Inside, the Integrated Control system (I-CON) with its LED buttons that switch between climate and trip-computer modes has impressed me the most so far. I-CON displays real-time mpg and turbo-boost levels to encourage fuel saving and sportier driving. The Juke's cloth-wrapped seats are comfortable and its navigation easy to figure out, yet the overall cabin design looks busy.

There are some other niggles: With 10.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, there's barely enough room for passengers and their stuff. Then there's that droning CVT.

The Juke, whose funky form draws as many wide-eyed stares as it does passionate opinions, has a very different -- and at times questionable -- philosophy. It garners levels of bewilderment few other vehicles can match. That's why we're so enthused to live with it for the next 365 days.

Our Vehicle
Base price $25,330
Price as tested $25,890
Vehicle layout Front engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV
Engine 1.6L/188-hp/177-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4
Transmission Cont variable auto
Curb weight (f/r dist) 3164 lb (59/41%)
Wheelbase 99.6 in
Length x width x height 162.4 x 69.5 x 61.8 in
0-60 mph 7.3 sec
Quarter mile 15.7 sec @ 88.1 mph
Braking, 60-0 134 ft
Lateral acceleration 0.83 g (avg)
MT Figure Eight 27.4 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 25/30 mpg
Energy cons, city/hwy 135/112 kW-hrs/100 mi
CO2 emissions 0.72 lb/mi
Total mileage 2580 mi
Average fuel econ 24.5 mpg