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The 2015 Nissan Juke is quirky both inside and out (pictures)
Since 2011 the Nissan Juke has been inspiring both cheers and jeers thanks to its take-it-or-leave-it design. In 2015 the Juke gets projector-beam headlamps, a whole slew of color choices and Nissan's Around View monitor.
The Nissan Color Studio allows for customizable colors throughout. The interior features options for trim and center console and customers are able to choose from multiple colors applied to nine exterior trim pieces like side mirror caps and front and rear bumpers.
The Juke gets power to the road via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Although CVTs have a reputation of producing a high-pitched whine, the one installed here gets the job done relatively quietly. Throwing the gear lever to the left puts the transmission in a shiftable mode, dividing the CVT into seven steps. It's a nice way of imitating a more conventional automatic.
The Juke has a good amount of standard features, including the power sun roof. Also on tap are heated front seats, push-button ignition, Bluetooth, satellite radio and hands-free text messaging assistant.
The Juke SL comes with a 5.8-inch color touchscreen as well as a smaller screen below for climate control and drive mode information. However, the touchscreen is small when compared with other quirky utes like the Kia Soul or the funky Hyundai Veloster hatchback.
The all-wheel-drive system in the Juke can deliver up to 50 percent of available power to the rear wheels. The torque vectoring system can then deliver all of that torque to either one of the rear wheels.
Located directly behind the cup holders, the heated seat buttons are often difficult to access. The problem is compounded when the flip-up armrest is folded down. There is room for the buttons on the center stack, making their current location very frustrating.
When the Climate button is selected, the options switch to air conditioning and heating controls. It's a neat trick, saving room on the dash, which make the position of the heated seat controls even more puzzling.
The 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine gets plenty of pep with a turbo charger. It's not the fastest thing on four wheels, but it maneuvers quickly through city traffic and is willing to have some fun on the back roads.