Fast Take: The 2013 Nissan Juke Screams “Look At Me!”

2013 Nissan Juke SL

The 2013 Nissan Juke SL has unique exterior styling that will have people stopping, staring, and wondering what exactly it is that you’re driving. There’s no doubt that you’re going to get noticed in this car.

It’s fair to say that this is one of the cutest crossovers out there with its big, rounded edges and bubbly front lights. In fact, cute was what almost everyone said when they saw me driving around in the 2013 Nissan Juke SL last week.

The inside matches the outside with the same overly rounded surfaces. It gives everything a fun, funky, and once again, cute vibe. This is not a stodgy car and it practically demands that you kick back, relax, and enjoy yourself behind the wheel.

There’s a 188 horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged engine under the hood and in the 2013 Nissan Juke SL AWD CVT that I drove, it did the job but not very impressively. All the fun, funky design promised a fun, funky drive, but it was a bit sluggish and left me wanting more.

Despite the fact that this is a crossover, the interior space leans more towards what you’d find in a compact hatchback than an SUV. The front driver and passenger room are good, but the back gets a little tight. It’ll be just fine for kids, but a taller adult is going to feel cramped, especially when it comes to headroom.

Cargo space is also at a premium at 10.5 cubic feet or about what you’ll find in some sedans. Flipping down the rear seats gives you a bit more, but it’s still not a car for hauling around a lot of stuff.

The 2013 Nissan Juke has cute styling that will make people smile when you drive by and put a smile on your face as you slide behind the wheel. If you’re looking for a driver’s car, that smile might fade when you step on the gas so a better bet would be the Nissan Juke Nismo which is the Juke’s sportier cousin.

Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.