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Hey guys what do you think of Nissan Juke?

I'm really curious of what you think about the Mazda CX3 comparatively to the Nissan Juke. I love the engineering, the size, and everything about the Juke.... I would have bought one already except for one fact - the UGLY styling.

That is what compels me to the CX3. It seems like a similar size and form factor to the Juke, but without the ugliness. In fact it looks quite clean and sleek.

Any other opinions here?
 

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Hey guys what do you think of Nissan Juke?

I'm really curious of what you think about the Mazda CX3 comparatively to the Nissan Juke. I love the engineering, the size, and everything about the Juke.... I would have bought one already except for one fact - the UGLY styling.

That is what compels me to the CX3. It seems like a similar size and form factor to the Juke, but without the ugliness. In fact it looks quite clean and sleek.

Any other opinions here?
ENGINE

CX3: 2.0L SkyActiv 4 cylinder
Juke: 1.6L Direct Injection 4 Cylinder

POWER

CX3: 155 bhp (estimated based on Mazda 2)
HRV: 188 bhp

TORQUE

CX3: 150 ft-lbs (estimated based on Mazda 2)
Juke: 177 ft-lbs

DIMENSIONS (LxWxH in.)

CX3: 168.3 x 67.5 x 61
Juke: 162.4 x 69.5 x 61.8
 

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I mean a big part of the Juke is its crazy looks. They are love them or hate them. You seem to fall on the hate them side. The CX-3's styling is not that controversial. In fact, it's pretty universally lauded. Seems like an easy decision for you.
 

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CX-3 vs Juke

I bought my CX-3 GT in December. I traded my 2011 Juke in on it. I bought the Juke in November 2010 when they first went on sale in the US. I really liked the Juke and never had any trouble with it. I put a Stillen exhaust on it right after I bought it cause I didn't like the vacuum cleaner sound and later I put an Injen intake on it. The Stillen exhaust supposedly added 13 HP and with the Injen intake, I figured it had around 205 HP. It was rather quick! It drove OK but the interior was nothing special. I got tired of it's quirky looks.
On the other hand, the CX-3 is sleek and stylish. It looks like it would cost more than it does. I really like the interior and the seat is comfortable. It also handles real well. It cruises real nice on the turnpike at 80 mph. I like it much better than the Juke! Although I do miss the Juke's HP every now and then.
 

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Good question! I'm one of the people who isn't put off by the Juke's styling but I completely understand that it's not for everyone. Even though I work at a Nissan dealership, I chose the CX-3 over the Juke. The two biggest reasons are the Juke's CVT transmission and it's at the end of it's life cycle. They're both solid, fun to drive vehicles but the CX-3 is much fresher and feels a class above the competition to me.
 

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the Juke has that obscure look that is clearly not for everyone, but I think the NISMO package is not bad. In general Im not a huge fan of Nissans (though I would get the Nismo 370z in a heartbeat.)
 

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If I had the money I would get a GT-R (Skyline). The Juke is fugly though. I don't understand why Nissan feels the need to make ridiculous looking cars in certain segments to stand out. Juke, Cube, and the electric Leaf are so damn ugly.

And Nissan execs had the balls to compare Leaf to Tesla the other day saying "you don't have to wait until 2017 to drive an affordable electric car" LOL
 

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Here's my quick breakdown having driven both.

Juke rides higher and faster, handling is decent, interior has several hard plastic parts, door panels and closure don't feel as solid.

Cx-3 rides lower and slower, handles better, interior has better materials and doors feel solid.
 

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the slowness of the CX3 is part of its charm. Im quite used to it by now.

U step on it and the engine's like "chill bro, we aint goin nowhere."
 

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They are indeed different. We live next door to France on our little island and while the French are exquisite stylists, they are not red hot at engineering and the Juke has too much Renault content for my liking. They are renowned chef’s too but I prefer my food mainly dead if thats OK.
 

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is the JUKE a shared platform with the Renault? I know the CEO of Nissan Ghosn (spelling) is in charge of both companies, not sure if this is still the case?
 

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Yes, the current Nissan SUV range is shared with most of the Renault range. I believe the car was originally designed in the UK but they build everything with a view to sharing Renault drivetrains. Your version might be produced in Japan and with no diesel engines, you might be safe!
 

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Coming from Juke to CX-3

I traded my 2013 Juke FWD for my 2017 CX-3 FWD, so I'm happy to share some of my comparisons of the two:

- Juke has a 1.6 L turbo 4 and is faster than CX-3. This comes at the price of premium fuel vs. regular for the CX-3. I drove the Juke in ECO mode most of the time, and I hardly notice the difference. CX-3's engine and transmission work well together
- Mileage is supposed to be a lot better in the CX-3 on that regular fuel. Thus far my CX-3 has disappointed me and averages about the same as the Juke ~28MPG (mixed city and highway)
- Juke's interior and connectivity features are dated by at least 10-15 years. A USB port, back up cam, etc. were hard to come by on the 2013 models
- Juke's cloth seats, however, are top notch material. Soft and comfy unlike the hot, easily-damaged 'leatherette' found on CX-3 Touring +
- CX-3 (believe it or not!) has slightly more trunk capacity than Juke. This is largely due to Juke's 'bubble' design in the rear
- Juke has better ground clearance, less-expensive tires, and more off-road capability (albeit not by much--it's on a Versa chassis)
- CX-3's 6-speed works well with the 146 HP 4 cyl. Juke's CVT also works well. Both are great different products that do their job well. Juke has been known to shred that relatively weak CVT unit when the miles start piling up. It also needs regular CVT fluid changes. CX-3 has a sealed 'maintenance free' transmission
- CX-3 seems to have some known issues with the A/C systems. My Juke's A/C slipped an o-ring and failed within the first 2 years. Nissan warranty took care of it. CX-3 also lacks solar tinting on the windshield. Here in Phoenix, AZ, this car is constantly hot inside. Juke's windshield never cooked me...
- Everyone raves about CX-3's great handling. Juke handles better
- Infotainment in CX-3 is miles ahead of Juke
- CX-3 has aggressive, yet conservative styling. Juke you either love it or hate it
- If CX-3 follows Mazda's track record, reliability will be top-notch. Nissans seldom have great reliability. While I had the Juke there were a number of recalls and TSBs on it
- CX-3 crushes Juke when it comes to safety, especially in the small front overlap

Long-term reliability, safety, connectivity, and fuel economy were my top reasons for trading the Juke toward the CX-3. Thus far, I'll admit I'm a little disappointed in the CX-3. Here's hoping that changes the longer I drive it...
 
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