‘Juke’ means to dodge and make a new path. Nissan couldn’t be more right.
When the all-new Nissan Juke hit the streets back in 2010, its rave reviews for both this 5-door hatchback’s sporty, street-terrorizing performance, and curvy, revolutionary exterior compared to other run-of-the-mill hatchbacks confirmed it was here to stay. Now coming in three different trims depending on the Clydesdales under the hood and physical enhancements—the Juke, Juke NISMO and Juke NISMO RS (excluding the steroidal GT-R–powered Juke-R)—we were blessed with the latter RS dressed in Brilliant Silver exterior to review.
Thankfully, the aggressive 1.6 turbocharged engine spanking 216 horses; six-speed manual (Yes!); top speed of 135 mph; NISMO RS performance exhaust; sport-tuned suspension; Alcantara and leather-wrapped steering wheel; ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System); VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control); TCS (Traction Control System); EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution); and other performance-enhancing amenities justified its looks rivaling anything leaving skid marks in a Fast and Furious film.
The eye-popping design complete with 18-inch alloy wheels; front grille; rear spoiler; chrome exhaust; LED daytime running lights; welcomed demonic red accenting the entire interior including the dash and slick, body hugging Recaro® driver front passenger seats; and overall physique that would make a bodybuilder jealous, made the RS a must for anyone demanding an adventurous drive many exotic cars deliver for a fraction of the price ($28,020). And don’t let its shell mimicking a two-door sports car fool you. The back doors’ handles are elevated and camouflaged into the frame, but our 6’-8” front passenger still fit comfortably, so the interior is still accommodating to virtually anyone.
Considering all of the power and racing features the Juke NISMO RS boasts, gas mileage still graciously remains a nonconcern with numbers averaging 27 miles to the gallon (25 city/31 highway). While we favor the manual transmission for the true sports feel, automatic is also available so that all bases are covered.
The standout features on the technology side include the Around View® Monitor with moving object detection; push button ignition; hands-free texting assistant; a 5.8-inch color monitor; Bluetooth capabilities; a booming Rockford Fosgate® ecoPunch™ premium sound system; and the signature NissanConnect™ with navigation and mobile apps add to the RS’ value.
Ultimately, this 2015 Juke NISMO RS effortless paddles against the mainstream with the impressive numbers in every category to prove it.
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