2011 Nissan Juke Specs, Price, MPG & Reviews | Cars.com (2022)

It seems fitting that Nissan, the automaker behind everything from the toylike Cube to the shield-your-eyes Infiniti QX56, is also responsible for the Juke, a tiny crossover with a turbocharged engine, limited utility and exterior styling that’s as bizarre as it gets. This thing fits the automotive landscape like an Idaho farmhand would fit in “Jersey Shore.”

The situation, if you will, turns out hit-and-miss.

The Juke is more fun to drive than most small crossovers, but shoppers will have to justify their purchase in the face of a lot of shortcomings.

In ascending order, trim levels for the Juke are the S, SV and SL; click here to compare them. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic. All-wheel drive comes only with the automatic, a pairing I tested in the Juke SV.

The Juke’s face is hard to characterize. Fang-shaped parking lamps sit atop the hood; the portals below them appear to have fog lights, but they’re actually the headlights. The grille meanders about the midsection, and a plastic garnish underneath houses a row of Swiss-cheese holes, which suffice for the lower air inlet. As you might have guessed, I never did warm up to the look. One passer-by said he loved it, but added it’s not the sort of design he thought would age well. Other Cars.com editors’ opinions ranged from cold to lukewarm; one editor said his wife likened the face to a Dodge Neon gone horribly wrong.

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Sharing its platform with Nissan’s Cube and Versa hatchbacks, the Juke is thoroughly compact. Its overall length — 162.4 inches — is about even with a Honda Fit and nearly 7 inches short of the Versa hatch. Size notwithstanding, the Juke has a burlier stance: It’s a few inches wider than both those cars, and despite standing just a smidge taller than the Fit and its ilk, the Juke’s extended fenders, dark lower cladding and raised rear stance suggest a ruggedness the other cars lack.

Inside, the Juke’s inventive design is more impressive than its quality; similar money will fetch richer cabin materials in other vehicles, but the Juke does have some tricks up its sleeve. The center console area is finished in an appealing glossy paint that Nissan says is supposed to mimic a motorcycle’s fuel tank. In SV and SL trims, the center controls have nifty, interchangeable backlighting to switch from climate settings to Nissan’s Integrated Control system — essentially three drivetrain modes you can toggle among. The center display shows countless informational screens, from a lateral G-meter to your gas mileage history, and the backlit buttons flanking it have an upscale piano-black finish.

A navigation system is standard on the SL; it’s an affordable $800 on automatic SV models. It’s based on an SD card, though, not a full-fledged hard drive. Experience shows that SD-card-based navigation systems can run a bit slower, and the Juke’s 5-inch screen is a bit small. On the plus side, Nissan’s system is among the first I’ve tested with intuitive map scrolling. You swipe the map left or right, much like on a touch-screen smartphone, rather than holding your finger in one corner and waiting for the cursor to move there. Alas, the map has far too few street labels.

Crank the standard height-adjustable driver’s seat up, and the Juke offers a view of the road that’s more akin to a crossover than a small car. The smallish cabin minimizes the distance between you and the windows, and the side mirrors are blessedly large. As bizarre as they look from the outside, the parking lights atop the hood clearly mark where the Juke’s corners are; thick C-pillars, conversely, make over-the-shoulder visibility a problem.

It goes downhill from there. The front seats offer little lateral support, and their lower cushions aren’t particularly long, so taller adults’ thighs will hang out ahead of them. The Juke lacks a center armrest and telescoping steering wheel — two important features widely available in other $20,000 cars. With the seat at a comfortable height for my 5-foot-11 frame, headroom in our moonroof-equipped model was tight. (Lose the moonroof, and you get another much-needed inch of space.) What’s more, the driver’s seat has limited rearward travel. I moved it all the way back and could have used another inch or so.

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Of course, that would make things even tighter for those in back. As it stands, the front seats have a sort of Death Star-garbage-compactor relationship with the rear. Legroom is tight back there — my knees dug into the front seatbacks — and headroom is only adequate. Nissan’s compact Sentra sedan has more than 2 inches more legroom in the backseat, and the Versa hatch has nearly 6 inches more. I sat in both cars back-to-back with the Juke at last year’s New York auto show, and there’s a world of difference. As backseats go, the Juke’s is a joke.

So is the cargo area. The crossover’s descending roofline and forward-arching hatch remove any chance of having serious cargo space, and the remaining area measures just 10.5 cubic feet. Other tiny crossovers, like the Mini Cooper Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, beat the figure: The Countryman has 12.2 cubic feet, and the Outlander Sport has more than 20 cubic feet. Hatchbacks like the Fit and Versa are similarly voluminous. Even with the the Juke’s 60/40-split rear seat folded down, its maximum cargo volume of 35.9 cubic feet trails the competition — in some cases by more than 10 cubic feet.

