2013 Nissan Juke – An Impressive Upgrade
Published October 11, 2012
Where most modern cars look similar, you can reasonably set yourself apart with the 2013 Nissan Juke. This sleek looking crossover has gotten several upgrades in its packages and in its safety features, making it a more attractive purchase than before. If you loved its funky colors offered on previous year models, you will enjoy the fact that three new colors have been added to its lineup: Atomic Gold, Pearl White and Brilliant Silver all join the lineup for 2013. Let’s take a look at what else is new:
Probably the most significant addition to the 2013 Nissan Juke is the Midnight edition package which is brand, spanking new. It costs an additional $1,200 from the base price but offers a modern touch including 17” black wheels, black mirror caps and a black spoiler on its rear roof. The good news is that the package will offer the buyer at least a $500 savings in option add-ons over being purchased separately.
The navigational package is also getting an upgrade. You can expect a rear view camera to be included should you decide that you just must have the navigational package. In addition, the Rockford Fosgate audio system has been revised and added to the package only on SV models. The SL trim is still only offering premium audio.
The engine is not changing at all – you can still buy it in the continuously variable transmission (CVT) or in a six speed manual (I recommend the manual!). It features a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder direct injected engine that puts out 188HP. Power is directed to the front wheels or all-wheel drive.
You can choose from three driving modes: eco, sport and normal. They allow you to change up the dynamics of the car with little effort including the car’s throttle, steering and transmission functions. Fuel economy is relatively decent offering 27/33 city/highway mileage.
Inside, it is everything you expected just from looking at the outside. It is a smaller crossover unit – holding enough seating for five passengers. The backseat is kind of cramped though, and doesn’t offer much in the way of leg room. However, the back seat is split in a 60/40 configuration and does lay flat to create some extra cargo room. This is probably its best function – I wouldn’t exactly describe it as a family car even though it is touted as a crossover. It’s definitely aimed more at the hot hatch lovers.
The center console, however, is impressive. It offers a unique style that is not found in most cars today. It is reminiscent of a motorcycle gas tank – smooth, functional and stylish all in one package.
It was expected that the 2013 Nissan Juke would be priced lower than its turbo charged counterpart. Base models – the 2013 Nissan Juke S – starts at $19,990 while the all-wheel drive – the SL trim starts at $26,650.
While I wouldn’t consider it a family car – as I mentioned before – it is definitely a unique ride that I would have considered in my younger years.
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