Why your Nissan Juke sucks in the snow
The Nissan Juke is a love it or hate it vehicle. Some people hate it, but those who love them are die-hard. So what happens when your new Juke that you love so dearly becomes Happy Gilmore on the snow and ice? Well, that love might not seem to sure anymore.
Don't worry, though, we can save your affair with your Juke with nothing more than a new item on your Christmas list: tires.
Yep, like most cars that come off the lot today, the Juke entered your life with a set of summer performance tires aimed towards highway efficiency and better MPG, but not better handling when the roads are anything other than dry and straight. In this regard, you're even worse off if you bought the NISMO package (pictured).
The original equipment for your Juke will depend on the year, model, and what time of year it was built. In all cases, it's a summertime tire with hard tread and little give. Again, great when MPG is the goal, but horrible for anything outside of flat, dry, well-maintained pavement. Most 2013 models outside of the NISMO, for example, have Eagle RSA tires on (made by Goodyear). The NISMO package has Continental ContiSports and still others may have Yokohama-made tires on them.
The options for replacements are many and where you live will determine the best choice for your Juke. If you live where ice and snow are seriously an issue every year, consider getting a second set of wheels (rims) and mounting snow tires on them specifically for winter use. If you live where snow and ice are not the norm, but may occasionally happen, then all-season radials may be a better option.
Looking through Jukeforums.com and the the Juke group on Nissan's Facebook pages, several tire choices are given as favorites from Juke owners. Also remember that the all-wheel drive option (if equipped) works best in these situations while switching to front-wheel drive in good weather can improve fuel mileage at highway speeds.
So ask Santa for some new tires this Christmas and you can fall back in love with your Juke again.