Our all-wheel-drive tester had enough power to reach cruising speeds with little struggle, even with three adult occupants on board. On SV and SL models, the Integrated Control system’s three modes — Eco, Normal and Sport — alter the responsiveness of both the accelerator and (if equipped) the CVT automatic.

The drivetrain personality of each was distinct, particularly between the Eco and Sport extremes. In Eco mode, the CVT automatic transitions slowly to the engine’s stronger revs, resulting in underwhelming takeoffs when the light turns green. (It does allegedly help gas mileage a bit, but Nissan had no estimates as to how much.) Sport mode hastens the transmission quite a bit; I found it punchy enough, though several editors still deemed it unresponsive — especially given the engine’s penchant for brief turbo lag.

The sole engine, a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, makes 188 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive trims about 200 pounds off the Juke’s curb weight, which should translate to even better performance.

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That said, many will find the Juke’s ride too harsh. All-wheel-drive models swap the front-drive model’s semi-independent, torsion-beam rear suspension for a fully independent setup, but it delivered poorly cushioned response over riddled pavement. Get on the highway, and the chassis picks up nearly everything going on under the car: expansion joints, grooved pavement and more. Combine that with a lot of noise — road, wind, suspension — and the Juke is a fatiguing car to take on an interstate trip.

It didn’t need to be this way. Affordable hatchbacks, from the Mazda2 to the Subaru Impreza, offer decent handling and reasonable ride comfort, but the Juke is more one-dimensional. Hard corners do bring noticeable body roll, but it feels less top-heavy than many crossovers. The steering exhibits decent precision, and it’s a well-rounded setup. At lower speeds, the wheel turns with light effort; at higher speeds, it settles in with little power assist and good overall tracking. I noticed little difference between the Integrated Control system’s modes, which allegedly alter power steering assist levels, too.

The all-wheel-drive system sends more power to the outside wheel during cornering, which theoretically benefits handling balance. That’s a pretty advanced feature at this price: Acura and BMW employ the technology on $30,000-plus luxury cars. Alas, temperatures at our Chicago offices hovered below freezing when we had the Juke, so we couldn’t toss the car around enough to properly evaluate the all-wheel drive. I did put the Juke through its paces on the snow- and ice-covered streets, though, and the driveline sent power to all four wheels pretty seamlessly, with none of the spinning tires and lagging power transfers I’ve experienced with some all-wheel-drive systems.

Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes are standard. Pedal response is nice and linear: It’s easy to smooth out your stops, and overall response is strong.

Front-drive CVT models are rated 29 mpg in combined city/highway driving. The stick-shift, front-drive Juke and the all-wheel-drive CVT model both return 27 mpg. Those are impressive figures: The front-drive Juke falls just 1 or 2 mpg short of what many entry-level hatchbacks achieve. Alas, Nissan recommends premium fuel, which diminishes the mileage figures’ appeal.

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As of this writing, the Juke has not been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety features include six airbags, active head restraints, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Click here for a full list.

About $19,000 gets you a front-wheel-drive Juke S. That’s in the neighborhood of small crossovers like the Outlander Sport, the Kia Sportage and the Hyundai Tucson. It comes nicely equipped at that price: The CVT automatic, power windows and locks, 17-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control and an iPod-compatible stereo with steering-wheel audio controls are all standard.

The better-equipped SV and SL trims have manual transmissions, though the automatic is an affordable $500 on each. All-wheel drive runs another $1,500 — also pretty affordable — but it requires the automatic. Other available features include a navigation system, heated leather seats, a backup camera and a moonroof. The Juke SL comes fully equipped; with an automatic and all-wheel drive, it runs about $25,000.

It’s clear the Juke wasn’t built for mass appeal. It rides too firm for some, and the cabin is too small for many. Driving fun, a few well-executed controls and reasonable value offer some vindication — probably enough to earn the Juke a niche group of buyers.

However, Nissan makes three other hatchbacks or crossovers whose prices overlap the Juke’s, and there are literally dozens more alternatives across the industry. Whether the nameplate can garner a few rabid enthusiasts — and establish Nissan’s performance heritage among affordable cars — is the automaker’s gamble.

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FAQs

Is Nissan Juke 2011 fuel efficient? ›

Equipped with the CVT and front-wheel drive, the Juke returns 27 mpg city/32 mpg highway in EPA testing. With the six-speed manual, those ratings drop to 24/31. All-wheel-drive models are rated at 25/30.

Does the Nissan Juke get good gas mileage? ›

Nissan Juke MPG & CO2

It boasts a best of 35.8mpg with the hard-to-recommend CVT automatic gearbox, but with the manual gearbox and the largest 18-inch wheels this drops to a below-par 33.6mpg.

