2016 Honda HR-V vs. 2016 Nissan Juke
College Place and Kennewick drivers looking for a cool compact crossover often find themselves choosing between the 2016 Honda HR-V and the 2016 Nissan Juke. Both offer fun and fresh modern styling, plus a strong range of standard and available features, but a closer look is enough to reveal the drawbacks of the Juke when compared with a class-leader like the HR-V.
Powertrains and MPG
The 2016 Honda HR-V was a new vehicle for this year, so it naturally boasts one of the most up to date engines around. Each and every trim level comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder to ensure up to 141 hp and 127 lb-ft of torque, more than enough to satisfy even the most discerning of drivers. Of course, the vehicle’s true draw is the outstanding efficiency ratings you receive with either available transmission:
- Six-Speed Manual: Achieves up to 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway* with FWD.
- Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT): Delivers up to an even more impressive 28 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway* with FWD.
The 2016 Nissan Juke’s standard 188-hp 1.6L four-cylinder offers a little more power than you need, and its efficiency ratings peak at an impractical 32 mpg on the highway. The available NISMO engine demands even more fuel — it makes up to only 29 mpg in the city.
The 2016 Nissan Juke really suffers when it comes to interior space and versatility. To start with, the Juke offers just 10.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and 36 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded, while the HR-V offers 24.3 and 58.8 cubic feet, respectively. The HR-V also offers the following configuration modes:
- Utility Mode: Fold the rear Magic Seat down to accommodate larger, bulkier items with ease.
- Long Mode: Fold both the passenger-side front and rear seats to slide in items up 8 feet long.
- Tall Mode: When your cargo needs to stand up instead of lie down, just fold a rear seat rest downwards for nearly 4 feet of vertical space.
Of course, the HR-V isn’t just better at carrying cargo — it also offers far more passenger space. Those in the rear are likely to be particularly glad you picked an HR-V over a Juke:
- Rear Leg Room: Up to a generous 39.3 inches in the Honda HR-V vs. a pitiful 32.1 inches in the Nissan Juke.
- Rear Head Room: Up to 38.3 inches in the Honda HR-V vs. only 36.7 inches in the Nissan Juke.
- Rear Shoulder Room: Up to a luxurious 54.5 inches in the Honda HR-V vs. just 51.4 inches in the Nissan Juke.
Comfort and Convenience
The 2016 Honda HR-V’s cabin is roomier and more flexible than that of the 2016 Nissan Juke, and it also puts a plethora of first-class features at your fingertips, many of which aren’t available with the Juke. Examples include:
- Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: The Juke also fits a rearview camera as standard, but only the HR-V offers one with three viewing modes to help you back up with added ease.
- Honda LaneWatch: Signal to your right and the optional Honda LaneWatch system displays live video on your touchscreen system from a small camera mounted below the passenger-side mirror.
- Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column: Adding to the Juke’s interior shortcomings is the fact that its steering column can tilt but cannot telescope — taller or shorter drivers will find the HR-V much better.
Honda is known among College Place and Kennewick drivers for delivering superbly safe vehicles, and the 2016 HR-V is no exception. Like the 2016 Nissan Juke, it offers anti-lock disc brakes, stability control, traction control, and a rearview camera as standard, but only the HR-V boasts an ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure.
That intelligent body is able to direct impact energy away from the passenger compartment rather than through it to protect you and your passengers in the event of a collision. That might be why the HR-V earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA** — the 2016 Juke earned only 4 stars.
The Honda HR-V Levels the Competition in its Very First Production Year
The Nissan Juke has been around for a while, so you might expect it to hold some advantages over a newcomer like the HR-V — but you’d be wrong. To take the 2016 Honda HR-V out for a test drive near Kennewick, just come to Walla Walla Valley Honda in College Place, WA.
* 25 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 6MT models. 28 city/35 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT models. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD CVT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov). Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).