There's no denying that the 2016 Nissan Juke is eye-catching. Now buyers have even more options. Two new limited editions join the lineup. Both "Stinger Edition by Color Studio" models are offered as appearance packages for the SV trim level. The Yellow Stinger comes with, among other things, yellow-colored front and rear accents and black upholstery with yellow accents. The Black Stinger Edition gets black-painted 17-in. wheels and black side rearview mirrors with yellow accents. Electronics like a rearview camera system and push-button ignition are now standard on all Jukes. Finally, Siri Eyes Free, which allows iphone users to use the popular virtual assistant via the Juke's infotainment system, is now standard at select trim levels.
The Nissan Juke seats five and comes in S, SV, SL and Nismo and Nismo RS trim levels. Though the S is the entry model into the lineup, it comes nicely equipped with such popular creature features as a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup, cruise control, and power windows and door locks. Six airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, and traction and stability control systems also come standard. The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gave four out of five stars in overall protection to the crossover. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave it high marks in most crash tests.
Nicer cloth, leather and faux suede upholstery come standard at higher trim levels. Same with automated climate control, a sunroof, a sport-tuned suspension, and larger brakes and wheels. This is especially true with Nismo models. The available Cold Weather package adds heated front seats while the Tech package comes with GPS navigation, premium audio, and the advance NissanConnect telematics and infotainment system.
All non-Nismo Jukes get a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine under the shapely hood. This potent powerplant churns out 188 horsepower and 177 lb.-ft. of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) channels that energy to either the front or all four wheels.
The Juke Nismo and Nismo RS get a specially-tuned version of the four-cylinder engine. Horsepower and torque jump to 215 and 210 respectively. Buyers have a choice of either the above CVT or a six-speed manual transmission.
"The JUKE is an agile handler, benefiting from a precise steering system and a firm suspension," notes Autotrader. "It's particularly nimble in corners, remaining stable and well planted even at higher speeds. And like most good sports cars, its performance seems to tighten up more as it's pushed harder. Add all-wheel drive, and the JUKE becomes a capable 4-season vehicle. When there's no snow or mud to tread through, you can apply all-wheel drive (AWD) to a performance-oriented drive on a curvy country road."
Fuel economy of the Juke ranges from 24 mpg combined on Nismo models with the automatic transmission and AWD, to 30 mpg in front-wheel drive models with the CVT.