The Nissan Juke is a funky-looking compact SUV, loved by enough people that Nissan let its motorsports division run wild with it.

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This latest trim level gains a new Nismo RS badge, denoting its enhanced engine tuning.

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For Nismo and Nismo RS trims, the Juke comes in black, silver or white, each with red mirror caps.

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The engine in the Nismo RS boasts a new management program and performance exhaust, bringing it up to 215 horsepower.

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Although its compact dimensions make it similar to many other small hatchbacks, the Juke's high riding position put it in SUV territory, or sport crossover, and Nissan calls it.

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Architectural blinker lights sit on top of the fenders, while round halogen headlights illuminate the road.

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The Nismo RS, like other Jukes, can be had in front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive. All-wheel-drive gets a better rear suspension and torque vectoring, but also comes saddled with a continuously variable transmission.

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Eighteen-inch wheels come standard on the Juke Nismo RS, as do ventilated brake discs and four-piston calipers.

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The front-wheel-drive Juke Nismo RS, seen here, makes do with a torsion bar rear suspension.

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The rear seats fold down, bringing cargo space up to 35.9 cubic feet.

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Recaro seats in black and red come standard in the Juke Nismo RS, but high bolsters negatively affect cabin access.

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Minimal padding makes these seats less comfortable on long trips.

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The rear seat is the same bench found in the Juke Nismo.

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Hard plastics cover the dashboard, while the Nismo RS also gets fake carbon fiber trim pieces.

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The electric power steering includes a sport program to enhance response.

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The red face for the tachometer and red band at the top of the steering wheel come as standard in the Nismo RS.

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Every Juke can be had with a six-speed manual or continuously variable transmission, but those also dictate front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive choices.

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The navigation head unit is a $1,200 option in the Juke Nismo RS.

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The D-mode controls sit below the navigation system, offering Sport, Normal and Eco settings.

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Each drive setting changes throttle response, steering program and climate control tuning.

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A rearview camera is the only driver assistance feature in the Juke Nismo RS.

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The navigation system runs on a small, 5.8-inch touchscreen.

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The app and information screen shows Sirius Travel Link data, and offers access to Nissan Connect apps.

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Nissan Connect currently only includes iHeartRadio, Google search and Facebook integration.

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Google search is very useful for up-to-date destination results based on freeform search terms.

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For audio sources, the Juke Nismo RS includes a USB port, Bluetooth streaming, a CD player, and satellite and broadcast radio.

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iOS integration through the USB port shows robust track information, including album art.

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A Rockford Fosgate audio system includes six speakers and a subwoofer.

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