The Sport-Tuned Nissan Juke
The 2013 Nissan Juke Nismo is the sport version of an already-sporty crossover. Powered by a 1.6-liter turbo direct-injected 4-cylinder, the Juke Nismo offers more horspower. It offers strong acceleration, taut handling, a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual shifter (the throws are a tad long, though) and good steering feedback. The Nismo-tuned suspension gives you a lower and stiffer ride. For being a tall and small vehicle, there’s minimal lean. The ride reminded Lyra of a Mini Cooper.
Described as unique and striking, the Juke Nismo has plenty of interesting characteristics. For example, the protruding lamps on the hood are for the parking lights and turn signals. The headlights are below the hood lamps and flank the grille. Then our tester, the Nismo trim, sports a six-pack of LED daylight running lights on each side beneath the grille. Aside from the strange lighting layout, Nissan’s compact crossover has an athletic look — Peter likens it to an animal ready to pounce — that includes large fender flares, a sloping roofline and L-shaped taillights.
The Nismo adds a body kit that includes a functional hatch-top spoiler, air dam and side skirts. Unlike the regular Juke, the Nismo comes in only three colors: black, white and gray. Another touch: red mirrors and red-accent body lines. The package is set off by two-tone, 10-spoke alloy wheels with performance tires and a chrome exhaust tip.
For more information about the Juke, or to take a look at any Nissan vehicle, contact the Larson Automotive Group.