SEE ALSO: 2013 Nissan Juke Test Drive Review
The Nissan Juke made its grand appearance at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and instantly garnered attention for its unique style and looks. Since coming out in 2010, the Juke hasn't undergone any significant changes, but many minor ones. In 2013, a new model was introduced to sell in 2014, the Nismo. The Nismo features changes to the styling, including the bumpers, interior design, and skirts. It also comes with modified suspension and 18-inch wheels. From the 2011 model to the 2012 model, there were no changes made to the Juke. The 2013 model, however, featured a rearview monitor on the SV trims and a newly revised Rockford Fosgate Ecopunch audio system on the SV and SL models. The 2014 Juke features better handling, more horsepower, a Midnight Edition, sport packages, and unique wheels and paint and to make it more coupe-like, and some reviewers would say hot rod-ish.
Drivers tend to rave about the Nissan Juke's optional All-Wheel Drive and the evenly distributed torque. The Juke is a compact vehicle and does not offer a lot of extra room on the inside, but it can still fit five people who get along well with one another. In the cargo area, a compartment in the floor opens up, creating even more room for storage. When the backseats are folded down, you'll find 35 cubic feet of space, which is more than enough room for most people to haul groceries or some suitcases. Small storage compartments are located throughout the vehicle. With just a push of a button, drivers can change the throttle controls to either Sport, Normal, or Eco. The single piece hatch comes with a convenient electronic release.
The 2014 models come standard with a power moon roof (SV), air conditioning, a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, power locks, windows, and air conditioning. The Nissan Juke also comes with a USB port for plugging in electronic devices, heated front seats, premium upholstery cloth in the standard models and leather upholstery in the SL trim, and automatic climate control. If you want a small car that is fun to drive, with some of the benefits of an SUV, the Juke makes a great choice. It is family friendly, features a bold design, and does not cost too much.
The 2014 Nissan Juke received high marks for safety by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For the safety categories of moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraints and seats, the vehicle received a Good "G" rating. There are many standard safety features included with the 2014 Juke, which helps to put the driver more at ease. Some of the most notable safety features for the 2013 and 2014 Juke include:
- Vehicle Dynamic Control
- 3-point ALR/ELR passenger seatbelt system
- Nissan Advanced Airbag System
- Driver and front-passenger seat mounted side-impact supplemental airbags
- Front seat belts that have pretensioners and load limiters
- LATCH system
- High-strength steel side-door guard beams
- Hood buckling creases
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System display
NOTEWORTHY ABUT THE 2014 NISSAN JUKE
- The Nissan Juke includes an Integrated Control System allowing the driver to control the cabin environment with the push of a finger.
- The Nissan Navigation System offers an advanced touch screen system that provides turn by turn voice guidance. It also uses NavTraffic, which helps drivers avoid traffic.
- The 2014 Nissan Juke offers iPod integration which provides a playlist style readout on the display.
- The RearView Monitor allows drivers to see behind them while the Juke is in reverse with the discreet color camera located on the rear of the vehicle.