• Oct 26, 2010
2011 Nissan Juke – Click above for high-res image gallery

We told you yesterday about a whole slew of awards doled out by the Texas Auto Writers Association, but we missed one. The 2011 Nissan Juke has earned the nod as as this year's CUV of Texas. The gaggle of Lone Star writers that hopped behind the seat cited the vehicle's interesting styling and engaging driving experience as the top-ranking reasons for the high-riding hatch's win. Of course, we're pretty big fans of the 32 miles per gallon (highway) that the 188-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo-four turns out, and the super-trick HVAC controls are worth a win in our book, too. Still, we can't help but be a bit surprised that historically conservative Texas would recognize such an otherworldly looking machine. We're guessing that a healthy contingent of the jury comes from "Keep it Weird" Austin, and that's just fine by us.

Nissan says that the TAWA will present the automaker a trophy at its award ceremony on November 12 at Space Center Houston. Seems only fitting for a CUV that looks like it could have spent its formative years roaming the surface of Mars. Hit the jump for the press release.



Photos copyright ©2010 Chris Paukert / AOL

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Aww... it's nice they let some blind people be involved in the voting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I swear, some of these Nissan's look like co-workers are walking past the designer's desk and bumping his elbow as he's drawing with his CAD pen. There are all kinds of sweeps and swoops in all sorts of directions with this thing. The Leaf is even uglier.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FUGLY!
      • 4 Years Ago
      CUV? seriously? i know you guys got miffed when i pointed out the LRX was a hatch back... but I drove this thing last weekend and it's smaller than my golf. I love the 'cuv' label... might as well call it 'anything < an SUV including something the size of a mini"

      Great hatch though, the cvt was less annoying then I expected and the pickup was as brisk as you'd expect for something with nearly 200hp and just 3000lbs... in short, something i'd seriously consider to replace a hatch but I'm not sure how people qualify it as a CUV...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not as bad looking in person as it is in the photos.

      That said, I still could never see myself ever buying one. I love quirky and weird cars, but this one is just TOO weird, even for me!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The car looks better when seen live, but I still don't dig that A-pillar-roofline angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It stands out from the bland cars populating the roads.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I read this thing is 6 inches shorter than a Versa hatchback. Guess everything in Texas is not bigger afterall....
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Still, we can't help but be a bit surprised that historically conservative Texas would recognize such an otherworldly looking machine. We're guessing that a healthy contingent of the jury comes from "Keep it Weird" Austin, and that's just fine by us. Nissan says that the TAWA will present the automaker a trophy at its award ceremony on November 12 at Space Center Houston. Seems only fitting for a CUV that looks like it could have spent its formative years roaming the surface of Mars"

      Did you write those hilarious lines yourself? I'm not even from Texas, but I had to groan a bit.

      And last I checked, the Juke has been getting a lot of great reviews, and a lot of them even LIKE the looks. Amazing, huh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm from Texas and I think this is okay... haha nah I'm totally juking
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Texans has a lot more good sense than that.

      Juke, seriously?

      Or did they mean JOKE, and in: "psych!"
        • 4 Years Ago
        As a Texan, let me assure you that we do. They probably got some pot smoking hippies out of Austin to pick a car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Texas has a strange sense of humor.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Expert

        As a New Mexican, let me assure you that I don't care whether you have more sense than Austin or not, you can keep the Juke.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This makes me want to move back to Louisiana.

      At least a Porsche will be named after us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the Nissan PUKE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does Texas give awards for every imaginable marketing ploy devised as a car definition? What's next? The Lone Star Best 4 Door Coupe SUV? Also - why should we care what Texas thinks?
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