Let’s just agree on two things: the exterior styling is polarizing (you’ll either love it or hate it) but the interior looks well sorted and comfortable.
Nissan will be selling eight different versions of the Juke in the U.S., including five front drive and three AWD variants. Jukes will come with either a six speed manual transmission or a CVT, but AWD models come with the CVT only. I’m usually not a fan of continuously variable transmissions, but Nissan builds some of the best and I’d have no problem choosing an AWD Juke with the CVT.
All Juke models are powered by a 1.6 liter, turbocharged four cylinder motor, good for 188 horsepower. Driver’s can select three driving modes, including Eco, Normal and Sport. In Eco mode, a front wheel drive Juke with the CVT can return up to 32 mpg on the highway.
Pricing starts at $18,960 for the front wheel drive S version equipped with the CVT. The least expensive manual transmission Juke is the $20,260 SV version, and the SV with the CVT runs $20,760. The high end SL in FWD starts at $22,550 for the manual and goes to $23,050 for the SL version with the CVT.
If you want AWD, pricing starts at $20,460 for an S version, goes to $22,260 for an SV version and tops out at $24,550 for an SL. I’ll get up a full review as soon as I’ve had the chance to drive one.