What are the recalls for a 2011 Nissan Juke? ›

NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 NISSAN JUKE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM APRIL 9, 2010, THROUGH MAY 12, 2011. THE TURBOCHARGER BOOST SENSOR BRACKET MAY SEPARATE FROM THE AIR INLET TUBE DUE TO A DEFECTIVE WELD. Tip: Recalls don't affect every vehicle of the same year, make and model.

Does the 2011 Nissan Juke have a CVT transmission? ›

The Juke is available with two transmission options: Nissan's Xtronic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) and a 6-speed manual (for FWD models only).

What are main problems with Nissan Juke? ›

The Juke has been the subject of seven recalls, with potential faults ranging from possible fuel leaks to oxygen sensor problems, so it's worth speaking to a Nissan dealer to check that any car you're interested in buying has had the necessary work carried out.

How many miles do Nissan Jukes last? ›

As for longevity, the Nissan Juke can last up to 200,000 miles with proper care and regular maintenance. The Nissan Juke is a reliable subcompact SUV that got an excellent reliability rating of 4.0 out of 5.0 from RepairPal.com.

Do Nissan Jukes only take premium gas? ›

One advantage to the CVT is fuel economy: The automatic all-wheel-drive Nissan Juke I drove is rated at 25 MPG city and 30 MPG highway, and I was impressed by my 28 MPG average. That said, Nissan recommends (but does not require) pricey premium fuel.

What is the fuel consumption of Nissan Juke? ›

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EPA MPGPremium Gasoline 29 combined city/highway MPG 27 city 33 highway 3.4 gals/100 miles
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How big is a Nissan Juke gas tank? ›

Fuel & MPG

295.0/354.0 mi. 11.8 gal.

Is there any recalls on the Nissan Juke? ›

The F16-generation Nissan Juke has been placed under recall, with 2019-2020 model years involved. A total of 1372 units are affected by a potential manufacturing issue, which Nissan believes may cause the rear seat to not lock into place correctly when in its upright position.

Is there any recalls on a 2012 Nissan Juke? ›

NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 JUKE, INFINITI QX AND INFINITI M VEHICLES. THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSORS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN TIGHTENED TO THE CORRECT SPECIFICATION. AS A RESULT, THE FUEL PRESSURE SENSOR MAY LOOSEN DUE TO HEAT AND VIBRATION CAUSING FUEL TO LEAK.

What engine is in the Nissan Juke 2011? ›

The 2011 Juke has Nissan's most technically sophisticated engine--a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 188 horsepower--in a lightweight body with an independent suspension for zippy handling.

What kind of engine is in a 2011 Nissan Juke? ›

Used 2011 Nissan Juke Specs & Features
Engine
Base engine size1.6 L
CylindersInline 4
Base engine typeGas
Horsepower188 hp @ 5,600 rpm
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What kind of transmission does a 2011 Nissan Juke have? ›

Two transmissions are offered – Nissan's advanced Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission) with S-Mode and a 6-speed manual transmission (SV FWD and SL FWD models only). Fuel economy is rated at 27 mpg City and 32 mpg Highway for JUKE CVT FWD models.

Why did Nissan discontinue the Juke? ›

The Nissan Juke was discontinued to make way for other smaller SUV options like the Nissan Kicks and Nissan Rogue. However, these models are less powerful, less sporty, and overall less fun to drive.

Are Jukes good cars? ›

Our testers enjoyed driving it, but very tight rear seats and trifling cargo space limit its usefulness. Fuel economy of 24 mpg overall isn't bad for an all-wheel-drive vehicle, but the need for premium fuel is a downer. As in some sporty hatchbacks, a noisy cabin and stiff ride come with the territory.

Are Nissan Jukes expensive to fix? ›

Cost. The average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Nissan Juke is $548, compared to an average of $466 for subcompact SUVs and $652 for all vehicle models.

Can you still get parts for the Nissan Juke? ›

At Advance Auto, we've got you covered when it comes to getting your Nissan Juke in tip top condition. We've got over 1,120 Nissan Juke parts to choose from in popular categories like Tools, Fluids & Garage, Engines & Ignition and Air, Fuel, Emission & Exhaust parts.

Do Nissan Jukes have transmission issues? ›

The CVT gearbox is seemingly a little unpredictable, with some issues being reported at as little as 3k miles, and others remaining fairly problem-free until much higher mileages. This is probably the most notable & well-reported Nissan Juke problem.

Do Nissans hold their value? ›

Though Nissans tend to hold their value well, even in-demand models can depreciate by up to 40% after three years of ownership. Mileage: Maintain a limit of 12,000 to 15,000 miles per year of ownership, and try to sell your car before it reaches 100,000 miles to net the best resale price.

