If you are shopping for a crossover SUV, you have many excellent vehicles from which to choose. That’s not surprising. The crossover SUV market is red hot. Car buyers appreciate the car-like ride, excellent fuel economy, and superior versatility of crossovers, without the higher cost, gas-guzzling nature, and truck-like road manners of larger SUVs.
Today, we’re comparing the 2016 Honda HR-V crossover for sale at your Valley Honda Dealers with the 2016 Nissan Juke. We’ll take a look at exterior styling, interior accommodations, versatility, technology, performance & handling, fuel economy, and safety.
HR-V’s Sporty Style VS. Nissan Juke’s Radical Appearance
The new 2016 HR-V shares many of the same design elements as many of its Honda siblings, in particular, the award-winning Honda CR-V. And that’s a good thing. Honda has received lots of industry praise of late for its restyled lineup. TheCarConnection.com, for example, calls the HR-V’s contemporary looks “exuberant,” “playful,” and “jazzy.”
Now let’s take a look at the 2016 Nissan Juke. At first glance, one might say that the Juke’s bug-eyed appearance is, as TheCarConnection.com puts it “bizarre” and “cartoonish.” With its mix-and-match choice of color schemes, you’ll really stand out from the crowd. If getting lots of attention, if not downright stares, then maybe the Juke is for you. However, if you want to drive a classy-looking crossover that still has plenty of sporty personality without being over-the-top, then the HR-V may be more to your liking.
HR-V’s Spacious Interior VS. The Juke’s Cramped Cabin
When you take a tape measure to both the Honda HR-V’s and the Nissan Juke’s interior, you’ll find that the HR-V comes out clearly ahead.
The Nissan Juke’s skimpy interior just doesn’t measure up to the HR-V’s. Total passenger volume for the HR-V, for example, is a spacious 100.1 cubic feet, while the Juke can only muster a puny 86.7 cubic feet of interior space. Plus, while the HR-V offers up to 24.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity behind the rear seats, the Juke only gives you 10.5 cubic feet of storage space. Apparently, the Juke puts a lot more emphasis on what some would call its “gimmicky,” multi-colored, “rally-inspired” interior design than it does roominess and versatility.
The HR-V’s nicely designed interior is chock full of quality materials and a zealous attention to detail. The HR-V’s sporty interior is a comfortable place to be, which is really important for those long road trips. You can luxuriate in available leather-trimmed and heated front seats and set the automatic climate control to just the right temperature.
HR-V Wins With Versatility
But where the HR-V really shines is in the versatility department. The HR-V’s 58.8 cubic feet of cargo space gives you plenty of room for all your stuff and more. You can configure the HR-V’s interior three ways thanks to the HR-V’s exclusive Magic Seat®. It easily folds and flips to accommodate those bigger, bulkier items. In Long Mode, the front passenger seat also fold flat, allowing you to load items up to 8 ft. long. Tall Mode let you fold up the bottom of the rear seats giving you an extra 4 ft. of vertical space.
HR-V’s Top Tech
Taking a turn toward technology, the 2016 HR-V crossover puts a world of standard and available infotainment features at your fingertips. For starters, all HR-Vs come equipped with standard Bluetooth® Streaming Audio and a handy USB audio interface. Plus, the HR-V has a 7-inch, multi-function touchscreen display designed to let you easily control a variety of functions. Of course, you can also control many of these same functions via convenient steering wheel-mounted controls as well.
As you move up in trim levels, you can add an 180-watt, 6-speaker audio system, PANDORA®, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio® and navigation to the HR-V’s high-tech capabilities. Additionally, HondaLink® Next Generation lets you hook up your compatible smartphone so you can enjoy your music, listen to podcasts and more. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and SMS text messaging give you the added convenience of connecting to calls and having your text messages read to you without taking your hands off the wheel.
The Nissan Juke? To be fair, it offers a similar complement of infotainment features through its NissanConnect® with Mobile Apps technology bundle.
HR-V’s Poised Handling, Better Fuel Economy & Lively Performance
Now, let’s talk about performance, handling, and fuel economy. The HR-V features a fuel efficient, 141-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 127 lb.-ft. of torque delivered via a continuously variable transmission. A sporty 6-speed manual transmission is also available. While the HR-V’s powerplant gives you more than you’ll need regarding power, it’s in the fuel-efficiency department that this capable engine really shines, with up to an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city. By comparison, the Juke gets just and EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway.*
In fact, the HR-V was just named “2016 Green SUV of the Year” by Green Car Journal, recognizing its class-leading environmental performance.
With an 188-horsepower, direct-injected and turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, the Nissan Juke is really all about performance rather than overall, everyday commuting. This is in keeping with the Juke’s radically different design. Nevertheless, with all that turbocharged power at its disposal, even TheCarConnection.com notes that the CVT-equipped Juke feels “oddly ponderous” around town with handling that they call “eccentric.”
On the other hand, the HR-V’s handling is much more poised and suited for daily driving. In fact, TheCarConnection.com calls the HR-V’s ride quality its “best attribute.” Both the HR-V and the Juke come with the available all-wheel drive.
HR-V Earns Better Safety Scores
Finally, we have a few things to say about safety. Both Honda and Nissan are industry leaders when it comes to safety. That’s why it’s so puzzling to us that the Nissan Juke faired so poorly in several of the NHTSA’s safety tests, earning it a lower 4-star safety rating compared to 5-stars for the HR-V.
A standard rear backup camera and unique LaneWatch are two important safety features you’ll find on the HR-V. LaneWatch uses a small camera that gives you an expanded view of the right side of the vehicle on the display when you use your turn signal. The HR-V’s rear visibility is also better than then Juke’s.
We should also note that the IIHS gave the Juke a “Poor” rating in its small front overlap test.
HR-V Gets The Nod
So let’s add it all up. The HR-V’s styling is contemporary, modern, and sporty while not being outlandishly pretentious or gaudy. Performance and handling are perfectly suited for those daily commutes and long trips. Fuel economy is above par, and safety features put the HR-V ahead.
The icing on the cake? There’s Honda’s legendary reliability to consider. According to a recent IHS-Polk automotive survey, 75% of all Hondas manufactured in the past 25 years are still on the road today. It’s no wonder that the HR-V’s residual value after 36 months is 58% compared to the Juke’s 51%. And the HR-V was also named one of Kelly Blue Book’s “16 Best Family Cars of 2016.”
If you’re looking for a quirky, sporty, crossover that emphasizes performance over practicality, then maybe the Nissan Juke is for you. But if you’re in the market for a stylish, sophisticated, and supremely versatile crossover that does all you could ask for and more, then we think the choice is obvious.
But don’t take our word for it. Test drive the new 2016 Honda HR-V for sale near Phoenix today at a conveniently located Valley Honda Dealer near you. Or check out one of the many outstanding 2016 Hondas for sale at our Honda new car dealerships in Phoenix.