Friday, December 9, 2011

Brad's Auto Reviews: 2012 Nissan Juke

Great vehicles for people with disabilities
When it comes to great vehicles for people with disabilities let’s be honest the Nissan Juke might not make the list but after driving the Juke I’d have to say I was quite impressed. The first thing you don’t want to do is let the unique looks of the 2012 Nissan Juke fool you - this is a great vehicle. When it comes to the exterior design of the 2012 Nissan Juke its seems like Nissan set out with the goal of creating a vehicle that stands out and I am sure we can all agree they exceeded that goal. The front end design is what stands out the most giving the Juke a very unique look. The rest of the Jukes exterior design is typical Nissan styling some may view it as odd but I really believe it represents what Nissan is all about creating vehicle that stands out - compared to the 370 Z the Nissan Juke fits in just fine.
So once you get over the looks of Juke you will discover it is a great little sports crossover that was designed with fun in mind. The Juke is a small sized vehicle that I believe was designed around the driver that was created to give drivers a pleasant and satisfying experience behind the wheel. The steering wheel is sporty and looks very similar to the one found in the Nissan 370Z and also features the always useful steering wheel mounted controls. The Juke feature Nissans Keyless entry system all you are provide with is a key fob which allows you to start the vehicle with a push of a button found on the dash. The unique dash design helps to give the Juke a sporty feel everything is well within reach and easy to use. Music lovers will really enjoy the optional Rockford Fosgate powered sound system that features a built in 8” subwoofer and amplifier which helps to takes your music listen experience to the next level. What I enjoyed most about the Jukes interior design was its centre console which Nissan claims was inspired by the curvaceous fuel tank of an Italian sports bike. The front seats found in the Juke are comfortable and offer great support to the driver and passenger a plus when driving the Juke in sport mode. An afterthought seems to be the rear seating which looks to only be designed for smaller passengers if you are a regular sized adult you will find the rear of the Juke a little cramped due to limited head room. Sure the Juke might be on the small side but that’s what makes it so fun to drive it actually feels more like a coupe then a four door sport crossover.
I really enjoyed my time with the Juke and was impressed by how much fun it was to drive. Sure it’s not a sports car but the Juke’s strongest points are its acceleration and handling which help to make it a fun vehicle to drive. Handling is further improved when you opt for Nissans Torque Vectoring AWD system that adjusts power side to side on the rear wheels which they claim will provide you grin-inducing grip around turns. The Juke is powered by a 188 Horse power 16-valve turbocharged 4-cylinder engine which is well suited to this light weight sports cross. Even though the noise from the engine could be described as somewhat loud it doesn’t ruin the experience. In the end I view the 2012 Nissan Juke as a small sized sports cross which was designed to make the driving experience more enjoyable. So if you are looking for a fun to drive fuel efficient vehicle the 2012 Nissan Juke might just be the perfect choice.

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