Nissan Juke Road Test
The funky-looking Juke has the raised ride height and optional AWD of an SUV, but with very carlike handling and maneuverability. The steeply raked rear quarter makes for lousy visibility aft. The rear seat is tight, and the trifling cargo space limits practicality. Tidy handling and Nissan's punchy 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder make it fun and zippy. Its 24 mpg overall isn't bad, but the need for premium fuel is a downer. A continuously variable transmission is standard. As in some sporty hatchbacks, a noisy cabin and stiff ride come with the territory. The Juke scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test. A modest restyling took place for 2015.
All cars come with basic warranty coverage, also known as a bumper-to-bumper warranty. This protects consumers against unexpected problems with non-wear items. Powertrain warranty protects against engine and transmission troubles. Rust through, or corrosion warranty, covers rust to non-damaged components. Roadside aid provides on-location assistance in case of a breakdown and may include limited towing services.
Extended warranties provide peace of mind. Owners of models known to have worse-than-average predicted reliability can mitigate risks with an extended warranty. Generally, we recommend buying a model with better-than-average reliability and skipping this expensive add on. If you do buy an extended warranty, it is key to read the small print to understand what is covered and where you can bring the car for repairs.