DriveApart Review: 2013 Nissan Juke

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RideApart Overview
For 2013, the Nissan Juke kept its distinctive body styling and other features though its third year of production. The Juke remains a fun to drive, spirited mini-SUV with a sporty styling drawing inspiration from active lifestyle influences. The real key to the Juke’s success lies in its 188 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo engine and AWD capability and is the leading reason why the Juke is such a blast to drive. For 2013, the Juke adds a midnight edition option that features sapphire black mirror caps and rear roof spoilers with 17-inch black wheels.

What We Like
The 2013 Nissan Juke has been updated with some sporty new additions to the trim. The addition of a rearview monitor adds to the Juke’s safety and usability. A new audio system and the 3 new color choices – pearl white, brilliant silver and, our faviorite, atomic gold – adds to its customization level. An Integrated Control system allows the driver to select drive modes of drive depending on the situation.

What’s Not To Like
It gets a little pricy when loaded with options. We’d like a larger screen on the center stack. If only we’d get the Juke R with the GT-R engine in the states! Not much has changed with the 2013 Nissan Juke, for 2013, it’s a basic refresh of the 2012 model with some minor changes to the trim and interior.

The cargo space of the Nissan Juke.

Tow and Haul
While the Juke may seem small, there is a quite a bit of room to haul whatever gear you’d need. The Juke has a large cargo volume for such a small SUV, behind second row you’ve got 10.5 cubic feet and with the second row folded down it bumps up to 35.9 cubic feet. Towing gets a little dicey with a maximum load of 915 pounds, which means a small trailer and a tiny pit bike.

The Drive
Man this thing is fun, is the mantra we kept repeating to ourselves. The Juke drives great, especially when equipped with the optional 17” wheels. The Juke’s trubo winds up like a toy robot, spins like crazy through the canyons and is so much fun, you hardly know it has a CVT. We like the Integrated Control (I-CON) drive mode system that offers three selectable settings – Eco for fuel efficiency, Sport for performance, and Normal for daily driving. Keep the Juke in Sport, mash the gas as often as you can and prepare to have your significant other complain about your driving. Trust us, it’s worth the griping.



The 1.6 liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine.

Engine and Drivetrain
The Nissan Juke 2013 is powered 1.6-liter 4 cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 188 horsepower and 177 foot pounds of torque. Buyers have a choice of transmission – a 6 speed manual transmission or Nissan’s Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with a sport mode. The Nissan Juke has a torque vectoring AWD system that can split the torque between the front wheels up 50:50 and torque can be increased on the outside wheel in a turn to decrease understeer an enhance the vehicle’s handling.

Interesting Vehicle Features
The Nissan Juke comes with a whole array of features and accessories. We liked the addition of the RearView Monitor to the Juke. The high customizability of the Juke is impressive and adds to putting a personal touch on the vehicle. The individual options on this vehicle include the Midnight Edition, a sport accessory package, a chrome accessory package, 17-inch black or gunmetal aluminum alloy wheels, a rear roof spoiler, underbody protectors, splash guards, stainless steel exhaust finisher, sapphire black mirror covers, an interior illumination package illuminated kick plates, capered floor and cargo mats.

Gas Mileage
The MPG is above average for a small crossover, which is great because gas prices are not going down anytime soon these days. The FWD CVT Nissan Juke has 27 city, 32 highway, the FWD manual transmission has 25 city, 31 highway and the AWD Xtronic CVT has 25 city, 30 highway. 


The interior.

Interior and Exterior
The interior hasn’t changed much between the 2013 and 2012 model years. The interior of the Nissan Juke is a roomy with a nice little 5-inch color touchscreen. The exterior of the vehicle is funky and unlike anything else in its class, we think it’s quite inspired with its angular shape and super compact size and is one of the most unique looking crossovers on the market. A bonus, all Juke’s can be optioned out with the midnight edition package which adds sapphire black mirror caps and rear roof spoilers with 17-inch black wheels.

Pricing
The base Juke S starts at $20,280, the Nissan Juke SV at $21, 890 and the Juke SL at $24,790. However the Midnight edition on any of these models is an extra $1700. The Nissan Juke is a lot less costly than the majority of its competitors and offers a great bang for the buck. For example, the 2013 Toyota RAV4 starts at $24,145, the Hyundai Tucson at $19,395 and the 2013 Ford Escape MSRP’s at 22,470.

The Nissan Juke offroad.

The Verdict
Best. Nissan. On. The. Market! The 2013 Juke is a total sleeper from the base S to the fully loaded SV, you can’t go wrong. Add all wheel drive and you’ve got yourself a four-season mini-ute that can take you, some friends, a bunch of gear and a small trailer where wherever you want. Really, what more is there to ask for?

  • josh

    Is car reviews on a motorcycle site now a thing? Are you going to start cross posting motorcycle reviews onto jalopnik? Signal to noise ratio is why I no longer read jalopnik(gawker spam) or the truth about cars (trade mag with stripper references? )

    I gave you money to be a motorcycle site before and would gladly give you money again to make car reviews stop.

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  • KevinB

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

  • Speedo007

    Strangest bike ever, looks like a car :)

  • appliance5000

    It really is a fun car to drive but in your comparison models list you forgot to mention the Kia Sportage. This is a beautiful and extremely competent car. It’s also an agile fun car to drive.