|The latest from Nissan is the 2011 Juke. This may be the MGB-GT for this century; a small, light, nimble fun to car with enough power to convince you it is faster than it is. Powered by a turbocharged 1.6 liter 4 cylinder that makes 188 hp, this is not a car that can be ignored by its owner. Turbos demand attention to maintenance cycles. Forego oil changes at your own risk. It comes in 3 flavors; "S", "SV", and "SL". all require the CVT transmission with the AWD option. But perhaps the best aspect of Juke is the price. The entry level "S" version can be had with AWD for a mere $20,480.|
The new 2009 Nissan Murano S comes standard with the 265-hp, 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V-6 engine.The SL and SE versions focus on convenience and interior upgrades for its 5 passengers, rather than core mechanical system changes. The chassis has been stiffened for crisper response. The interior is now being referred to as the "suite". Jeeez, how pretentious can you get? Prices on the Murano S with AWD start at $29,280.
|The 2009 Nissan Rogue is basically unchanged save for the addition of some trinkets here and there. . Available in two models, S and SL, each has a standard 170hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine,the Xtronic CVT™ (Continuously Variable Transmission), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS) and 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. A smaller version of Murano, the styling exercise could have done a better job on the nose profile. The primary KEY FEATURE is what Nissancalls their Intuitive All Wheel Drive System. It applies power to the rear wheels only when the vehicle isn't in straight line "cruise" mode. The base AWD Rogue is priced at $21,420.|
You have to hand it to Nissan's designers. The new designs are rarely boring! I have to admit, I really like the bodies they've been crafting for the last several years. Their latest entry into the mini-ute field is the 2011 Juke. You might hate the way it looks, but you can't say it ain't different! Much as I like the car's profile, head on, it has a face only a mother could love! Juke will go head to head with RAV4, and it reminds me of some of the Hyundai and Kia product. Its optional AWD system is called, "t orque vectoring All-Wheel Drive". It is a system that is disengaged until the driver decides, and then it can be either locked or allowed to manage the vehicle's power.
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