2012 Nissan Juke

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Nissan Juke. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Handling
  • Interior controls
  • Well-equipped base model
  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Advanced AWD system

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Small backseat
  • Small cargo area
  • Automatic can be unresponsive
  • Uncomfortable driver's seat

Notable Features of the 2012 Nissan Juke

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Available six-speed manual transmission
  • Standard iPod connectivity
  • FWD or AWD

2012 Nissan Juke Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Nissan's five-seat Juke small crossover is about 20 inches shorter than the Rogue, the previous smallest crossover in the automaker's lineup, but it packs a more powerful engine and a sophisticated available all-wheel-drive system that together give the Juke a decidedly sporty bearing. Competitors include the Kia Soul and Scion xB.

Offered in S, SV and SL trim levels, the Juke is also available with a number of upscale features such as push-button start and a navigation system with real-time traffic information.


New for 2012
Introduced last year, the Juke sees no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
Nissan isn't afraid to take risks with vehicle styling. The Quest minivan and Cube small car are two recent examples, and the Juke follows in that tradition. From the stacked front lights, a grille that spans the width of the vehicle and muscular fender flares, the Juke's styling is out there, but in a good way.

Even though the Juke is much shorter than the Rogue, its wheelbase is only about 6 inches less, which gives the Juke short front and rear overhangs that enhance its stance. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Body-colored side mirrors


Interior
The crossover's cabin styling is more traditional than its exterior, but it does have its share of unique design elements. They include a painted center console that is styled to look like a sport bike's gas tank, according to Nissan. The driver faces a three...

Vehicle Overview

Nissan's five-seat Juke small crossover is about 20 inches shorter than the Rogue, the previous smallest crossover in the automaker's lineup, but it packs a more powerful engine and a sophisticated available all-wheel-drive system that together give the Juke a decidedly sporty bearing. Competitors include the Kia Soul and Scion xB.

Offered in S, SV and SL trim levels, the Juke is also available with a number of upscale features such as push-button start and a navigation system with real-time traffic information.


New for 2012
Introduced last year, the Juke sees no significant changes for the 2012 model year.

Exterior
Nissan isn't afraid to take risks with vehicle styling. The Quest minivan and Cube small car are two recent examples, and the Juke follows in that tradition. From the stacked front lights, a grille that spans the width of the vehicle and muscular fender flares, the Juke's styling is out there, but in a good way.

Even though the Juke is much shorter than the Rogue, its wheelbase is only about 6 inches less, which gives the Juke short front and rear overhangs that enhance its stance. Exterior features include:

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels
  • Body-colored side mirrors


Interior
The crossover's cabin styling is more traditional than its exterior, but it does have its share of unique design elements. They include a painted center console that is styled to look like a sport bike's gas tank, according to Nissan. The driver faces a three-spoke steering wheel and an instrument panel dominated by a large tachometer and speedometer. The Juke has a 60/40-split folding backseat that lets you dedicate more space for cargo when you need to. Interior features include:

  • Standard CD stereo with steering-wheel controls and iPod connectivity
  • Standard Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available automatic air conditioning
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available heated front seats
  • Available backup camera
  • Available push-button start
  • Available moonroof
  • Available navigation system with a 5-inch touch-screen


Under the Hood

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with direct injection and is rated at 188 horsepower and 177 pounds-feet of torque. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available, though the manual is offered only on front-wheel-drive SV and SL trims. Mechanical features include:

  • Available Integrated Control system, which tailors the response of the gas pedal, CVT and steering based on three selectable modes: Normal, Sport and Eco
  • Available performance-oriented all-wheel-drive system can evenly split engine torque between the front and rear wheels, and also transfer torque between the rear wheels
  • All-wheel-drive models get a multilink rear suspension in place of the front-drive models' torsion-beam design


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for both rows
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active head restraints for the front seats

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great Manual Transmission--Fun to Drive and Reliab

by Karie1715 from Fort Wayne IN on October 20, 2018

Love to drive it--plenty of room and great fuel economy. Perfect for my family, my stops at the garage sales for my love of other's people's treasures. This vehicle is lovely in every way. Read full review

(1.0)

Too many problems

by Jukehater from Denver, Colorado on October 9, 2018

Terrible gas mileage, already had problems with ignition starting as well as driver door lock not working. Trunks so tiny you can?t fit much in there. Not worth the money Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Nissan Juke currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Nissan Juke S

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Nissan
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    6 years/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    84 months/100,000 miles from original new-car in-service date

  • Powertrain warranty

    84 months/100,000 miles (includes LEAF electric vehicle system and powertrain)

  • Dealer Certification Required

    167-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Juke received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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