2015 Nissan Juke Overview

John Diether
Automotive Editor - January 19, 2015

The Nissan Juke has always been hard to categorize, which probably works to its advantage. Is it a tallish hatchback or mini crossover? Nissans calls it a sport cross, which doesn't help matters much. Whatever the case, the Juke offers a lot of looks and surprisingly feisty performance for its price.

What's New for 2015

The Juke receives new front and rear fascias along with revised exterior lighting and color schemes. Several previously optional features are now standard.

Choosing Your Nissan Juke

The Juke may not hold as much as other small hatchbacks, but it certainly delivers in the performance department. You get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 188 horsepower, a sport-tuned suspension and the option of all-wheel drive. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is used on most models (and is required with all-wheel drive), and a six-speed manual is available on select trims. The standard Juke is impressively quick for its class; zero to 60 mph happens in about 7.3 seconds, and yet you still get 29 mpg in combined driving.

As before, the Juke is available in four trim levels:

S

Comes nicely equipped with a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio, keyless ignition, hands-free texting capability, a six-speaker sound system, a split-folding rear seat and 17-inch alloy wheels.

SV

Adds an upgraded cloth interior with automatic climate control, rear privacy glass and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You also get a sunroof, satellite radio and selectable driving modes. The optional Tech package includes a navigation system with real-time traffic info, six premium audio speakers and a surround-view camera system. There's also a Cold Weather package with heated front seats and side mirrors.

SL

Gets all the SV's equipment and options, plus leather upholstery, a premium Rockford Fosgate sound system, foglamps and automatic headlamps. The six-speed manual transmission is available starting at this level.

Nismo

Takes the Juke in a sporty direction with more aggressive suspension tuning, 18-inch wheels with summer performance tires, front sport seats and unique styling details throughout. Otherwise, equipment is similar to the SL.

Nismo RS

Tops off the Nismo with a 215-horsepower version of the 1.6-liter, upgraded front brakes, RECARO racing seats and additional chassis bracing.

New this year is the Juke Color Studio, which allows buyers to select various interior and exterior color packs for a highly customized look.

CarsDirect Tip

Both the S and SV provide a fine balance of affordability and features, although we'd go for the SV since its upgrades don't cost much. The SL is for buyers with a taste for luxury, while the NIsmo models appeal to those who want all the performance they can get from the Juke.

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