A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Nissan Juke

The 2012 Nissan Juke is part crossover, part sports car, and part radical looking car. It has five doors, folding rear seats, and a rear hatch for easy access to the cargo area. The seats fold flat offering extra luggage space. The Juke can easily fit in many different budgets, even when it is fully loaded.

Key Features

The Nissan Juke comes with a 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder engine that offers 188 hp at 5,600 rpm. The fuel economy is estimated at 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway for the front-wheel drive manual. For the all-wheel drive CVT, the fuel economy is 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Other notable features include a six speaker audio system, Bluetooth, trip computer, iPod connectivity, and keyless remote entry.

Changes for 2012

The 2012 Nissan Juke debuted in the year 2011, so no changes have been made to the 2012 model.

What We Like

The Juke offers a good suspension which offers a comfortable ride. Adding to the vehicle’s stability is the big tires and wide front and rear track. The I-CON system interface (Advanced-Integrated Control) controls the heat and air functions while other settings on the interface map the throttle response. Another nice feature is Nissan’s intelligent all-wheel drive system. This can create a 50/50 front and rear power split along with distributing torque from side to side.

What Concerns Us

The Juke does have wide tires, but that also makes the noise inside the cabin louder. If you tend to carry lots of cargo on a regular basis, you may want to look at the Kia Sportage which offers more room and is fuel efficient.

Available Models

The Nissan Juke comes in the S, SV, and SL styles. These are available in automatic or manual transmissions depending on your preference. Each one comes with the standard 1.6 liter four cylinder engine.

Major Recalls

The 2012 Nissan Juke was recalled due to the fuel pressure sensors may not have been properly tightened. This can cause a fuel leak. The Juke was also recalled because the rear back seat striker may separate during a crash which can increase the risk of injury to passengers.

Common Issues

Common complaints include the Bluetooth not working, USB port not charging, engine not starting, bad gas mileage, defective pressure sensor, gear grinding, blown transmission, and the keyless system won’t start.

Nissan Juke 2012 Interior


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