Review: 2017 Nissan Juke

Review: 2017 Nissan Juke

Staunton drivers looking for a subcompact SUV with distinctive styling will find just that in the 2017 Nissan Juke, a sporty little ute with light off-road capability and a starting price that will leave you with money to spare for your next outdoor adventure.

Whether you're heading to the mountains to camp or want an everyday ride that can go anywhere, the Juke has a model to suit your needs. Check out our full review on this unique SUV:

Performance

You have two engine options when shopping for a Juke model: the base is a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 mated to an Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission with Manual Shift Mode, while there's also the option for a more powerful version of the same engine when you choose the Nismo RS model. Nismo, an abbreviation of Nissan Motorsport, is Nissan's motorsport and performance division, designing after-market parts and models made to enhance power and agility.

The base powertrain makes 188 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque, while the Nismo RS with front-wheel drive and Nismo-tuned 6-speed manual transmission makes 215 horsepower and the same model with all-wheel drive and CVT transmission makes 211 horsepower.

Safety and Tech

The 2017 Juke features a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and Automatic On/Off Headlights for active accident prevention. It also has Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System, Anti-lock Braking System, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Brake Assist to allow you to respond to and avoid obstructions within a fraction of a second. Additionally, it features Nissan's Advanced Air Bag System, Supplemental Air Bags built into the front seats and side panels, Front-seat Active Head Restraints to reduce whiplash, and a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children System to keep child seats safe and secure, protecting your most precious cargo.

Comfort and Convenience

Each model of the 2017 Juke is equipped with a 5-inch color infotainment display, Siri Eyes Free, hands-free text messaging assistant, Bluetooth Hands-Free Phone System and Streaming Audio, Sirius XM Radio, RearView Monitor, steering wheel-mounted cruise control, and Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition.

The Juke is also available with Nissan Connect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 5.8-inch color touchscreen display, Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link, Around View Monitor, Nismo tachometer, and automatic temperature control. Audiophiles will love the Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH audio system with subwoofer and amplifier.

If you're looking for the ultimate in comfort, Nissan has you covered. The Juke has available Nismo or Recaro sport bucket seats up front, premium cloth seating, leather-appointed seats, synthetic suede trim, and heated front seats. You also have the option for a Nismo Alcantara leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped shift knob, and synthetic suede stitched instrument panel hood.

Pricing

Starting at $20,250 MSRP