Does premium gas give better mileage? ›

Premium gas has a higher resistance to engine knock in luxury and performance vehicles with turbochargers or high-compression engines, so you can hit that horsepower smoothly. Additionally, premium gas can increase fuel efficiency, potentially bringing better gas mileage for longer while decreasing emissions.

Why does the juke take premium gas? ›

Rear sightlines also are poor. Another drawback to the Juke is recommended usage of premium fuel. Perhaps the use of premium fuel, which allows the engine to operate more efficiently, pays off. During a test week in a 3,026-pound, all-wheel-drive Juke, fuel usage averaged 30.5 miles per gallon.

Does premium gas clean your engine? ›

Today's premium fuels contain additives and detergents that help clean fuel injectors and remove carbon deposits inside of engines, thus, incentivizing motorist with engines that use regular fuel to, on occasion, use premium gas to clean their engines.

Is Nissan Juke 1.6 Economical? ›

The 1.6-litre petrol returns some disappointing fuel economy claims for such a small car, though.
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Fuel economy.
Petrol engines33.6 - 35.8 mpg
Diesel engines49.6 mpg

How many Litres is a Nissan Juke? ›

For most models in the Nissan Juke range, the fuel tank capacity is 46 litres. In the most efficient 1.5 dCi engine, this gives a fuel range of around 714 miles in theory. The exceptions are with the Tekna, Acenta and NISMO models with 4WD, where the fuel tank capacity is 50 litres.

What is the engine capacity of Nissan Juke? ›

There are three engine types available in the Juke, namely the 1.2 litre petrol engine, the 1.5 litre Diesel engine and the 1.6 litre petrol engine.

What engine is in the Nissan Juke? ›

The Nissan Juke has a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 110bhp, and it's available across all trim levels. It takes a leisurely 12.5 seconds to reach 62mph although that is improved marginally to 12.3 seconds with the optional CVT automatic transmission.

Is the new Juke bigger than the old Juke? ›

Not like the first Juke. Its driving position was hunched, its back seat cramped and dark, and its boot little more than a rear-mounted glovebox. The new one is much bigger inside. Grown-ups can fit in the back.

Is a Nissan Juke bigger than a Ford Focus? ›

The Nissan Juke is a larger vehicle than the Ford Focus and provides a roomier seating area and more space in the cargo hold.

What is the fuel consumption of Nissan Juke? ›

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Fuel Economy
EPA MPGPremium Gasoline 29 combined city/highway MPG 27 city 33 highway 3.4 gals/100 miles
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How big is a 2011 Nissan Juke gas tank? ›

13.2 gal

What engine is in the Nissan Juke 2011? ›

The 2011 Juke has Nissan's most technically sophisticated engine--a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 188 horsepower--in a lightweight body with an independent suspension for zippy handling.

How fast is a 2011 Nissan Juke? ›

With the continuously variable automatic buzzing the engine's top speed incessantly, the front-drive Juke we tested accelerated to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, and through the quarter mile in 15.2 seconds at 91.9 mph, which is right on par with the Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, mind you.

Is Nissan Juke 1.6 Economical? ›

The 1.6-litre petrol returns some disappointing fuel economy claims for such a small car, though.
...
Fuel economy.
Petrol engines33.6 - 35.8 mpg
Diesel engines49.6 mpg

How big is a Nissan Juke gas tank? ›

Fuel & MPG

295.0/354.0 mi. 11.8 gal.

How many Litres is a Nissan Juke? ›

For most models in the Nissan Juke range, the fuel tank capacity is 46 litres. In the most efficient 1.5 dCi engine, this gives a fuel range of around 714 miles in theory. The exceptions are with the Tekna, Acenta and NISMO models with 4WD, where the fuel tank capacity is 50 litres.

Is Nissan Juke 2011 AWD? ›

The Used 2011 Nissan Juke comes with front wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic.

How wide is 2011 Nissan Juke? ›

2011 Nissan Juke Length, Width, Height & Wheelbase

The 2011 Nissan Juke is 5.8 feet (1.77 meters) wide. What is this? The 2011 Nissan Juke has a height of 5.1 feet (1.57 meters). The 2011 Nissan Juke has a wheelbase of 8.3 feet (2.53 meters).

How big is the gas tank in a 2012 Nissan Juke? ›

11.8 gal

Is a Nissan Juke a reliable car? ›

The Nissan Juke Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 7 for subcompact SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $548 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.

Why did Nissan discontinue the Juke? ›

The Nissan Juke was discontinued to make way for other smaller SUV options like the Nissan Kicks and Nissan Rogue. However, these models are less powerful, less sporty, and overall less fun to drive.

Why is the Nissan Juke so popular? ›

The Nissan Juke was a pioneer when it was launched in 2010. It packed the attitude and altitude of a crossover, and out-there styling, all shrunk into a supermini's length span. It sold like crazy from the start to the end of its life.

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