If you’re looking to bring the funky cool to the road, look no further than the Nissan Juke. Good news if sporty ranks high on your must-have list too. The 2017 Juke lineup offers two new Nismo editions: the Nismo and Nismo RS.
You can get a 2017 Juke at dealerships now. There are the three standard trims: S, SV, and SL. The two Nismo models come on top of those. The base S with FWD starts at $21,190. The top SL with AWD has a $27,880 sticker.
All trims come with the choice of front- and rear-wheel-drive. The three standard trims and base Nismo carry the 1.6-liter Turbo engine. It rates at 188-horses with 177 pound-feet of torque. The Nismo RS boost the power to 215-horses and 210 lb-ft of torque. It also adds custom suspension, steering, and brake tuning.
The two Nismo trims differ in their transmissions from the standard models. The FWD Nismos come with 6-speed manual transmission. The AWD Nismos come with the standard Xtronic transmission. Nissan notes it comes with Sport Mode and something called D-step Logic Control. These work together to create the feeling of smooth shifting.
The base FWD Nismo starts at $25,770. The top AWD Nismo RS at $30,960.
Nissan also gives the Juke some new pep in its ride for 2017. New things include standard 17-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheels on the SV and SL trims. The SV now come standard with last years Cold Weather Package. In other words, cloth front seats and outside mirrors are heated.
The Juke takes customization to a whole other level. Nissan created what it calls the Juke Color Studio. It allows you to personalize the inside and outside of your model. You use the online program to choose custom colors for everything from wheel inserts to interior door trim. It’s basically like the trend in making custom Nikes, except in a much bigger form.
The Nismos do not offer the Color Studio option. That makes it a good choice if you want still want stand out with a standard trim. The two Nismos do add special features of their own though. They come with red striping on the both the front and back fascias and the side sills. They get a special grille and light design, extended wheel flares, and red outside mirrors. Nismo badging make it clear to others just what you’ve got going on.
The 2017 Nissan Juke lineup is at dealerships now.