If you’re looking at subcompact crossovers, chances are you’re looking for a few things. You want good fuel economy, excellent safety features, and easy maneuverability, but also a vehicle that can tote some cargo when you need it to. We decided to put the new 2018 Honda HR-V up against the 2017 Nissan Juke to see which is the better small SUV. Here’s how the experts weigh in on this HR-V vs. Juke comparison.
Reviewer #1: Kelley Blue Book
KBB’s reviewer Joe Tralonga liked the 2017 Nissan Juke in terms of its affordability and sporty attitude. He also liked it comes available in all-wheel-drive, which is perfect for those who want a little extra help when road conditions aren’t ideal. That said, his praise for interior space and cargo room was less than glowing — ditto for fuel economy — which resulted in an overall 8.3 rating for the Juke. Admirable? Yes, but wait till you see what the new Honda HR-V can do.
Tralonga absolutely loved the new HR-V’s roomy interior, which offers plenty of cargo room. He was also a fan of its great ground clearance, all-weather driving capabilities, low price tag and great fuel economy. His overall rating for the zippy little HR-V was a solid 9.3 out of 10 — a full point above the Juke.
One for three. Can the HR-V keep up the pace?
Reviewer #2: U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report’s reviewers liked the driving performance of the Juke, but that’s about where their praise ended. Under their “Is the Nissan Juke a Good SUV?” segment, they write the Juke “gets rather low safety scores, which is alarming given its diminutive size,” adding that “the Juke struggles to justify itself among subcompact SUVs unless performance is your main consideration.” Their ultimate verdict? “The Juke is hardly a good vehicle, much less a good SUV.” (Ouch!)
Here’s what U.S. News and World Reports had to say about the 2018 Honda HR-V: “Subcompact SUVs don’t score very high as a whole, but among this segment, the HR-V is one of the best. Its rear seat is exceptionally roomy for this class, and its cleverly folding seats let you easily haul oversized cargo like bicycles and tall plants. The HR-V also has a long history of above-average reliability scores.” The HR-V comes standard with a rearview camera for added safety, and Honda’s LaneWatch side-view monitor is an available option as well, making it one of the safest small SUVs on the road.
Reviewer #3 The Car Connection
Car Connection critics loved the Juke’s “funky” exterior styling, but were less than enthused about the interior, which they found to be cramped, with cargo space that’s “not all that impressive.” They were also quick to point out that some of the Nissan Juke’s interior materials were obviously “bargain basement” in terms of quality, leading them to score the Juke a 2 out of 10 in terms of comfort and quality.
On the other hand, the Car Connection had a wholly different reaction over the 2018 HR-V in terms of comfort and quality. Their take on interior quality? “Honda gets extra credit for fitting the HR-V with a nice grade of materials and ample storage.” They were equally impressed with the ample cargo space thanks in part to the fold-down seats that expand cargo room from almost 25 cubic feet to 58.8.
Our HR-V vs. Juke Take
It’s really no question that the Honda HR-V is a better buy than the Nissan Juke. In addition to the critics’ words above, the Nissan Juke also rates poorly in frontal crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where it earned an “alarming” 3 stars. The 2018 Honda HR-V earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, which puts it way ahead of the Juke in nearly every conceivable way. The HR-V even outpaces the Juke in fuel efficiency, returning 34 mpg on the highway compared to Nissan’s 32 mpg.
We think it’s pretty clear that the 2018 HR-V is a superior choice when you’re considering a small crossover for your next vehicle. But a trip to one of our South Florida Honda Dealers locations will help solidify that claim. Find and contact your local Honda dealership near Miami to test drive a new HR-V or any other 2018 Honda model today!
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