Nissan Jukes Further Away From Manuals

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

The Nissan Juke is quietly distancing itself from offering a third pedal for the 2015 model year.

While the Nismo and Nismo RS performance models are still available with a six-speed manual when configured with front-wheel drive, Nissan is ushering out the manual for its more pedestrian packages.

Until the 2015 model year, which marks a mid-cycle refresh for the sub-compact crossover, customers could choose a manual in the SV model. Moving forward, non-performance oriented versions of the Juke are only available with Nissan’s “Xtronic” continuously variable transmission.

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The Juke is only one part of a longstanding trend in the American automobile market toward automatic transmissions. Lexus cancelled the manual version of its IS compact sport sedan when it introduced the current generation, saying standard transmissions only accounted for a tiny fraction of sales in the previous generation.

More recently, Acura abandoned the manual transmission altogether by cutting the six-speed stick from its ILX as part of a deep refresh. The new car uses the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed dual-clutch automatic powertrain as the larger TLX, lending it improved fuel efficiency and more power.

But manual transmissions aren’t entirely out to pasture just yet.

Honda is about to introduce its new HR-V, a newcomer within the Juke’s segment. When it arrives this spring, customers will be able to choose between an automatic and a manual.

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Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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  • Paulo Paulo on Feb 18, 2015

    I bet nobody bought the manual juke here. Interesting that Honda is going to offer one.

  • Allenegg Allenegg on Feb 18, 2015

    I am a 70 year old man. I have owned vehicles with manuals since my first car in 1964. I presently own a 4spd, 5spd, and a 6spd car. My 5spd is a '98 Maxima, I was planning on replacing it with a Juke SV (manual) . When the time comes to trade, if all Nissan has to offer is the "snow-mobile transmission" (CVT), they have lost my sale. They have eliminated the manual from both the new Maxima and the Altima. Both were on my list to replace my '98. I have no desire for an auto withe a automatic, from any manufacturer ! I like driving my car, not just aiming it.

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