The 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO: Economy Or Race? Both!
Car manufacturers put out production vehicles in all shapes and sizes. High economy vehicles getting 30-40 mpg or more, as well as high performance vehicles dipping into the sub four-second 0-60 mph sprint, are all part of their line-ups.
Imagine being able to get your hands on a car that can have both: excellent fuel economy as well as decent performance. Back in the early days of muscle cars with high output engines, the fuel mileage was, well, not too impressive.
I know, I owned one. It was a very impressive, performance wise, 1971 Mustang Fastback with a 427 Cobra Jet V-8 motor. But when you put your foot down on the accelerator, you could also see the gas gauge move. I always said the speedometer and gas gauge would have a race whenever I got the lead foot urge.
I have also owned the fuel-efficient, sub-compact, four-cylinder slow pokes that make the bystanders point and laugh as you drive by.
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Nissan has changed the rule of having either good performance or great gas mileage by combining them into one vehicle. Itâ€™s the 2014 Nissan Juke NISMO. Not a GT-R by any stretch of the imagination, but it does have enough oomph to hold its own, performance wise.
The Juke is gasoline-powered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 16-valve I-4 engine. The front- wheel-drive (FWD), front engine is matched to either a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic. An all-wheel-drive (AWD) option is available.
While pushing out 197 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 184 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm, doesnâ€™t sound that impressive, itâ€™s enough to sprint down the track at a 6.8 second, 0-60 mph and a top speed of 130 mph.
The fuel mileage is also impressive, getting 25 city and 31 highway from the FWD and 25 city, 30 highway from the AWD version.
Push-button ignition is joined by a push-button sport mode for that performance feel as it up-shifts at redline.
The exterior features are as impressive as the performance / fuel economy combination. The headlights are smoked and the front turn signals are integrated into the upper fenders. It has a center-mounted stoplight, and a center mounted rear fog lamp. Also having front and rear fascias with red stripes, side sills, a rear liftgate with fixed glass, rear spoiler, and 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels that round out the stylish exterior.
Interior features synthetic suede seats with six-way manual driverâ€™s side and four-way manual passengerâ€™s side controls. NISMO trim and logos are featured throughout. An AM/FM/CD player with six speakers has speed-sensitive volume control with steering wheel mounted audio controls. The Sirius XM Satellite Radio, subscription not included, uses a black fixed rod antenna.
A navigation package is offered for $1,170 with a rearview monitor, six upgraded speakers, NavTraffic, a Rockford Fosgate ecoPUNCH audio system with 8-inch subwoofer and amplifier, and a USB port for an IPOD.
The price for the Juke NISMO for 2014 has not been released yet, but the 2013 Juke base price was $24,000 and the NISMO is only a few thousand more.
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