1. Nissan Juke
Nissan’s 2017 Juke Crossover contains to raise brows and exceed expectations with its contagiously funky design and AWD capabilities. The 5-door Juke comes standard FWD with the option for AWD with a CVT automatic transmission. The more basic trim levels the Juke offers are the S, SV, and SL. These do not have the option for a manual transmission. The comparable Jeep Renegade provides better cargo space with its boxy design and is built for a more rugged all-wheel drive experience. The Juke has a sleek interior with Push To Start, Siri Eyes Free and a 5” display, plus so much more.
The top two trims are the Nismo and Nismo RS. Both of these come standard with a manual transmission. AWD is only supported by automatic transmission offered with the Nismo trims. The Nismo trims are designed to emphasize the sporty personality of the Juke through body kits, performance advancements, and so forth. While the automatic transmission will take away some of your horsepower, it certainly won’t let you down when the weather is bad. The performance of the Nismo and Nismo RS competes with smaller sedans such as the Subaru WRX and VW Golf GTI.
Interestingly enough, all five of these trims are equipped with a 1.6L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with 188 HP. An all-wheel-drive Juke will cost you in the ballpark of $22,100 up into the low 30’s–potentially higher depending on what upgrades you select. The comparable AWD Jeep Renegade costs between $19,900 to $30,000, depending on how you build it. The bug eye headlights and curvy lines of the Juke make it a crossover you either love or hate. If you love it, it’s a great AWD option for an affordable price.